England youngsters seek fifth successive victory in Canada

Cameron Massey

New English champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), a quarter finalist in the British Boys Championship, have been selected in a team of four to represent the England Golf in the Canadian International Junior Challenge at Oslerbrook Golf and Country Club in Ontario on 11th – 13th September.

They will be joined by Cameron Massey (Chorlton cum Hardy, Cheshire) and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire).

English players have enjoyed considerable success in this team event, winning the title in the past four years but only once taking the individual medal.

Ellis, 17, became the youngest ever winner of the English Amateur Championship when he beat Henry Tomlinson (Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, Lancashire) in the 36-hole final at Silloth-on-Solway last month. It earned the former under 16 cap a successful debut in the Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes.

Marsh, 17 reached the last eight of the British Boys, and was unbeaten in his six games in the Boys Home Internationals, winning five, then helped Yorkshire win the Boys County Championship at Cotswold Hills recently. He also represented England in the European Boys Team Championships in Sweden in July.

Massey, 17, became an under 16 international last year when he represented England against Scotland and Wales. This year, he has finished fifth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and equal 12th in the Fairhaven Trophy.

Moore, 15, was the English under 14 champion last year when he was also capped by England at under 16 and schools levels. This year, he has finished fourth in the McEvoy Trophy, fifth in the European Young Masters in Hungary and sixth in the Douglas Johns Trophy. Recently, he was in the winning England team against Spain in the annual under 16 international at Pannal.

The Canadian International Junior Challenge, now in its 6th year, is one of the marquee events conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association and is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada.

It is a team event played over 54 holes of stroke play with the three best scores each day to count. There is also an individual prize.