The England boys’ squad for 2016/17 has an almost completely new look, with eight of the nine players selected for the first time.
Norfolk’s Toby Briggs (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is the only player who was a member of last year’s squad. He is joined by Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown, Gloucestershire’s Jack Cope, Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels, Surrey’s Angus Flanagan, Michael Gilbert of Essex; Conor Gough and Kristian Tannum Donaldson of Berks, Bucks & Oxon; and Thomas Plumb of Dorset.
Between them the players already have an impressive record. Apart from a host of individual success, Briggs, Flanagan and Gilbert were all in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals; Cope, Daniels and Tannum Donaldson were in the team which won the Canadian International Junior Challenge; and Brown, Gough and Plumb have been successful U16 internationals.
Toby Briggs, 17, (Dunston Hall) is an England boy international who also made his debut for GB&I in the boys’ team for the Jacques Leglise Trophy match against Continental Europe. He had high finishes in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the Fairhaven Trophies and the German boys’ open and reached the match play stages of the British boys’ championship.
Barclay Brown, 15, (Hallamshire) was the leading U18 player at the North of England Youths’ championship and reached the match play stages of the British boys’ championship. The U16 boy international was joint runner-up in the Scottish U16 championship and 15th in the Italian U16 open. He won all six of his matches when representing Yorkshire in the English boys’ county finals.
Jack Cope, 17, (Minchinhampton) had top three finishes in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, the South of England boys’ open and the South West boys’ county qualifier. He reached the match play stages of the British boys’ championship. As well as helping England win the Canadian International Junior Challenge he was eighth individually and was sixth on the England Boys’ Order of Merit for 2016.
Danny Daniels, 17, (Essendon) reached the quarter finals of the British boys’ championship, bowing out only on the 22nd hole. He won the East Berkshire Junior Stag tournament, was third in the South East boys’ county qualifier and fifth individually at the Canadian International Junior Challenge. He was fifth on the England Boys’ Order of Merit for 2016
Angus Flanagan, 17, (St George’s Hill) won the English U18 boys’ open stroke play for the Carris Trophy, represented England in the Boys’ Home Internationals and was runner-up on the England Boys’ Order of Merit for 2016. His other results included sixth place in the Duke of York Young Champions and fifth in the South East boys’ county qualifier.
Michael Gilbert, 16, (Chelmsford) won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, was runner up in the U16 McGregor Trophy and won the U16 Hazards Salver at the Carris Trophy. He is an England boy international and also represented the country at U16 level. He was ninth on the England Boys’ Order of Merit for 2016.
Conor Gough, 14, (Stoke Park) is the English U14 boys’ open champion, having won the Reid Trophy. He also won the U15 Douglas Johns Trophy and was runner up in the Italian U16 championship. He represented England in the autumn series of U16 matches against the other home countries.
Thomas Plumb, 17, (Sherborne) won the South of England boys’ open, was runner-up in the Waterford Trophy and third in the South West boys’ county qualifier. He also had top 10s in the North of England open and the Lee Westwood Trophy. He reached the match play stages of the English amateur championship.
Kristian Tannum Donaldson, 17, (Buckinghamshire) shared the halfway lead in the Carris Trophy and went on to finish 6th. This was one of a number of top tens during the season with other high finishes in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Canadian International Junior Challenge.