Three champions named in England title defences

Three new champions have been named in the England teams which will defend the boys’ and girls’ Home Internationals next week.

They are Caitlin Whitehead, the girls’ winner at the European Young Masters, and Barclay Brown and Conor Gough, respectively the winners of the U18 Carris Trophy and the U16 McGregor Trophy.


The full teams are:

Boys at Royal Dornoch, Scotland from Tuesday to Thursday, 7-9 August

Harrison Arnold, 18, (Castle Royle, BB&O) is the current leader of the England Golf boys’ order of merit and won the U18 Peter McEvoy Trophy.

Barclay Brown, 17, pictured, (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) has just won the English U18 boys’ open championship for the Carris Trophy.

Matthew Freeman, 17, (Notts, Nottinghamshire) is a new cap who had a top ten finish in the Carris Trophy.

Harry Goddard, 18 (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) is an experienced boy international and has has been in England’s winning teams for the past two years.

Conor Gough, 15 (Stoke Park, BB&O) has won the English U16 boys’ open for the McGregor Trophy and the Fairhaven Trophies.

Josh Hill, 14, is Dubai-based and another new cap. He was 10th in the McGregor Trophy and a strong challenger in the Carris Trophy, eventually finishing 11th.

Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) has recently represented England in the European Young Masters and the European team championships.

Habebul Islam, 17, (Ipswich Suffolk) is another new cap who was third in the Tillman Trophy and fourth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

Curtis Knipes, 17 (Abridge, Essex) is a new cap who was fifth in the Berkshire Trophy and eighth in the Hampshire Salver.

Joe Pagdin, 16, is Florida based and has had a string of high finishes in USA events and was in England’s winning boys’ team of 2017.

Robin Williams, 16, (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire), was third in the Sage Valley invitational in the US and made the match play stages of the Amateur Championship.

Gough and Williams were also in last year’s winning team.


Charlie Salter, 18, (Northamptonshire County).


Girls at Ballybunion, Ireland, from Wednesday to Friday, 8-10 August.

Charlotte Heath, 16, (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) makes her debut at this level, having won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

Ebonie Lewis, 17, (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire) has had four top five finishes this season, including third place in the Irish women’s open.

Martha Lewis, 18, (St George’s Hill, Surrey), was runner-up in the 2017 English girls’ championship and is an experienced international.

Mimi Rhodes, 16, (Burnham & Berrow, Somerset) won the U16 trophy at the 2017 Scottish girls’ championship and was sixth in qualifying at the recent European girls’ team championship.

Hannah Screen, 18, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) was runner-up in last year’s British women’s stroke play and this season’s Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

Amelia Williamson, 18, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk), had a top ten in the English women’s amateur, won the Hampshire Rose and was runner up in the Fairhaven Trophies.

Caitlin Whitehead, 15, (Carus Green, Cumbria) has just won the European Young Masters and the West of England Open., alongside other strong performances.


Caley McGinty, 17, (Knowle, Gloucestershire)

Rosie Belsham, 16, (Whitley Bay, Northumberland)


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