Five England players are included in the 18-strong Great Britain and Ireland squad for the St Andrews Trophy match at Prince’s, Kent, on 20-21 July.
They are Jamie Bower of Yorkshire, Scott Gregory of Hampshire, Bradley Moore of Derbyshire, Marco Penge of Sussex and Ashton Turner of Lincolnshire.
Scotland’s Craig Watson will captain the nine-man team that will face the Continent of Europe in the biennial match. GB&I are bidding to retain the trophy following their 14-10 victory at Barsebäck in 2014, their first win in the match since 2008. Watson takes over from Welshman Nigel Edwards, who captained the team on three occasions.
“I’m very much looking forward to the match and want to build on the success that Nigel and the team enjoyed two years ago in Sweden,” he said.
“We have a strong group of players to call upon again this year and there is a good mixture of experience and youth in the squad. We know we will be in for a tough match at Prince’s so we have to pick the best team we can and the players will be working hard throughout this season to impress the selectors.”
The St Andrews Trophy has been played alternately on British/Irish and mainland European courses since 1956. GB&I has won on 25 occasions and the Continent of Europe has won five times, including the 2010 and 2012 matches.
The England players:
Jamie Bower (Meltham) age 22 – has notched up two victories in 2016 at the Gauteng North Amateur and the Southern Cape Open in South Africa. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)?
Scott Gregory (Corhampton) age 21 – runner-up in the 2016 Spanish Amateur and helped England win the Costa Ballena Quadrangular tournament. He tied fourth in last year’s European Amateur.
Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) age 18 – first reserve for the GB&I Walker Cup team, captained the 2015 GB&I Jacques Leglise Trophy team to a draw with the Continent of Europe and won the Carris Trophy.
Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood) age 17 – played in the 2013 and 2015 GB&I Jacques Leglise Trophy teams and won three times last year: the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.
Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) age 20 – won the Darwin Salver last year and achieved a top ten finish at the European Nations Cup in Spain in February.
The other squad members are:
Jack Hume (Naas) – County Kildare
Stuart Grehan (Tullamore) – County Offaly
Alex Gleeson (Castle) – Dublin
John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) – County Antrim
Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) – Dunbartonshire
Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) – East Lothian
Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) – Ayrshire
Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten) – Argyll and Bute
Greig Marchbank (Thornhill) – Dumfries and Galloway
Craig Ross (Kirkhill) – Lanarkshire
Connor Syme (Drumoig) – Fife
David Boote (Walton Heath) – Surrey
Owen Edwards (Llanwern) – Newport