Four full England internationals, all of whom are at college in the United States, will represent England Golf in the annual Jones Invitational Cup at Ocean Forest Golf Club at Sea Island, Georgia, on 31st January – 2nd February.
The quartet will be Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Greg Eason (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) who will seek to secure this title that has continually eluded English players.
Crookall-Nixon (image copyright Tom Ward Photography), 20, a member of the England squad for the past two years, is at the University of San Francisco. He was the English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009, and made his full England debut in the 2012 Home Internationals. He also reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship in his home county of Cumbria that year and represented England Golf in last year’s Jones Cup.
Eason, 21, is a former boy cap who was named as reserve for last year’s GB&I Walker Cup team. Has been at college in the University of Central Florida since 2010 and won his second event on the college circuit, the Adams Cup, in that year. Has enjoyed further successes on the other side of the Atlantic and is a member of the England squad for 2014.
Stow, 22, has been an England cap since 2011, a year in which he won the Welsh Youths Championship and the South West Championship and helped Wiltshire to the first of their back-to-back County Championships. He was the leading individual when England won the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland in 2012 and he was a member of the last two Home Internationals teams. He is currently at the University of Kentucky.
Taylor, 21, is a past winner of the South East Junior Championship, the South of England Boys Championship and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. He made his full England debut in the 2011 Home Internationals in Ireland and in 2012 finished third in the Turkish Amateur and the Jones Cup, the best by an England player to date. In 2012, he was a quarter finalist in the English Amateur and represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy.
Last year he finished equal third in the Brabazon Trophy. He has enjoyed considerable success first at the Nova Southeastern University in Florida and now at Louisiana State.
The Jones Cup comprises a field of 84 top amateurs from the US and around the world, who will compete over 54 holes of stroke play for this prestigious title which was inaugurated in 2001 as a biennial event but which is now played annually.