England’s young guns fix their sights on Ireland match

England’s Under 16 Boys’ squad has targeted a win against Ireland as the perfect finale to the season and a stepping stone towards more success in 2020.

Hot on the heels of a comprehensive 13-7 win against Wales at Newport GC at the weekend, the young guns are ready go again as they play hosts to Ireland at Hunstanton GC on October 12-13.

Six boys have been named in the squad for the Irish clash – three of whom are just 14 years of age and with four years of boys’ golf still ahead of them.

Yorkshire’s Josh Berry, Hugh Adams from Worcestershire and Essex’s Harley Smith are the most youthful members of a squad that heads to the Norfolk coast full of confidence.

Joining them are Eindhoven-based Jack Ingham fresh from claiming a full three points against Wales.

Jack Bigham was another top performer against the Welsh – the Hertfordshire golfer ending the weekend unbeaten with 2.5 points out of three.

Reis Suart from Hertfordshire has earned his place on the team for Ireland after a 7&6 win in the Sunday singles against Wales underlined his ability to perform at international level.

Under 16 Team Manager Nick Over is excited at what lies ahead for the squad heading into 2020.

“It’s been another excellent season in terms of results and the when you look at the age range of this squad it augurs well for the future,” admitted Over.

“It’s not unusual to have one 14-year old in a squad of this level but to have three shows just how much quality is coming through the ranks.

“You do wonder how they will cope with a little bit of pressure playing at this level so young, but I have to say that against Wales they all performed admirably and were a good bunch to deal with off the course as well.

“They all prepared thoroughly and weren’t daunted by pulling on the shirt to represent England.

“As always we are building towards the Home Internationals and the European Championships in 2020.

“We are looking to claim a medal at the Europeans and from that to qualify for the World Championships in Japan.

“Games such as this one against Ireland are all part of the preparations as we look towards that end goal.”

While the boys face Ireland, England’s girls are also taking part against their counterparts from the Emerald Isle.

Performance Manager Stephen Burnett added: “Hunstanton is a terrific venue and proved as much when it hosted the Carris Trophy a few years ago. I’m sure the boys and girls will love the course.”


The squad:

Hugh Adams, 14, Hagley and Worcestershire (pictured above)

Jack Bigham, 16, Harpenden and Hertfordshire.

Josh Berry, 14, Doncaster and Yorkshire.

Jack Ingham, 16, Eindhovensche, Holland.

Harley Smith, 14, Rayleigh and Essex.

Reis Suart, 15, Welwyn Garden City and Hertfordshire.

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