International field targets the McGregor Trophy

Conor Gough

An international field will head to Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in Somerset next week in search of one of golf’s most prestigious titles for under-16s.

The McGregor Trophy, or the English U16 boys’ open amateur championship, will see top class young players compete over the challenging links course from 18-20 July.
The English entry of almost 80 players includes a host of U16 internationals, six of whom have been selected for the two teams to defend the Nations Cup.
Team One is Conor Gough, pictured, (Stoke Park), Charlie Hilton (Ifield) and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Team Two is Tom Gregory (Stoke Park), Dominic Clemons (Hanbury Manor) and Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted).
Other U16 internationals in the field include Jake Craddock (Sleaford), Enrique Dimayuga (Cuddington), Matthew Freeman (Notts.), George Leigh (Trevose) and Callum Macfie (Lindrick).
They will be joined by players from 16 other countries, including all the home countries, many European nations and from as far afield as the USA and South Korea.
Burnham & Berrow has a great record as a championship venue, having hosted such events as the British women’s amateur, the British boys’, the Brabazon Trophy, the Tillman Trophy and English Championships.
The McGregor Trophy is a 72-hole stroke play championship, played over three days. The full field plays 18 holes on each of the first two days. After 36 holes, the leading 40 competitors and ties qualify to play the final 36 holes on the third day.
The Nations Cup players:
Conor Gough, 14, won the 2016 English U14 Reid Trophy and this year tied third at the Fairhaven Trophies and was 12th at the Peter McEvoy Trophy; both U18 events. (Image copyright Stills Photography).
Charlie Hilton, 16, won the Midland U16 boys’ championship and was in England’s winning team for the U16 international against Spain.
Robin Williams, 15, is representing England in this week’s European boys’ team championship. He was fifth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and was impressive in South African men’s events earlier this season.
Tom Gregory, 14, also helped England U16s beat Spain. He was fourth in the Midland U16 boys’ championship and 11th in the Fairhaven Trophies.
Dominic Clemons, 15, won the 2016 Scottish U14 boys’ title and was third in the 2017 Midland U16 boys’ championship. He was also in England’s successful team against Spain.
Ben Pierleoni, 15, won all six of his games when England played Wales, the Netherlands and Ireland in an U16 quadrangular. He was 10th in the Midland U16 championship.