Patrick Kelly and Bobby Keeble, who were involved in a four hole playoff for the Carris Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports last week, have both been selected in the England team that will defend the Boys Home Internationals at County Louth Golf Club in Ireland on 7th – 9th August.
Keeble (Abridge, Essex), who finished runner-up, is one of five new caps in the 11-strong team, the others being Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Daniel Brown (Bedale, Yorkshire), Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire), and Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI).
The rest of the team is: Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). Overall there are four members from Yorkshire, including two of the team, Brown and Dean, that has qualified for the Boys County Finals.
Keeble, 16, finished tied sixth in the south East Boys qualifying and is the newly crowned Essex champion, while Burlison, 17, the Staffordshire Youths champion, is a former under 16 cap who finished runner-up in the South of England Boys last year.
Brown, 17, finished joint seventh last week in the under 18 championship for the Carris Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports, while Dean, 18, won the Poncat Dutch Junior Open recently and has finished runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophy and the Northern Boys qualifying.
Singh Brar, 15, was a joint winner of the Junior Champion of County Champions tournament last year and finished sixth in the McEvoy Trophy and in the English under 16 championship for the McGregor Trophy.
Fitzpatrick, 17, was another joint winner of last year’s Junior Champion of County Champions tournament when he finished second on the EGU boys Order of Merit. This year he has won the Selborne Salver, second in the Berkshire Trophy and Hampshire Salver and equal third in last week’s Carris Trophy.
Kelly, the new under 18 champion, became a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals and played in the recent European Boys Team Championships, having been an under 16 international. He finished runner-up in the British Boys last year but won the Fairhaven Trophy in April.
Marsh, 17, earned his first boy cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships in Sweden and has finished joint runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy and joint third in the Fairhaven Trophy this year.
Orrin, 18, another former under 16 cap, has been a boy international for two years. The newly-crowned Kent champion is enjoying a successful season with second places in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy and Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and third in last week’s Carris Trophy.
Tree, 18, made his full England debut against France in May but earned his first boys cap in the Boys Home Internationals two years ago. Won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa early in the year, was a quarter finalist in the recent Amateur Championship and finished fifth in the Carris Trophy.
Turner, 16, is the Lincolnshire boys’ champion who stepped up from under 16 level to a boy cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships. Finished third in this year’s Fairhaven Trophy and fourth in the McGregor Trophy.
Under its current format, England has a fine record in the Boys Home Internationals having finished champions 17 times, including last year in Wales.
Image of Bobby Kebble © Tom Ward.