England team named for French challenge match

England’s men’s squad will renew a long-standing and friendly rivalry with France in an international challenge match taking place on 14-15 May.

The biennial competition will be held at the splendid St-Nom-La-Breteche Golf Club on the outskirts of Paris.

The following eight men have been selected to represent England:

  • Sam Bairstow – Yorkshire
  • Jack Bigham – Hertfordshire
  • Jack Brooks – Lancashire
  • Zach Chegwidden – Essex
  • Arron Edwards-Hill – Essex
  • John Gough – BB&O
  • Joe Harvey – Gloucestershire
  • Olly Huggins – BB&O

The format for the match is four sets of morning foursomes followed by eight afternoon singles on both days.

It’s been four years since the match was last contested after the 2020 edition, due to take place at Ganton Golf Club, was cancelled because of the pandemic.

Back in 2018, England ran out 13-7 winners in a rain-affected match played at Vidauban Golf Club in Nice.

England boasts a proud overall record in the match having recorded 30 wins since the inaugural event in 1934. The last of France’s five victories came in 2010 at Chantilly.

This year’s visit to St Nom-La-Breteche also gives the England delegation a chance to look at the course ahead of it co-hosting the World Amateur Team Championships in August in partnership with Le Golf National, venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup.