Alan Mew has revealed his pride at being named the new England Senior Men’s team captain.
The 66-year-old takes over the reins from Cheshire’s Roy Smethurst following his retirement at the end of a successful five-year tenure.
Mew – himself an England senior international of some repute – will next year try to skipper England’s defence of their Home International and European crowns won in thrilling fashion in September 2019.
The Hampshire golfer was part of the squad in Denmark which lifted their first European title in a decade.
Mew and his team-mates then followed up that victory by clinching the Home Internationals at Alnmouth Golf Club.
“I understand there were a few candidates to replace Roy so, naturally, I’m delighted to have been given the role,” confirmed Mew.
“I’ve had individual success as a golfer down the years, but it is in team events where I feel I have excelled and experienced the biggest highs from an emotional point of view.
“The 2019 England squad was without doubt the best group I have been involved with and it was a privilege to be a part of the success.
“The team spirit was second to none. It is essential in any team event and something I will look to build on in 2020.”
England’s senior men will defend their European title next between September 1-5 at the Diamond CC in Austria.
The Home International title goes on the line at Aberdovey Golf Club in Wales between September 15-17.
Mew – who will lean on wife Maureen, his long-time caddie, for support during the next year – added: “England is at a slight disadvantage in the European event.
“Most countries allow golfers to play at senior level after the age of 50 while our threshold is 55 so last year’s success was even more deserving of praise.
“The Home International are always special too – the chance to beat Scotland, mainly, as well as Ireland and Wales always brings an edge.”
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