England Golf is sending strong international line-ups to compete in the World Amateur Team Championships for the Espirito Santo Trophy and the Eisenhower Trophy at Antalya in Turkey next month and in October.
Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, and Emily Taylor will play in the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy, while Craig Hinton (Image © Tom Ward), Garrick Porteous and Neil Raymond will compete in the Eisenhower Trophy.
The Espirito Santo Trophy is being played at the Gloria Golf Club (Old and New Courses) on 27th – 30th September, while the Eisenhower Trophy will be at the Antalya club (Sultan Course) and at the Cornelia Golf Club on 4th – 7th October.
Espirito Santo Trophy players:
Georgia Hall, 16, (Remedy Oak, Dorset) is the British girls’ champion and is fourth in the women’s world amateur rankings. She was runner-up in the English women’s amateur in May and a semi-finalist in the British women’s championship. She recently helped England successfully defend the Girls’ Home Internationals.
Emily Taylor, 17, (Hillside, Lancashire), is the English girls’ champion, the Irish women’s open stroke champion and the winner of the U18 titles at both the English women’s stroke play – where she was third overall – and the British women’s stroke play, where she was fourth.
Charley Hull, 16, (Woburn, Buckinghamshire), was in GB&I’s winning 2012 Curtis Cup team. She has played three professional events this year, finishing in the top 40 in the Kraft Nabisco, a women’s Major; fifth in the Turkish Airline Ladies Open and tied 18th in the ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters. She is eighth in the world amateur rankings.
England have never won the Espirito Santo Trophy, although they have been third. They helped GB&I achieve two silver and five bronze medals during the years when the Home Countries fielded a combined team.
Eisenhower Trophy players:
Craig Hinton, 24, (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals in Ireland. He won this year’s Welsh open stroke play championship, finished joint fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy and helped England win the European Challenge Trophy in Iceland in July, which ensured a return to the European men’s team championships next year.
Garrick Porteous, 22, (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) back from a spell at college in the United States, also made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals. He was also a member of the victorious team in the European Challenge Trophy where he finished tied third in the individual ranking.
Neil Raymond, 26, (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI) has been the English stroke play champion for the past two years after winning the Brabazon Trophy at Burnham & Berrow and at Walton Heath. Capped for the first time in last year’s international against Spain and an England regular since, he won the New South Wales Medal in Australia last winter and was a quarter finalist in the recent English amateur championship.
England has not won the Eisenhower Trophy since the Home Countries fielded separate teams in 2002. GB&I won in 1998.