International duo chase more success Down Under

Harry Casey

Internationals Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex) and Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) will represent England Golf in a number of key, early-year championships during a five-week stay in Australia.

They will be seeking to follow in the footsteps of a number of past internationals who have produced a string of successes Down Under in recent years.

Casey, 20, (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) made his full England debut last Spring in the international with Spain at El Prat and was also a member of England’s victorious team in the Home Internationals at Ganton.

Also in 2013, he won the Selborne Salver, was beaten in a playoff for the Poncat Dutch Junior Open, finished third in the Portuguese Amateur Championship and the Hampshire Salver and reached the last 16 of the Spanish Amateur.

Evans, 23, who was capped for the first time in last year’s Home Internationals, enjoyed a successful 2013, finishing seventh on the Titleist/Footjoy England Golf Order of Merit.

His successes included victory in the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup in France, while he also won the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. On top of that, he finished joint runner-up in the St Andrews Links Trophy and joint third in the French Open Stroke Play.

Their first action will be in the Masters of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne on 7th – 10th January followed by the Australian Amateur Championship at The Grange, South Australia, on 14th – 19th January.

Then it’s on to the Lake Macquarie International at Belmont on 23rd – 26th January, before the New South Wales Medal at Pennant Hills Golf Club and Castle Hill Country Club on 29th – 31st January.

Should they qualify in the leading 32 players, they will contest the New South Wales Amateur Championship, a match play event, at Concord Golf Club on 2nd – 4th February and conclude their tour with the Avondale Medal on 6th – 8th February.

The field in the New South Wales Medal will play one round each over each course after which there will be a cut with the leading 60 players plus ties playing the final 36 holes. The leading 32 players from that will enter the match play knockout competition for the NSW Amateur.

Among the successes gained by English players in recent trips to Australia, Tommy Fleetwood had three top ten finishes in 2010 including runner-up in the New South Wales Amateur, while in 2011, Jack Senior won the New South Wales Amateur, beating Andy Sullivan in an all-English final and tied second behind Sullivan in the New South Wales Medal, a title won by Neil Raymond in 2012.

Also in 2011, Sullivan also tied second in the Masters of the Amateurs while Laurie Canter finished joint fourth in the New South Wales Medal alongside Stiggy Hodgson.

The long established 72-hole Lake Macquarie International at Belmont Golf Club has seen several English winners such as Roger Chapman, Russell Claydon, Ricky Willison, Nick Dougherty and Adam Gee.