England stars selected for world championships

Gemma Clews

Curtis Cup players Meghan MacLaren and Alice Hewson and the Amateur Champion Scott Gregory are included in England’s teams for next month’s World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico.

MacLaren and Hewson – who also helped England win the European women’s team championship in July – will be joined by Gemma Clews for the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy. The non-travelling reserve is Sammie Giles.

Gregory will team up with Jamie Bower and Alfie Plant for the men’s Eisenhower Trophy. All three were members of the GB&I team which retained the St Andrews Trophy against the Continent of Europe last month and of the England team which beat France in this season’s biennial international

Both championships will be played at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club and Mayakoba El Camaleion Golf Club. The Espirito Santo Trophy takes place from 14-17 September and the Eisenhower Trophy from 21-24 September.

Women’s team:

Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) leads the England Golf women’s order of merit, having tied 4th in the English women’s amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She reached the last 16 in the British women’s championship and was fifth in the Welsh strokeplay. She was in England’s winning team at the Women’s Home Internationals. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).

Alice Hewson, 19, (Berkhamsted, Hampshire) made her Curtis Cup debut in the winning GB&I team in June. She has been a regular individual winner since capturing the English U13 girls’ title and has helped England beat Spain in the biennial international, to win the girls’ and women’s Home Internationals and the team event at the European Young Masters. She has won twice since starting at Clemson University in South Carolina last year.

Meghan MacLaren, 22, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) holed the winning putt in this year’s Curtis Cup match. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit. This season she has had top ten finishes in the South American Amateur, the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championships and in qualifying for the European team championship. She reached the last 16 in the British women’s amateur.

Sammie Giles, 21 (St Mellion, Cornwall) is the English women’s amateur champion and won the 2015 English stroke play title. She is a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship.

Men’s team:

Jamie Bower, 23, (Meltham, Yorkshire) won the English men’s open stroke play for the Brabazon Trophy and reached the last 16 in the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl. Earlier this season he won twice in South Africa, in the Gauteng North Amateur and the Southern Cape Open, and was third in the African Open. He was in England’s winning team in the 2016 international against France.

Scott Gregory, 21, (Corhampton, Hampshire) won the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl and, with it, places in The Open, the US Open and a traditional invitation to the Masters. He went on to reach the second round of the US Amateur and currently leads the England Golf men’s order of merit. Earlier this season he was runner-up in the Spanish amateur and was in the winning England team at the Costa Ballena tournament.

Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park, Kent) beat an international field by seven shots to win the 2016 Lytham Trophy. He reached the match play stages of the Amateur Championship and has had top tens in the Brabazon Trophy, the Cape Province Open in South Africa and the Berkhamsted Trophy and was 11th in the French amateur. He was runner up in the 2015 English amateur.