Tom Thurloway will defend his title when the English Men’s Amateur Championship gets underway at Hankley Common and North Hants on 30 July.
Thurloway, from Chartham Park in Sussex, beat Lansdown and Gloucestershire’s Joe Long 6 & 5 in last year’s final at Formby and is now seeking to become the first player to win back-to-back championships since Paul Casey in 2000 and 2001.
Long, from the Lansdown Golf Club, also returns attempting to go one better than last year.
The top-ranked player in this year’s field is World No. 30, Tom Sloman, from Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club in Somerset, who won the individual title at the European Nations Cup in Sotogrande, Spain, earlier this year. He is joined by Lindrick and Yorkshire’s Bailey Gill and Yeovil and Somerset’s Tom Plumb who were also part of the English squad that defended the team title on that occasion and by Hallamshire and Yorkshire’s Alex Fitzpatrick, West Cornwall and Cornwall’s Harry Hall and Hexham Northumberland’s Matty Lamb who were part of the English team that finished runner-up to hosts Sweden in the recent European Men’s Team Championship.
The England and England “A” squads are also represented by this year’s St Andrews Links Trophy winner Jake Burnage (Saunton and Devon), Billy McKenzie (Rowlands Castle and Hampshire), Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs and Wiltshire), Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County and Northamptonshire), Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor and Hertfordshire), Sam Done (Kenwick Park and Lincolnshire) Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall and Yorkshire) and David Langley (Castle Royle and Buckinghamshire) while Josh McMahon (Wallasey and Cheshire) and James Newton (Prestbury and Cheshire) will be looking for more success following their victories in the Lytham Trophy and the Irish Open Amateur Championship earlier this season.
The field of 288 players also includes England Boy’s squad members Barclay Brown (Hallamshire and Yorkshire), Enrique Dimayuga (Walton Heath and Surrey), Conor Gough (Stoke Park and Berkshire), Josh Hill (Trump International Dubai), Max Hopkins (Berkhamsted and Hertfordshire), Habebul Islam (Ipswich and Suffolk), George Leigh (Trevose and Cornwall) and Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted and Hertfordshire).
Stage One of the championship is stroke play with all competitors playing one round over both Hankley Common and North Hants. The leading 64 players and ties will qualify for the match play stage, to be played at Hankley Common, and will be seeded according to their stroke play finishing place. If necessary, a preliminary match play round will be played to determine the top 64 players.
The event starts on Tuesday, 30 July and concludes on Sunday, 4 August.
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