New English champion in Home Internationals team

Dan Brown

The new English Amateur Champion Dan Brown has been selected for England’s 11-strong team for next week’s Home Internationals, which will be played at Nairn Golf Club, Scotland, from August 10-12.

The Yorkshireman will be joined in the team by Adam Chapman of Cumbria, Will Enefer of Shropshire, Harry Hall of Cornwall, Josh Hilleard of Somerset, Marco Penge of Sussex, Alfie Plant of Kent, Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Staffordshire, Ashton Turner of Lincolnshire, James Walker of Yorkshire and Jack Yule of Norfolk.

England will be seeking to regain the Home Internationals title, which they last won at Ganton in Yorkshire in 2013.

The players:

Dan Brown, 21, (Masham) won the English Amateur Championship at Ganton last weekend. He also reached the match play stages of both the British Amateur and Spanish championships and had top 20 finishes in the Brabazon Trophy and the Italian international. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).

Adam Chapman, 21, (Carus Green) got through to the last 32 at the British Amateur, having had top ten finishes in the St Andrews Links Trophy and the Scottish open amateur; and top 20s in the Welsh and Irish opens. He tied third in the Hampshire Salver and fifth in the South of England amateur.

Will Enefer, 18, (Wrekin) was the leading qualifier at the English Amateur and reached the last 16 in the matchplay. He also reached the last 32 in the British Amateur and had top ten finishes in the Welsh and Irish stroke play championships and the Berkhamsted Trophy.

Harry Hall, 18, (West Cornwall) reached the last 32 in the English Amateur and the last 16 in the British Amateur. He has had top 30 finishes in both the Jones Cup in the USA, where he is a student, and in the Brabazon Trophy.

Josh Hilleard, 21, (Farrington Park) reached the last 16 in the English Amateur. He won the West of England Championship, the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Faldo Series Wales Championship and the Hampshire Salver this season. He was joint top-scorer when England beat France at Formby and was also in England’s winning team at the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament.

Marco Penge, 18, (Golf at Goodwood) tied for the French amateur but was pipped to the title in a play-off. He was fourth in the Irish and Portuguese amateur championships and sixth in the South American. Last year he won the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park) beat an international field by seven shots to win the 2016 Lytham Trophy and has recently helped GB&I retain the St Andrews Trophy against the Continent of Europe. He tied seventh in the Brabazon Trophy, got through to the last 16 in the English Amateur and also reached the match play stages of the British Amateur. He was in England’s winning team for this year’s international against France.

Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 19, (Trentham) reached the match play in the English and British Amateur championships and was fourth in the Brabazon Trophy, where he shot the championship low score of seven-under 65 in the final round. He also tied third in both the Hampshire Salver and the Duncan Putter, was eighth in the Dutch Junior Open and 10th in the Lytham Trophy.

Ashton Turner, 20, (Kenwick Park) helped Europe beat Asia Pacific in the Bonallack Trophy. He was ninth in the Lytham Trophy and tied eighth in the Challenge Tour’s Made in Denmark Challenge. He helped England beat France in this year’s international at Formby.  He toured Australia earlier this season where he had top 20 finishes in the Master of the Amateurs and the Lake Macquarie Amateur.

James Walker, 22, (The Oaks) won this season’s Selborne Salver and reached the semi-finals of the Spanish amateur championship, losing to the eventual champion only on the 19th. He had top ten finishes in the Chiberta Grand Prix in France, the Lytham Trophy and the Welsh open amateur. He was in England’s winning team for the international against France and he reached the match play stages of the English Amateur.

Jack Yule, 21, (Middleton Hall) won the Biarritz Cup in France last month, when representing England for the first time. He also reached the last 32 at the British Amateur and was runner up in the Italian international, eighth in the Hampshire Salver and ninth in the Portuguese amateur.