Marco Penge (Goodwood, Sussex) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) will seek to complete a second English victory in the event when they compete in the 54-hole Thunderbird International at Scottsdale, Arizona, on 24th – 26th May.
Two years ago, Max Orrin from North Foreland in Kent made history when he became the first English player to win this prestigious US junior event with a five-stroke winning margin.
Penge (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), who will turn 16 in mid May, and Turner are boy internationals, members of the 2014 England boys’ squad and have already shown good form in early season events.
Penge, the English under 16 champion, finished runner-up in the recent Darwin Salver at Rye and equal third in the McEvoy Trophy. Last year was a triumphant time for the young man from Sussex. He won the Fairhaven Trophy, the South Region Schools Championship, the Douglas Johns Trophy and doubled-up by adding the under 15 title when he won the under 16 championship for the McGregor Trophy at Seacroft.
Turner finished sixth behind Penge in the Darwin Salver having secured a hole-in-one in the second round on his 18th birthday. Last year, he won the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship and the Darwin Salver and finished runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy. He also reached the semi-finals of the French International Boys Championship.