Young talent lines up for McGregor Trophy

Talent spotters get ready! The stars of the future will be on parade when the McGregor Trophy returns ‘home’ to Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club from 16-18 July.

The English U16 Boys’ Open Amateur, which has its roots at the Nottinghamshire club, traditionally attracts the best young players from England and further afield.

Justin Rose is among the past winners, while last year’s champion, Conor Gough, went on to become Boys’ Amateur Champion, while the runner-up, Ben Schmidt, is now the Brabazon Trophy winner.

This year’s championship will feature players from 16 countries. Among those aiming to keep the trophy in English hands is Hugh Adams (Hagley, Worcestershire), who won the 2018 Reid Trophy for the U14s. He showed his strong nerves then, coming through a four-hole play-off to take the title.

Others likely to be in the mix are Dubai-based Josh Hill, who was in England’s winning team at the 2018 Boys’ Home Internationals; the U16 internationals Josh Berry (Doncaster, Yorkshire), Tom Gregory (Stoke Park, BB&O), and Reis Suart (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire); and Matthew Dodd-Berry (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire), who won the Midland U16 Championship earlier this year.

Among the international challengers will be players from the other home countries and many European nations, with Spain and Italy both sending large squads.

The championship returns regularly to Radcliffe-on-Trent, where it began in 1982 and was played for the first 17 years.

The McGregor Trophy is played over 72 holes. The full field plays 18 holes on each of the first two days then the leading 40 and ties qualify for the final 36 holes on the third day.