New English champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI) has been selected in the England squad for the Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club in Scotland on 15th – 17th August.
He is one of five new caps along with Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire).
The rest of the squad that will defend the Raymond Trophy is: Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford, Essex), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) and Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey).
Ellis (image © Tom Ward), who won’t turn 17 until next month, won the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway in Cumbria last weekend, beating Lancashire’s Henry Tomlinson 2 and 1 in a weather-protracted 36-hole final.
He was capped at under 16 level and although a member of the England boys squad, now steps up to a full international. A former Hampshire junior champion, this year he has finished fifth in the McEvoy Trophy and equal sixth in the South East boys qualifying.
Crookall-Nixon’s selection comes just 13 weeks after he was injured in a car accident in his native Cumbria and follows his quarter final defeat by Ellis in the English Championship. The English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009, he was also an under 16 cap and finished fourth in last year’s Brabazon Trophy.
Kimsey, 19, steps up from a boy international, while he has also represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Winner of the McEvoy Trophy in 2011 which saw him finish fourth in the Titleist/FootJoy English Boys Order of Merit, this year he has won the Darwin Salver and finished third in the South East of England Links Championship while reaching the semi-finals of the English Amateur.
Rutherford, 20, earns his first international call at any level having won the County Champions tournament in 2011. This year, he finished third in the Brabazon Trophy, winning the Henriques Salver for the lowest aggregate for a player aged under 20, and fourth in the South of England Open Amateur as he did last year.
Smith, 19, also earns his first international honour having been a member of the victorious Wiltshire team in last year’s County Championship finals at Ganton. In successive weeks last month he finished joint runner-up in the Chiberta Grand Prix and tied fifth in the Biarritz Cup and was beaten by Ellis in the English Amateur semi-finals.
Hiluta, 23, made his full England debut against France in May, having earlier won the Spanish Amateur, while Porteous, 22, joint seventh in the Brabazon Trophy, reached the last 16 of the English Amateur.
Raymond, 26, has been an England regular since his debut against Spain in 2011. He has won the Brabazon Trophy for the past two years and just failed to add the English title last week, losing in the quarter finals. Last winter, while in Australia, he won the New South Wales Medal.
Shinkwin, 19, won all four of his games on his full England debut against France in May. A semi-finalist in last year’s English Amateur, in 2012 he has won the Hampshire Hog, finished equal third on the Berkhamsted Trophy and tied fifth in the Darwin Salver.
Stow, 20, another member of Wiltshire’s winning County Championship team, debuted in last year’s Home Internationals and was runner-up in the County Champions tournament. He finished seventh in the Scottish Stroke Play, ninth in the Brabazon Trophy and won the individual competition at the recent European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland.
White, 21, was another to make his full England debut against France in May having been a boy cap. This summer, he has won the Berkshire Trophy, the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies, and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur.
England has won the last three Home Internationals matches.