England’s senior men seek title hat-trick at North Berwick

Tyrone Carter

The six-man team that collected the bronze medals in last week’s European Men’s Senior Team Championships in Poland plus Tyrone Carter (Stevenage, Hertfordshire) will represent England in the Senior Home Internationals at North Berwick Golf Club on 16th – 18th September.

England will be seeking a hat-trick of titles after winning in Wales and Ireland over the past two years while the new-look squad will use the experience gained in Poland to complete a third successive triumph.

The six who were beaten by the Irish in the Europeans but then overcame the Scots to finish third will be on parade again: Stephen East (Moortown, Yorkshire), Clive Jones (Toulouse, France), Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Tony McLure (Longhirst Hall, Northumberland), Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O).

“We were disappointed not to win the European title,” said Team Manager Richard Palmer. “We just can’t seem to get over the line at the moment and we lost on the last green to Ireland in the semi-finals. Now we must defend the Home Internationals having won for the past two years.”

McLure and Mew formed a formidable duo in the European foursomes, winning all three of their games, while Jones dropped just half a point in his three outings.

East, the English senior champion, won two of his three games in Poland and is currently leading the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Senior Order of Merit after second places in the Irish and Scottish Seniors and fourth spot in the European Senior Men’s Championship.

Jones, a resident of France for the past 20 years, will be making his debut in the Seniors Home Internationals as the European Seniors individual champion while McLure, who has come close to winning the Welsh Seniors for the past two years and this year’s British Seniors, will also be getting his first taste of the Seniors Home Internationals.

Mew, enjoying a new lease of golfing life after a distinguished amateur career, won the Senior County Champions Tournament in 2012 and this year has finished second in the Scottish Seniors and eighth in the European Seniors.

Latham, enjoyed a meteoric rise through the senior ranks last year, winning the Scottish and English titles within weeks then being capped in European Team Championships. This year he has finished tied fourth in defending the English Seniors title and sixth in the Scottish Seniors while he also represented GB&I against the US in the Concession Cup.

Stracey, a past winner of the Irish and Welsh Seniors, was also selected for the Concession Cup. Also this year, he finished joint runner-up in the English Seniors, equal fourth in the Welsh Seniors and tied eighth in the British Seniors. He has represented England at senior level since 2009.

Carter (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) made his England seniors debut in the 2012 European Seniors Team Championships in Portugal and was a member of last year’s team in Hungary. He has helped England win the past two Seniors Home Internationals and was a member of the Hertfordshire team that won the Seniors County Championship in 2012.