Two of England’s brightest prospects, Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle, Northumberland) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) will attempt to keep the title ‘at home’ when they compete in the 54-hole Thunderbird International at Scottsdale, Arizona, on 25th – 27th May.
A year ago, Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) made history when he became the first English player to win this prestigious US junior event, carding a closing 69 for 206, ten under par, and a five stroke winning margin.
Hermeston, 17, (image © Tom Ward) finished runner-up in the English under 14 Championship for the Reid Trophy at Hesketh in 2010 then won the under 16 title at South Moor a year later after having finished second in the Scottish under 16 event.
He also finished second in the Italian under 16 Championship last year and was third in the North of England under 16 Championship. He has also represented England at under 16 level as well as England Schools.
Turner, 17, is currently lying third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit after enjoying a successful start to the season in which he has won the Bernard Darwin Salver in a playoff, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and reached the semi-finals of the French International Boys Championship.
Last year, he finished seventh in the Order of Merit after winning the Boys County Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa and finishing fifth in the North of England under 16 Championship and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. Another second place came in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney earlier this year while he has also been capped at under 16 and boys levels.
Both Hermeston and Turner are members of the England under 18 squad and will seek to keep the trophy in England Golf’s hands over the Raptor Course at the Greyhawk club.