A squad of four teenagers have been selected to represent England in the French International Boys’ Championship at Omaha Beach from 24-28 March.
They are Jake Benson of Nottinghamshire, Alex Fitzpatrick of Yorkshire, Nathan Longley of Sussex and Taylor Stote of Somerset (image © Leaderboard Photography).
The championship starts with two rounds of stroke play qualifying and the top 32 players will qualify for the matchplay for the Michel Carlhian Trophy. The next 16 players aged U16 qualify for a consolation matchplay. A Nations Cup event is played over the qualifying rounds, with the best two scores counting each day, and England will be represented in this by Benson, Fitzpatrick and Stote.
Jake Benson, 16, (Beeston Fields) tied for the U16 Hazards Trophy at last year’s English U18 boys’ championship, where he was 10th overall. He also helped England U16s to their clean sweep in their autumn home internationals and had top five finishes in the Scottish and the North of England U16 boys’ strokeplay championships.
Alex Fitzpatrick, 17, (Hallamshire) was third in the Italian U16 boys’ championship, having been runner-up the previous year. He was fifth in England’s McGregor Trophy, where he equalled the Wallasey course record of six-under 66 in the final round. He was also in England’s successful U16 team.
Nathan Longley, 17, (Worthing) tied third in the Sir Henry Cotton Junior Masters and was 15th in the German Junior Masters. He qualified for the matchplay stages of the British boys’ championship.
Taylor Stote, 16, (Burnham & Berrow) was another member of the England U16 team for the home internationals. He had a string of consistently high finishes in last year’s major U16 events and won the individual event at the South West boys’ county qualifying.