Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), winner of the boys title in this month’s Fairhaven Trophies, and Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) will be the England Golf representatives in the 54-hole Rudersdal Junior Open at Furesoe Golf Club near Copenhagen on 26th – 27th May.
The Fairhaven success was 17-year-old Kelly’s first ‘top level’ title although he has come close on several occasions. He finished runner-up in last year’s British Boys Championship, losing to Harrison Greenberry (Exeter G&CC) on the 37th hole of the final at Burnham & Berrow.
In 2010, Kelly, finished fourth in the English under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy and fifth in both the under 18 championship for the Carris Trophy and the Midland Boys Championship. Last year, he was seventh in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and ninth in the Lagonda Trophy and the Junior County Champions Tournament. So far this year the under 16 and boy international has finished seventh in the McEvoy Trophy while he was a member of the winning Nations Cup team at the Fairhaven Trophies.
Marsh, 17, finished equal third behind Kelly at Fairhaven and was a member of the team than finished second in the Nations Cup. He finished joint second in the preceding McEvoy Trophy and in 2011, he was tied ninth at Fairhaven and 14th in the McGregor Trophy. Like Kelly, he is a member of the England boys’ squad. When the English Golf Union sent players to last year’s event for the first time, Greg Payne (Chobham, Surrey) finished third and Jamie Bower (Meltham, Yorkshire) eighth.
In the Rudersdal event 36 holes are played on the first day and the final round on 27th May.