Chris Reynolds (Littlestone, Kent) will make an impressive eighth successive appearance in the Seniors Home Internationals when he lines up in the England squad at Royal County Down on 24th – 27th September.
Reynolds (image copyright Tom Ward Photography) will be joined by five members of the team that won bronze medals in the recent European Seniors Men’s Team Championship in Hungary plus John Ambridge (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) when England defend the title at the famous course in Northern Ireland.
The five from the European Championship are Charlie Banks (Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire), Tyrone Carter (Stevenage, Hertfordshire), Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O).
Reynolds made his initial Seniors Home Internationals appearance at Dunbar in 2006 and when the 62 year old tees off at Royal County Down he will have played the round robin event twice in each of the Home nations.
The Kent man won the English Seniors Championship in 2009, has been runner-up three times, was second in the British Seniors in 2008, has represented England in the European Senior Men’s Team Championship on five occasions and four times been a member of Kent’s victorious Seniors County Championship squad.
Ambridge, a long-serving Hertfordshire player and three times its county champion, made his England senior debut in last year’s European Seniors Team Championships in Portugal. He was also a member of the side that regained the Seniors Home Internationals in Wales a year ago and helped Hertfordshire win the Senior County Championship at Heworth last year.
Banks, an England international 30 years ago and the English Mid Amateur champion three years in a row, 1995-97, won the Scottish Seniors title in 2011 and has played in the last two Seniors Home Internationals. He finished equal seventh in this year’s English Seniors and third in last weekend’s Senior County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa.
Carter also became a senior international in last year’s European Senior Men’s Team Championships in Portugal, played in last year’s Seniors Home Internationals in Wales, was another member of the victorious Hertfordshire team in the Senior County Championship and finished equal seventh in this year’s English Seniors Championship in Bristol.
Latham has been an immediate success in his first year as a senior. He won the English Seniors title just three weeks after his 55th birthday, then collected the Scottish and Lincolnshire Senior Championships and emerged with a 100% record on his international debut for England in the recent European Senior Men’s Team Championships in Hungary.
Runner-up in last weekend’s Senior County Champions Tournament, he currently heads the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Seniors Order of Merit and this will be his debut in the Senior Home Internationals.
Partridge is another virtual newcomer to the senior ranks and is currently third on the Seniors Order of Merit. He finished runner-up in the Scottish Seniors, equal 11th in the British Seniors and made his international debut in the European Senior Men’s Team Championships in Hungary.
Stracey, currently second on the Seniors Order or Merit, will be making his fourth appearance in the Seniors Home Internationals having made his England debut in the 2009 European Senior Men’s Team Championships. Winner of the Welsh Seniors title for the past two years and runner-up in 2010, he won the Irish Seniors in 2009, finished runner-up to Reynolds in the English Seniors that year and was twice a winner of the Seniors County Championship with Kent before switching to BB&O.
England regained the Home Internationals last year after Ireland had been champions for the previous four years. However, the Irish won the European Seniors title in Hungary and will be the team to beat at Royal County Down.