Leading players selected for England men’s squads

Scott Gregory

Amateur Champion Scott Gregory and English champion Dan Brown are among the nine players selected for the England men’s squad for 2016/17.

Harry Hall, Josh Hilleard and James Walker are all promoted into the men’s squad. Meanwhile, the England A squad includes four new players: George Bloor, Matthew Jordan, Josh McMahon and Jack Yule.

The full squads are:

England men: Dan Brown of Yorkshire, Scott Gregory of Hampshire, Harry Hall of  Cornwall, Josh Hilleard of Somerset, Bradley Moore of Derbyshire, Marco Penge of  Sussex, Alfie Plant of Kent, Sean Towndrow of Lancashire and James Walker of Yorkshire.

England A: George Bloor of Derbyshire, Jake Burnage of Devon, Tom Gandy of the Isle of Man, Matthew Jordan of Cheshire, Josh McMahon of Cheshire, Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Staffordshire, Will Whiteoak of Yorkshire and Jack Yule of Norfolk.

The players:

Dan Brown, 22, (Masham) won the English amateur championship at Ganton, becoming the third Yorkshireman in a row to hold the title. He also won the North of England amateur.

Scott Gregory, 22, (Corhampton) is the Amateur Champion and helped England to win the world silver medal at the Eisenhower Trophy. He made his GB&I debut in the winning St Andrews Trophy team. He won the 2016 England men’s Order of Merit. (Pictured top, image © Leaderboard Photography)

Harry Hall, 19, (West Cornwall) is an England international in his second year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was his Conference’s Freshman of the Year. He reached the last 16 in the Amateur Championship.

Josh Hilleard, 21, (Farrington Park) was third on the English Men’s Order of Merit after winning four events, and helping England to beat France, win the Costa Ballena quadrangular tournament and take second place in the Colombian International.

Bradley Moore, 19, (Kedleston Park) was joint runner-up in the Lytham Trophy, was in England’s winning team against France and helped Europe beat Asia Pacific in the 2016 Bonallack Trophy. He reached the matchplay stages of the US Amateur.

Marco Penge, 18, (Golf at Goodwood) was fifth on the English Men’s Order of Merit, having tied for the French amateur among other high finishes. He captained the GB&I boys’ team in the Jacques Leglise match against Continental Europe.

Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park) won the Lytham Trophy and sank the birdie putt to secure England’s world championship silver medal. He was in GB&I’s winning St Andrews Trophy team and runner up on the England Golf Men’s Order of Merit.

Sean Towndrow, 25, (Southport & Ainsdale) is an England international who led the English challenge at the 2015 Amateur Championship, reaching the quarter finals. He also helped Lancashire to win last year’s English Men’s County Finals.

James Walker, 22, (The Oaks) helped England beat France in their biennial international, won the Selborne Salver, reached the semi-finals of the Spanish amateur and had a string of top ten finishes in prestigious events.

England A

George Bloor, 21, (Cavendish) was runner-up to his great friend, Dan Brown, in both the English amateur championship and the North of England amateur. He was also sixth in the Scottish Open and the Midland Open.

Jake Burnage, 21, (Saunton) was joint runner-up in the Midland Open and had top ten finishes in the South of England Open, the Brabazon Trophy and the South West county qualifier.

Tom Gandy, 24, (Rowany) was a quarter finalist in the English men’s amateur and reached the matchplay stages of the Amateur Championship. His other high finishes included a top ten in the Irish amateur.

Matthew Jordan, 20, (Royal Liverpool) had a string of good results, including being  runner-up in the Dutch Junior Open, third in the Hampshire Salver, fourth in the Irish Open and sixth in the Duncan Putter.

Josh McMahon, 21, (Wallasey) also impressed with results which included seventh place in the Brabazon Trophy, third in the Northern county qualifier, fourth in the Lee Westwood Trophy and fifth in the West of England amateur.

Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 19, (Trentham) reached the Amateur Championship matchplay and was fourth in the Brabazon Trophy. He helped England to second place in the Colombian International and was third individually.

Will Whiteoak, 22, (Shipley) was in England’s winning team at the Costa Ballena quadrangular tournament against Finland, Germany and Spain. He also helped Yorkshire to win the 2016 English Men’s County Finals.

Jack Yule, 22, (Middleton Hall) won the Biarritz Cup in France, was runner-up in the Italian international, and third in the North of England amateur. He represented England in the Home Internationals.