Leading players to defend Ballesteros Trophy

Dan Brown

Leading England amateurs will follow in the footsteps of Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Olympic champion Justin Rose when they head to Spain later this month to defend the Seve Ballesteros Trophy in a mixed international.

The match has always featured top players, with Garcia and Rose featuring in the 1997 teams. The roll of honour also includes Tommy Fleetwood, David Howell, Jose Maria Olazabal, Alvaro Quiros, Pablo Larrazabal and Ignacio Garrido.

This year’s team includes Amateur Champion Scott Gregory, British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb, English amateur champion Dan Brown and Lytham Trophy winner Alfie Plant alongside Louisa Brunt, Gemma Clews, Bradley Moore, Marco Penge, Georgia Price and Jack Singh-Brar.

The two-day match takes place at El Saler Golf Club, Valencia, from 29-30 April. The event started in 1985, is played biennially and became a mixed event in 2015, when England won at Burnham and Berrow, Somerset.  It was the team’s 14th win, while Spain have won twice.

The players

Dan Brown, 22, (Masham, Yorkshire) is the English amateur champion and also won the North of England amateur. He tied third in this season’s South African stroke play and shared the qualifying honours in the South African amateur championship.

Louisa Brunt, 18, (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) made her English women’s team debut in the recent European Nations Cup. She was an England girl international who last season won the women’s Pleasington Putter.

Gemma Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) has just won the Delamere Comboy Scratch and the Hampshire Rose. She helped England win the 2016 women’s Home Internationals and was third on the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit.

Scott Gregory, 22, (Corhampton, Hampshire) won the 2016 Amateur Championship and has subsequently played in The Open and The Masters. He helped England to win the world silver medal at the Eisenhower Trophy and won the 2016 England men’s Order of Merit. This season he has won the New South Wales Amateur.

Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) is the British women's stroke play champion, won the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals. She was runner up in the 2017 Hampshire Rose.

Bradley Moore, 19, (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) was joint runner-up in the 2016 Lytham Trophy, was in England’s winning team against France and helped Europe win the Bonallack Trophy. This season he was third in the Avondale Amateur in Australia.

Marco Penge, 18, (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) was runner-up in both the New South Wales amateur and the Spanish amateur championships this season. Last year he tied for the French amateur before being pipped in a play-off.

Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park, Kent) won the 2016 Lytham Trophy and sank the birdie putt which secured England’s world championship silver medal at the Eisenhower Trophy, where he was third individually. He was runner up on the England Golf Men’s Order of Merit.

Georgia Price, 23, (Bude & North Cornwall) was runner up on the 2016 England Golf Women's Order of Merit after results which included second place in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play championships.

Jack Singh Brar, 20, (Remedy Oak, Dorset) has just won the Selborne Salver and the Hampshire Salver. He was runner-up in the prestigious 2017 Avondale Amateur in Australia, has had solid results in this season’s match play events and represented England in the European Nations Cup.

Caption: Dan Brown, watched by Bradley Moore (image © Leaderboard Photography)