Golf club teams seek national glory

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Golf clubs from across England will compete this weekend for national glory – and a place in a European championship.

The English Champion Club tournament will be contested by 34 teams and played at East Devon Golf Club, tomorrow and on Sunday.

The winning team will represent England in the European Men’s Club Trophy in France from 26-28 October.

This year’s challengers include 2015 champions, Birstall Golf Club, from Leicestershire and Rutland. Their team includes two members of that winning side, Steve Sansome and Jack Merry, who this year will be joined by Stuart Marriott.

Simon Richardson, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, will be seeking a second national title in a week. He won the English Men’s County Champion of Champions title last weekend at Woodhall Spa. This weekend he is joined by Hugo Kedzlie and Andrew Grimwood.

England internationals Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Jack Yule are both in the field, together with boy international Ben Jones.

Petrozzi represents Trentham, Staffordshire and will play alongside Kevin Beattie and Robert Parkes. Yule, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, will be joined by Kale Heath and Paul Savage.

Jones is the long-time leader of the England Golf Boys’ Order of Merit and recently won the international Duke of York Young Champions Trophy by eight shots. He represents Northamptonshire County Golf Club alongside Daniel Roberts and Charlie Salter.

The local challenge will be led by the team from Tiverton in Devon: Rhys Cruse, Bradley Scott and Tom Trowbridge.

The teams face the fair and interesting challenge of East Devon’s clifftop course (pictured) which features spectacular views long the coast and is ranked among the country’s top 100.

The winning club will be the one with the lowest combined score of all three players over 36 holes.

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