US-based players named in England overseas squads

England Golf has named strong men’s and women’s overseas squads for 2021.

Both groups comprise of players at college in America who remain committed to representing their country.

The four men and nine women selected will have access to support and remote coaching sessions.

They will also be considered for England team events at home and abroad over the summer months.

Dan Bradbury, Barclay Brown (main image), Angus Flanagan and Joe Pagdin have been chosen to represent the men.

Jess Baker, Rosie Belsham (main image), Annabell Fuller, Ellie Gower, Charlotte Heath, Caley McGinty, Mimi Rhodes, Hannah Screen and Amelia Williamson are included in the women’s squad.

Stephen Burnett, men’s performance manager, said: “First and foremost, I’m delighted England Golf has made the decision to support players that have chosen to stay in education.

“The competitive environment the NCAA provides, often coupled with a climate conducive to year-round practice and play, makes US college golf an attractive option for aspiring international amateur players.

“The tournament wins to date of our US-based players, and the World Amateur Golf Rankings they have attained, speak for themselves.

“Our US-based players are destined to play their part in our England teams this year as we push on for further unparalleled success in the international amateur game.”

Jennifer Henderson, assistant women’s performance manager, added: “With many young female golfers from the England Golf talent pathway exploring the opportunity of US college scholarships, I’m delighted that we are once again able to support an overseas women’s squad.

“This exceptionally talented group of players has a strong history of successful performances.

“We’re excited to see what this season has in store for them.

“The national women’s programme features strong players based on both sides of the Atlantic and means our major women’s team selections are likely to be keenly contested.

“We very much have our sights set on securing consecutive Home International titles and challenging for a medal at the European Ladies’ Team Championship at Royal County Down.”

Two of the men’s squad have recently been named in the GB&I Walker Cup squad for the match with the USA in May –  Brown and Flanagan.

Brown, from Yorkshire, attends Stanford University and earlier this month won his first college event at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

Flanagan studies at the University of Minnesota and two of his three victories on the college circuit earned the Surrey golfer invitations to the 2020 3M Open and 2021 Genesis Invitational on the PGA Tour.

Bradbury is a student at Lincoln Memorial and has a prolific record in college events. The man from Wakefield has now won eight times on his college’s circuit.

Pagdin is a key member of the University of Florida’s golf team and the former England boys’ squad player is ranked inside the top 30 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

For the women, Fuller (pictured above right alongside team-mate McGinty) has been in fine form for the University of Florida.

The reigning English Women’s Stroke Play champion recently finished in a tie for 22nd at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

McGinty and Rhodes have also been in the winner’s circle recently. McGinty, from Gloucestershire, won the Clemson Invitational representing Kent State University.

Rhodes, from Somerset and studying at Wake Forest University, tasted victory in last week’s Cavalier Match Play event.

University of Oklahoma student Screen has posted some fine scores and bagged a hole-in-one helping her team to a top ten finish at the Clover Cup last month.

Williamson and former Australian Women’s Amateur champion Heath have played key roles in a successful season for the Florida State University women’s team – including victory in last month’s Pinetree Collegiate.

Belsham starred as Baylor University Women’s Golf team claimed the number one spot in the USA while Gower continues to show good form in her second year at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Northumberland’s Baker has helped the University of Central Florida rise the rankings and recently claimed team victory at the Brickyard Invitational.


Men’s Overseas Squad

Dan Bradbury – Lincoln Memorial University

Barclay Brown – Stanford University

Angus Flanagan – University of Minnesota

Joe Pagdin – University of Florida


Women’s Overseas Squad

Jess Baker – University of Central Florida

Rosie Belsham – Baylor University

Annabell Fuller – University of Florida

Ellie Gower – University of Colorado Boulder

Charlotte Heath – Florida State University

Caley McGinty – Kent State University

Mimi Rhodes – Wake Forest University

Hannah Screen – University of Oklahoma

Amelia Williamson – Florida State University


Photography: Leaderboard