Kinnear goes Dutch in search of more success

Paul Kinnear 2013

Paul Kinnear (Formby, Lancashire), who shot two sub-par rounds in the recent Brabazon Trophy, has been named in a five-strong squad to compete in the Poncat Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria Golf Club, near Breda, in the Netherlands on 16th – 19th July.

The other four members of the group are: Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Bobby Keeble (Crowlands Heath, Essex), Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire).

Kinnear, 20, a former Lancashire boy champion, was among the front-runners going into the final round of the Brabazon at Seaton Carew but finished equal 16th after a closing 75. He also reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship while last year, he won the Tillman Trophy and was a member of the Lancashire team that lifted the English County Championship.

Burlison, 19, has been capped at under 16 and boys levels and was a member of the Staffordshire team that won the English Boys County Championship last year when he also finished runner-up in the South of England Boys Championship. He also finished equal sixth in the Boys under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy.

Keeble, 19, is the reigning Essex County champion. A boy international for the past two years, he lost a playoff for the Carris Trophy in 2012, but won the Champion of Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa last year when he also reached the British Boys quarter finals. This year, he has finished equal fifth in the Duncan Putter and tied eighth in the West of England Stroke Play.

Storey, 18, was the English under 16 champion in 2012 when he became an under 16 international. Now a boy cap, he finished third in last year’s South of England Boys Championship, while this year he tied sixth in the McEvoy Trophy.

Thomson, 18, is another former under 16 cap and North of England under 16 champion. He helped Yorkshire win the English Boys County Championship in 2012 and was a member of the team in last year’s finals while he finished equal third in the Fairhaven Trophy. This year, he was joint third in the Darwin Salver, tied seventh in the Fairhaven Trophy and equal 12th in the German Boys Open

The Poncat Dutch Junior Open is a 72-hole stroke play competition for boys and girls under 21 years of age. It is also a counting event on the R&A’s World Amateur Ranking.