Men and boys’ teams named for European challenge

Ashton Turner

England Golf has named the men’s and boys’ teams to seek medals at next month’s European team championships, which take place from July 7-11.

The men’s team is: Ashley Chesters of Shropshire, Nick Marsh of Yorkshire, Jimmy Mullen of Devon, Ben Taylor of Surrey, Ashton Turner of Lincolnshire and Sean Towndrow of Lancashire. The championship will be played at Halmstad Golf Club, Sweden. Last year, the men’s team won the bronze medal, having taken the gold in 2013.

The boys’ team is: Bradley Moore of Derbyshire, Marco Penge of Sussex, Harry Hall of Cornwall, Will Enefer of Shropshire, Jamie Li of Somerset and Matty Lamb of Northumberland. The championship will be played at Pickala, Finland

The men’s team:

Five of the six team members – with the exception of Ben Taylor, who was at university in the USA – were in the winning England team in the biennial international against Spain.

Ashley Chesters, 25, (Hawkstone Park) won the European amateur championship last year and in 2013. He was in England’s winning team at the 2015 European Nations Cup and was joint runner-up in the Welsh stroke play.

Nick Marsh, 20, (Huddersfield) is the 2014 English amateur champion and also won the Scottish open youths’ title. He was in England’s winning team at the 2015 European Nations Cup and tied fourth in the Welsh stroke play.

Jimmy Mullen, 21, (Royal North Devon) won the Welsh stroke play by nine shots and was third when defending his title in the Duncan Putter, also in Wales. He won all four of his games in the international against Spain.

Ben Taylor, 23, (Walton Heath) recently holed the winning putt to seal Louisiana State University’s victory in the men’s NCAA Championship, the biggest championship on the US college circuit. He has also won individually in the US and made his full England debut in 2011.

Ashton Turner, 19, (Kenwick Park) recently won the Darwin Salver for the second time and has represented GB&I as well as England. He has had top ten finishes in this year’s Scottish stroke play, Lytham Trophy and Duncan Putter. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

Sean Towndrow, 24, (Southport & Ainsdale) led the English challenge at the 2015 Amateur Championship, reaching the quarter finals. Last year he helped Southport & Ainsdale to win the English Champion Club title.

Boys’ team

Bradley Moore, 17, (Kedleston Park) has won the English boys’ order of merit for the past two years. He was Irish boys’ open champion last year and was runner up in the Peter McEvoy Trophy this year and last, having won it in 2013.

Marco Penge, 17, (Golf at Goodwood) has won the Scottish men’s stroke play, the Peter McEvoy Trophy and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters this season. He is a past winner of the McGregor Trophy and the Fairhaven Trophies.

Harry Hall, 17, (West Cornwall) won the Welsh Youths’ Open last year and this year has finished sixth in both the Darwin Salver and the West of England stroke play. He helped England take second place in the Nations Cup at the German open.

Will Enefer, 17, (Wrekin) was runner-up in the German boys’ open and tied third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Master. He shared fourth place in the Fairhaven Trophies and had top ten finishes in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and the West of England stoke play.

Jamie Li, 18, (Bath) was in England’s winning team at the 2014 boys’ Home Internationals. He was runner-up in the Faldo Series Wales championship this year and seventh in the Peter McEvoy Trophy.

Matty Lamb, 17, (Hexham) also helped England win the boys’ Home Internationals and was runner-up in last year's Fairhaven Trophies, fourth in the McGregor Trophy and ninth in the European Young Masters. He was fourth in the 2015 McEvoy Trophy.