New caps can spur England to regain European boys’ crown

Harry Ellis V2 copyright Tom Ward

England Golf will field four players – Adam Chapman (Windermere, Cumbria), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex) and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) – new to boys international team golf in its six-strong squad that will seek to win the European Boys Team Championships for the first time in nine years at Murcar Links in Scotland on 9th – 13th July.

The other members of the team are: Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire).

Chapman, 18, is currently second on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit, having enjoyed a successful start to the season. He has finished runner-up in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, third in the McEvoy Trophy and joint fourth in the Northern Group Men’s Qualifying. All this before an equal 12th spot in the Fairhaven Trophy.

Ellis (image copyright Tom Ward Sport),  17, became the youngest English champion when he won the title at Silloth-on-Solway last summer, as a 16 year old. He has represented England at under 16 level and after winning the England title made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals in Scotland. But he has not previously been capped at boys’ level.

This season he has won the Hampshire Junior Championship and topped the individual standings in the South East Boys Qualifying and finished runner-up in the Hampshire Hog and the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France.

Moore, 15, won the McEvoy Trophy in April and has since finished as individual winner of the Midland Boys Qualifying, while he also won the Midland Region Schools Championship and reached the quarter finals of the Michel Carlhian Trophy.

An under 16 international for the past two years, he was the English under 14 champion in 2011 and is currently third on the England Boys Order of Merit.

Penge, 15, was an under 16 cap last year and currently leads the Boys Order of Merit after winning the Fairhaven Trophy and finishing tied with Ellis in the individual standings in the South East Boys Qualifying.

He also won the South Region Schools Championship and last weekend was beaten in a three-hole playoff for the Irish Boys Open Championship but won the under 16 title.

Singh Brar, 16, lies fourth on the Merit list after winning the Berkhamsted Trophy and finishing runner-up to Ellis in the Hampshire Junior Championship, both in playoffs. He has also finished third in the Irish Boys Open, winning the under 17 title, was also third in the McEvoy Trophy and fourth in the South East Boys Qualifying.

Having been capped as an under 16, he stepped up to boys level in last year’s Boys Home Internationals in Ireland and helped England retain the title, winning four of his six games.

Turner, 17, won the Boys County Champions event last year, while in 2013 he has won the Bernard Darwin Salver, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and was a semi-finalist in the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France.

An under 16 cap for the past two years, he stepped up to boys’ level for last season’s European Boys Team Championships in Sweden, while he won five of six games in the 2012 Boys Home Internationals.

England has not won the Boys European title since 2004 in Finland. A runners-up spot was achieved in 2007 in Denmark while last year in Sweden, England finished fourth.