Talented four head to the Italian International Under 16 Championship

England Golf has selected four of its most talented up-and-coming young players to represent their country at the Italian International Under 16 Championship at Golf Club Beilla “Le Betulle” on 3-5 September. 

Hugh Adams, pictured (Hagley , Worcestershire), Jack Bigham (Harpenden, Hertfordshire), Matthew Dodd-Berry (Royal Liverpool, Lancashire) and the Dubai-based Josh Hill will all play in the individual event for the Teodoro Soldati Trophy while Bigham, Dodd-Berry and Hill will form the English team for the concurrent Nations Cup team competition.

The Teodaro Soldati Trophy is named after the rising Italian teenager who was taken ill while representing his country in the 2015 European Boys’ Team Championship and tragically died a few days later aged just 15.

Adams, Bigham, Dodd-Berry and Hill have all produced some outstanding performances this season.

Adams, (14), was second on the defence of his title at this month’s English Under 14 Boys’ Open Amateur Championship (Reid Trophy) at Trentham Golf Club and then headed north to Newmachar where he won the Loretto Golf Academy Scottish Boys’ Under 14 Open Championship. Earlier in the year he was also tied-third at the Belgian International Boys’ Under 14 Championship.

Bigham, (15) started the season strongly with an eighth-place finish at the Peter McEvoy Trophy and has subsequently finished tied-sixth at the English Under 16 Boys’ Open Amateur Championship (McGregor Trophy) and in a share of tenth place at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. He also represented England at the European Young Masters in the Czech Republic where was tied-20th in the individual event.

Dodd-Berry (15) won this year’s Midland Under 16 Boys’ Championship in what he described as his first start in a big event and was fourth in the North Group Boys’ Qualifying.

Hill (15) teamed up with Bigham at the European Young Masters where he finished in a share of 11th place in the individual event and also represented England this year at the Under 16 match against Spain and the Boys’ Under 16 Quadrangular at Troon Darnley.

The Italian International Under 16 Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event in which the full field play the opening two rounds on September 3 and 4 before the leading 40 players and those tied for 40th place progress to the final two rounds on September 5.

The Nations Cup is open to teams of three players from the competing countries and runs concurrently with the first two rounds of the individual event. The best two scores out of the three count for the team score in each round.  

Photos: Credit Leaderboard Photography.