Internationals aim for the top in Carris Trophy

Little Aston

Boy internationals Bradley Moore and Jamie Li both have special reason to aim for the top of the leaderboard when they tee up in the Carris Trophy at Little Aston, Staffordshire, from July 21-24.

Both have previously tied for first place in the English U18 boys’ open stroke play championship – only to lose out in play-offs. Li (Bath) lost out to Ben Amor in 2013, while Moore (Kedleston Park) was beaten by Haydn McCullen last year.

Next week the pair will make their final tilt at the title before moving out of junior ranks at the end of this season.

They’ll be joined in the field by three other members of the England boys’ team which played in last week’s European championships: Will Enefer (Wrekin), Harry Hall (West Cornwall) and Matty Lamb (Hexham).

The local entry includes Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham), who is representing England in this week’s Dutch Junior Open, together with George Clarke (Druids Heath) and Jake Walley (Halfpenny Green).

The championship has attracted a strong international field, with players from 12 other countries taking part. They include John Axelsen of Denmark, who won last year’s English U16 boys’ championship for the McGregor Trophy. He is among a five-strong group from Denmark, while an Italian squad of six will play at Little Aston.

Among the other nationalities to be represented are South Africa, Sweden, France, the Czech Republic, Austria and India.

This is the first time that Little Aston (Image © Leaderboard Photography) has hosted the Carris Trophy, although it has previously staged a number of top amateur events including the English Amateur, the Brabazon Trophy, the British boys’ and the British ladies’ together with the English women’s amateur and stroke play championships.

All competitors will play 18 holes rounds on each of the first two days of the championship. The field will then be cut to the top 60 players and ties who will play the final 36 holes over the remaining two days.