England will parade three new caps in their six-man squad for the European Men’s Seniors Team Championships at Estoril Golf Club on 4th – 8th September.
The newcomers, all recent recruits to seniors golf, are John Ambridge (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Tyrone Carter (Stevenage, Hertfordshire) (image © Tom Ward) and Martin Galway (Brighton & Hove, Sussex).
They will join England seniors regulars Chris Reynolds (Littlestone, Kent), Alan Squires (Oldham, Lancashire) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O) in a powerful line-up seeking to regain the title last won at Fairhaven in 2010.
Ambridge has been a long-serving Hertfordshire player and a scratch golfer for many years. He has twice played in the Open Championship and reached the Final Qualifying this year. An extremely keen competitor, he has been Herts county champion three times and runner-up last year.
Carter is the current Herts seniors champion and lies third on the Titleist/FootJoy English Seniors Order of Merit. Born in Barbados but domiciled in Britain for 45 years, he is a long-hitter with an unorthodox swing. Finished tied 13th in this year’s English Seniors but was the third best English player in the recent Seniors British Amateur Championship.
Galway, in his first year as a senior, made his debut in the Seniors British Open in Wales and finished the second highest English player after closing with a round of 70. A stalwart of Sussex golf, he has been Sussex county champion three times and will be playing for England for the first time at any level.
Reynolds has been a senior English international since 2006 and this will be his fifth European Seniors Team Championship, including the title-winning team in 2010. He was English senior champion in 2009 and runner-up for the past three years and a member of the Kent squad that has won the English Seniors County Championship four times in the past five years.
Squires has been English seniors champion for the past three years, the first man to achieve such a record. He became a seniors international in 2004 and has played in three European Seniors Team Championships including the winning 2010 side. He has been Lancashire seniors champion on several occasions and was runner-up this year.
Stracey made his international debut in the 2009 European Seniors Team Championships and has played twice in the Seniors Home Internationals. A member of the triumphant Kent team for the past three years, he has now switched to BB&O. Is enjoying a highly successful 2012 in which he has won the Welsh Open Seniors, finished joint third in the English and joint fifth in the Scottish Open Seniors and currently leads the Titleist/FootJoy English Seniors Order of Merit.
England won the European title in 2009 and 2010 but the GB&I zone teams agreed not to compete last year when Sweden was crowned champions.