England trio bid for a solid Finnish

Paul Howard

England Golf is sending the experienced trio of David Booth (Rotherham, Yorkshire), Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex) and Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire) to Helsinki Golf Club to compete in the Finnish Amateur on 16th – 18th August.

Casey, 19, was the English under 18 champion last year when he finished third on the Titleist/FootJoy English Boys Order of Merit. He also won the Duke of York Young Champions tournament, was third in the Lagonda Trophy and fourth in the Fairhaven Trophy.

This year, Casey has finished third in the Tillman Trophy and equal seventh in the Berkhamsted Trophy and is a member of the England ‘A’ squad.

Booth, 24, who will be making his first foreign trip for England Golf, has recently completed his studies at Stirling University. He was a member of the Yorkshire boys’ team prior to going to university and has represented the Yorkshire first team when available. He was the only English member of the European universities team in the recent Palmer Cup victory over the American universities.

Howard, 21 (image © Tom Ward), also representing England Golf for the first time, was the individual winner in this year’s Northern Counties Men’s Qualifying at Ponteland, having finished joint runner-up in the Selborne Salver and tied eighth in the Lytham Trophy.  A product of the Lancashire boys coaching, he is a first team regular and played for the Red Rose in last year’s County Finals at Ganton.

The Finnish Amateur is played over 54 holes with a cut after two rounds, the leading 36 players and ties going forward to the third and final round.