Experienced England squad targets European title

Garrick Porteous 2012

Newly-crowned Amateur champion Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) and Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI) have been named in a strong six-man England team to contest the European Men’s Team Championships at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club in Jutland, Denmark on 9th – 13th July.

They will be joined by Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) and Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) in a bid to regain the Euro title lost in 2011.

Kimsey, Orrin, Porteous and Tree formed the England squad that regained the European Nations Championship in Spain in March.

Two years ago in Portugal, England finished a disappointing 15th and lost their place in the European Men’s Team Championships. That meant to regain that place, England had to finish in the top three in the European Challenge Trophy in Iceland last year, which they did, winning the event comprehensively.

Porteous and Shinkwin were members of that victorious squad while Raymond was reserve and England will go into this year’s event with the aim of regaining the title last won in 2010 in Sweden. Overall England has won the title ten times.

Porteous, 23 (image copyright Tom Ward Photography), won the Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports last week after beating Finland’s Toni Hakula 6 and 5 in the final. This triumph followed his victory in the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship and a runner-up spot in the Welsh Stroke Play.

Raymond, 27, winner of the Brabazon Trophy for the past two years, topped the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit last year and reached the final of the Spanish Amateur this year only to finish runner-up. However, he won the St Andrews Links Trophy and was beaten by Porteous in the Amateur Championship quarter finals.

Kimsey, 20, reached the English Amateur semi-finals and made his full international debut last year then had three runners-up spots in Australia during the winter. This season he has won the Terra Cotta Invitational in Florida and has had top six finishes in the Lytham Trophy, Scottish Stroke Play and the St Andrews Links Trophy, being joint runner-up in the latter.

Orrin, 19, topped the England Golf Boys Order of Merit last year and is again enjoying a successful season. He has won the South East of England Links Championship and the Lagonda Trophy, finished runner-up to Raymond in the St Andrews Links Championship and reached the semi-finals of the Amateur Championship.

Shinkwin, 20, an England cap for the past two years, has also been among the prizes this year. He won the South American Amateur Championship in Colombia, was second in the South East of England Links Championship and the Scottish Open Stroke Play and fourth in the Welsh Stroke Play. He also won the Hampshire Salver after a third place in the Hampshire Hog and fourth in the Selborne Salver.

Tree, 19, has been capped at under 16, boys and men’s levels, having made his debut in the latter against France last year. He has won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa for the past two winters and has finished eighth in the Lytham Trophy and ninth in the St Andrews Links Trophy.

The first two days of the European Championships is devoted to stroke play qualifying before the match play knockout over the final three days.