England has named its teams for both the European Senior Men’s Team Championship in Denmark and the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth in Northumberland.
Ian Attoe, pictured, (Worplesdon, Surrey), Richard Norton (Beverley & East Riding, Yorkshire), Paul Wharton (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Surrey), Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire) and Rich Jones (Rotherham, Yorkshire) will represent their country at the European Senior Men’s Team Championship at Rungsted Golf Club on 3-7 September with Attoe and Kellock returning having been part of the English team that finished fourth behind winners Germany 12 months ago at Diamond Country Club in Austria.
The last time England lifted the trophy was on home soil at Fairhaven Golf Club back in 2010 having also won the previous year at Ascona Golf Club in Switzerland.
The same six players have also been named in the English team for the Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth on 17-19 September where they will be joined by Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire). Kellock, Attoe, Jones and Norton were all part of the English team which finished second on points behind Scotland last year at Southerness. England won previously in both 2016 and 2017.
The Senior Men’s Home Internationals is an annual round-robin competition between teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is held in each of the four countries in turn with each individual match being decided by the results from three foursomes and six singles.
The European Senior Men’s Team Championship is played over two stages. It starts with two rounds of stroke play to decide the seeds for the match play. In the match play each match is decided by the results from one foursome and four singles.
Ian Attoe – He has had a tremendous season winning the English Senior Men’s Open Amateur Championship, finishing second in the Scottish Seniors Open and third in the East of England Seniors. He was also fourth in the West of England Seniors.
Richard Norton – Richard has amassed a trio of victories this season at the East of England Seniors, the West of England Seniors and the North Group Seniors. He was also second behind Attoe at the English Senior Men’s Open Amateur Championship and tied second at the Frank Stableford Trophy.
Paul Wharton – Paul beat Rich Jones in a play-off to win the Welsh Seniors Open in Wrexham. He was also tied-second in the Midland Group Seniors.
Rupert Kellock – This year the experienced Kellock was third in the West of England Seniors, tied-fifth in the Frank Stableford Trophy and tied-fifth at the Scottish Seniors Open. He was also tied-seventh at the Senior Amateur Championship at North Berwick.
Alan Mew – Mew’s big moment this year came at the Irish Open Seniors Championship at Bevoir Park where he completed a wire-to-wire victory over Nigel Evans from Wales. He was also tied-fourth at the South East Group Seniors.
Rich Jones – Jones lost in a play-off to Wharton in the Welsh Senior Open in Wrexham and also finished tied-fourth in the English Senior Men’s Open and in a share of fifth place at the Frank Stableford Trophy.
Tim Whittaker – Tim was second at the East of England Seniors and tied second at both the Frank Stableford Trophy and the Bill Shankland Trophy. He was also third at the English Senior Men’s Open Championship.
Photos: Credit Leaderboard Photography.