England’s men and boys go for European gold

England Golf has today named strong men’s and boys’ selects to take on the challenge of next month’s European Team Championships.

The men have the advantage of playing on home turf when the leading male amateurs from 19 European nations come to Royal St George’s Golf Club on the Kent Coast from 5-9 July.

Royal St George’s, a host for the Open Championship on no fewer than 15 occasions, last staged the European Amateur Team Championship in 1965 when Ireland emerged triumphant.

The boys, meanwhile, return to a familiar location in Germany for their European adventure and the chance to win the Jean-Louis Dupont Trophy for the first time.

The complex at St Leon Rot GC– host of the recent German Boys’ Open – opens its doors for 18 teams from around Europe over the same dates in July.

England men’s team

  • Sam Bairstow – Hallowes GC, Yorkshire
  • Jack Bigham – Harpdenden GC, Hertfordshire
  • Barclay Brown – Hallamshire, Yorkshire
  • Arron Edwards-Hill – Chelmsford GC, Essex (main image)
  • John Gough – Beaconsfield GC, BB&O
  • Olly Huggins – Frilford Heath, BB&0

England boys’ team

  • Josh Berry – Doncaster GC, Yorkshire
  • Josh Hill – Trump Dubai GC
  • Frank Kennedy – Trump Jupiter GC
  • Dylan Shaw-Radford – Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire
  • Harley Smith – Rayleigh GC, Essex (pictured above)
  • Tyler Weaver – Bury St Edmunds GC, Suffolk


Commenting on the squads, Stephen Burnett, England Golf’s men’s performance manager, said: “These are two very strong selections packed with individual talent and featuring players with previous experience of international team events.

“The prospect of the men playing at Royal St George’s and flying the flag for England on one of the world’s great links courses is hugely exciting.

“Our boys have also enjoyed a strong start to the season at home and abroad and can head to Germany with confidence.

“These championships are always fiercely competitive and it will be great to be in the thick of the action again after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.”

England’s men have previously won the European title on 11 occasions. The last victory came in 2013 when the team defeated Scotland in the final played at Silkeborg GC in Denmark.

This year, Denmark head into the men’s event as champions while Germany will have home advantage when defending their boys’ crown.


Photography: Leaderboard