Players from as far afield as China and Argentina will help to make up a thoroughly international entry for next week’s McGregor Trophy at Wallasey, Cheshire.
Eighteen countries will be represented in the English U16 boys’ open stroke play which is one of the key dates in the U16 calendar. The event was heavily over-subscribed, with 226 players applying for places in the field of 144 and the handicap cut-off was 2.5.
Play will be of the highest quality – last year’s winner, John Axelsen of Denmark, was six-under par for the 72 hole event.
There will be a strong English challenge for the trophy by competitors including Harry Bigham (Redbourn) who won last year’s Reid Trophy, the national championship for U14 boys. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)
He has gone on to represent England at U16 level, alongside such players as Jake Benson (Beeston Fields), Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Harvey Byers (Walton Heath), Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire), Ben Jones (Brampton Heath) Thomas Plumb (Sherborne) Taylor Stote (Burnham & Berrow) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).
There will be three local competitors from Cheshire clubs: Joshua Curtis (Ringway), William Dodds (Styal) and Tom Duncalf (Sandiway).
All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days of the championships. The field will then be cut to the leading 40 players and ties who play 36 holes on the final day, Thursday, July 16.