England Golf is sending a squad of four internationals to compete in the Irish Boys Open Championship at Thurles Golf Club in Tipperary on 24th – 27th June.
Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, image © Leaderboard Photography) is arguably the most experienced, having been capped at under 16 and boys levels as well as having already represented England Golf in overseas events.
He will be accompanied by three under 16 internationals, Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire).
Hall, 16, has been an under 16 cap for the past two years. In 2013, he finished eighth in the North of England under 16 Championship and ninth in the Junior Champion of Champions. In this year’s West of England Stroke Play he finished equal 13th.
Li, 17, lost a playoff for the Carris Trophy, the English Boys under 18 Championship, last year prior to making his under 16 debut for England. He also finished tied fourth in the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship while this year he was joint sixth in the McEvoy Trophy and equal seventh in the Fairhaven Trophy.
Moore, 16, who became an under 16 cap in 2011 after winning the English Boys under 14 Championship for the Reid Trophy, stepped up to a boy international last year. In 2013, he won the McEvoy Trophy, the Midland Boys Qualifying and the Midland Schools Championship.
He also finished joint runner-up in the McGregor Trophy, the English Boys under 16 Championship, but won the European Young Masters in Germany, reached the semi-finals of the British Boys and tied fourth in the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. This year, he finished runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy and topped the Midland Boys Qualifying again.
Thomson, 18, was an under 16 cap in 2012, a year in which he won the North of England under 16 Championship and helped Yorkshire win the English Boys County Championship. Last year, he finished third in the Fairhaven Trophy, eighth in the Canadian Junior Challenge and was again a member of the Yorkshire team in the Boys County Finals.
This year, he has finished joint third in the Darwin Salver, tied seventh in the Fairhaven Trophy and has just returned from the German Boys Open where he finished tied 12th.
The Irish Boys, comprising 120 competitors, is played over 72 holes of stroke play. There will be a cut after 54 with the leading 50 players and ties competing over the final round.