England teams to take on Spain and Switzerland

Alice Hewson

England will aim to repeat last year’s victory when a mixed team takes on the challenge of Spain in next week’s annual U16 international.

The match will take place on Tuesday, 20 August, at Heswall Golf Club, Cheshire, and for the first time this year it will be played simultaneously with a new girls’ fixture against Switzerland.  

The matches take place immediately before the North of England U16 open stroke play championship at Heswall, from 21-23 August.

The team to play Spain is:

Alice Hewson of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography)
Sophie Lamb of Clitheroe, Lancashire
Martha Lewis of St George’s Hill, Surrey
Hollie Muse of West Lancashire, Lancashire    
Matty Lamb of Hexham, Northumberland
Herman Loubser of Mount Murray, Isle of Man
Arrun Singh-Brar of Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI
Billy Spooner of Boston, Lincolnshire

The team will play foursomes in the morning followed by afternoon singles. Last year England won the match 9½-2½.

The match against Switzerland will be four singles and the team is:

Harriet Allsebrook of Shifnal, Shropshire
Eloise Healey of West Lancashire, Lancashire
Chloe Howard of Boringdon Park, Devon
Victoria Mallett of Sutton Coldfield Ladies’, Warwickshire    

The players:

Alison Hewson, 15, was in England’s winning team at the European Young Masters and at the Girls’ Home Internationals. She is the Scottish U16 open stroke play champion and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy.
Sophie Lamb
, 15, was England’s leading points scorer at the Girls’ Home Internationals, won the girls’ championship at the 2013 Fairhaven Trophies and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy.

Martha Lewis, 13, was both runner-up and England’s leading player at the English girls’ open U13 championship. She represented Surrey girls in Junior County Match Week and reached the quarter finals of the Surrey ladies’ championship.

Hollie Muse, 13, was the 2012 English U13 girls’ champion, successfully made the cut in this year’s English women’s amateur and reached the matchplay stages of the British girls’ championship.

Matty Lamb, 15, won the Scottish U14 championship and was runner-up for the English U14 title, both last year when he was capped by England for the U16 international with Wales. This year he has won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and finished tied 11th in the U18 Championship for the Carris Trophy.
Herman Loubser, 14, is the first player from the Isle of Man to be selected by England since Kevin Moore was a member of the Youth squad 11 years ago. He has enjoyed a successful season in boys’ championships, his best finish being fifth in the U14 Championship for the Reid Trophy.

Arrun Singh Brar, 14, played in the equivalent match last year when he was also capped against Wales. In 2012, he won the Hampshire U14 title and the Douglas Johns Trophy, while this year he finished eighth in the South West Region Schools Championship.

Billy Spooner, 15, debuted in last year’s match with Spain and also played against Wales and Scotland. This year, he finished joint runner-up in the English Boys U16 championship for the McGregor Trophy and fifth in the U18 championship.

Harriet Allsebrook, 14, is the new English U15 girls’ champion – winning the title in a marathon play-off – and the Shropshire girls’ champion.  She has trained with an England Golf Birdie squad.

Chloe Howard, 14, is the Devon ladies’ champion and tied 11th in the recent English girls’ U15 open championship, which was held in her home county.
Eloise Healey, 15, is the English schools’ U16 champion and has had top five finishes in this season’s Scottish U16 girls’ and the Fairhaven Trophies. She reached the matchplay stages of the British girls’.

Victoria Mallett, 15, was runner-up in the English girls’ U15 open championship, coming from seven shots behind to force a play-off which went to the fifth hole. She tied fourth in the Bridget Jackson Bowl