Surrey’s Angus Flanagan will defend his title when the Carris Trophy is played next week at West Sussex Golf Club, from 25-28 July.
He won the English U18 boys’ open championship in a dramatic play-off last year and went on to help England win the Boys’ Home Internationals.
The 18-year-old from St George’s Hill (pictured) is among a number of boy internationals in the field, with six of them selected for England’s two teams to defend the Nations Cup trophy.
In team one, Flanagan will be joined by Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall, Norfolk) and Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire). Team two is made up of Jack Cope (Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire), Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County) and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire).
The championship has attracted a strong international field, with players travelling from across Europe and as far afield as the USA and South Africa. But local interest will focus on England U16 international Charlie Hilton, who is a member at Ifield in Sussex and recently won the Midland U16 boys’ championship.
The field of 144 players will be tested by the renowned heathland course at West Sussex. The championship is played over 72 holes of stroke play and all competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days. Then the leading 60 players and ties will qualify for the remaining 36 holes on the next two days.
Nations Cup players:
Toby Briggs, 17, (Dunston Hall), challenged for the lead in the early stages of the European amateur and had a top ten finish in the German boys’ open after solid results in the Portuguese amateur and the U18 Peter McEvoy Trophy.
Angus Flanagan, 18, (St George’s Hill) won the Carris Trophy last year and followed up with sixth place in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. He was third in this season’s Peter McEvoy.
Harry Goddard, 17, (Hanbury Manor) is the Daily Telegraph junior champion. This season he has reached the quarter finals of the Spanish amateur, was in the top 20 at the Brabazon Trophy and the top 10 at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.
Jack Cope, 17 (Minchinhampton) tied for the Irish boys’ amateur only to lose in a play-off when his opponent holed out from 129 yards for an eagle. He helped England win the 2016 Canadian International Junior Challenge where he was eighth individually.
Ben Jones, 18, (Northamptonshire County) won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters with a score of 18-under. Earlier in the season he was fourth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and tied 10th in the U21 Bernard Darwin Salver.
Robin Williams, 15, (Peterborough Milton) was fifth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and had a string of successful results in men’s events in South Africa early in the season.
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