New face joins England boys’ team for title defence

Jack Cope

USA-based Joe Pagdin will join the England boys’ team for the defence of their Home Internationals title at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire, from 8-10 August. 

Pagdin, 15, will play alongside Toby Briggs of Norfolk, Jack Cope of Gloucestershire (pictured), Danny Daniels and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire, Alex Fitzpatrick of Yorkshire, Conor Gough of Buckinghamshire, Ben Jones and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire, Thomas Plumb of Dorset and Charlie Strickland of Sussex. 
Pagdin was born in Sheffield – and is a Sheffield United fan – but moved to America at the age of three. He is a member at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, where he practices regularly with his close friends Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell.
He currently plays off a handicap of plus-4 and since he was 11 has been ranked either top, or in the top three, nationally of his school graduation year. He has a low tournament score of 63 and several notable national wins in in US junior championships together with recent high finishes in men’s amateur tournaments.
He joins: 
Toby Briggs, 17, (Dunston Hall) is an England and GB&I boy international who was fifth in qualifying at the European boys’ team championship and won all his matches. He had a top ten finish in the German boys’ open. 
Jack Cope, 18, (The Players Club) was the leading English player in the U18 boys’ Carris Trophy, taking fourth place. He tied for the Irish boys’ open only to lose a play-off when his opponent holed out for eagle. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography).
Danny Daniels, 18, (Essendon) was third in the Irish boys’ open and sixth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Last year he helped England win the Canadian International Junior Challenge and was fifth overall. 
Alex Fitzpatrick, 18, (Hallamshire) was leading scorer at the Northern boys’ qualifying championship for county finals, tied 10th in the Carris Trophy and played all four rounds of the European amateur championship. 
Harry Goddard, 17, (Hanbury Manor) is the Daily Telegraph junior champion. This season he was 9th in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, reached the quarter finals of the Spanish amateur and was in the top 20 at the Brabazon Trophy.
Conor Gough, 14, (Stoke Park) was in England’s winning team at last weekend’s European Young Masters and was seventh individually. He was 11th in the English U16 McGregor Trophy and last year won the English U14 Reid Trophy. 
Ben Jones, 18, (Northamptonshire County) currently leads the English boys’ order of merit, has won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and was fourth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. 
Thomas Plumb, 18, (Sherborne) was runner-up individually in the South West qualifying championship for county finals. He’s had high finishes in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Sottish men’s open. 
Charlie Strickland, 18, (Ham Manor) has won the men’s Duncan Putter and the Peter McEvoy Trophy this season. He reach the last 16 of the Amateur Championship and was runner up in the Lytham Trophy and the Darwin Salver.
Robin Williams, 15, (Peterborough Milton) was third in the U16 McGregor trophy and fifth in the U18 Carris Trophy. He was fifth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and had a string of successful results in men’s events in South Africa.