England’s U16s complete a clean sweep

Ben Jones

England’s U16 boys completed a clean sweep of their autumn Home International series when they beat Ireland 10½-5½ at Templepatrick Golf Club, near Belfast.

The team had earlier beaten Scotland 16-9 and Wales 11-9. This is the second year in a row that they have won all three matches.

In Ireland, the team won all three sessions of foursomes, fourballs and singles and three England players won all their matches: Angus Flanagan of Surrey, Ben Jones of Northamptonshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire.

Steve Burnett, the England Golf Men’s Performance Manager, said: “This caps off a great series of three matches. The venue was fantastic, with excellent greens, and the boys performed very well. There was some very good golf from both sides.”

The team which played Ireland was: Jack Ainscough (Hartlepool), Jake Benson (Beeston Fields), Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Barclay Brown (Hallamshire), Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill), Harry Goddard  (Hanbury Manor), Ben Jones (Brampton Heath) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).

The same eight players, together with Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) and Luke Kelly (Ashton-under-Lyne), played against Scotland.

The team against Wales was Goddard, Flanagan and Kelly, together with Harvey Byers (Walton Heath), Thomas Plumb (Sherborne), George Saunders (Meon Valley), Taylor Stote (Burnham & Berrow) and James Wilson (Tyneside).