Young talents set for Junior Open

Gabriella Cowley

Two of the country’s emerging talents, Gabriella Cowley (West Essex, Essex) and Stefan Gnyla (Copt Heath, Warwickshire), have been chosen to represent England Golf in the R&A’s Junior Open at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire, on 16th – 18th July.

Gabriella (image © Leaderboard Photography) is the English U15 girls’ champion and the Scottish U16 open stroke play winner. The 16-year-old has just been named as one of four new caps to represent England Golf in the Girls’ Home Internationals in Wales in August.

She tied eighth in the 2012 English women’s amateur and has also just helped Essex to reach the finals of the English Counties’ Championship.

Gabriella, who is the Essex girls’ champion, was a member of the winning Nations Cup team at the Fairhaven trophy earlier this season. She trains with England Golf’s Select South East squad.

While Gnyla is only 13 years of age he has already achieved much in golf. He was the Warwickshire under 12 champion in 2010 and the under 14 winner last year. He also won the Warwickshire Young Masters tournament three times, in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

He has twice been a winner of the US Kids European Championships at Gullane, in 2008 and 2010, and finished runner-up in 2009 and last year. In the 2009 US Kids World Championships at Pinehurst he again finished second.

Gnyla is a scratch team player at Copt Heath, is a member of the Warwickshire under 14, under 16 and under 18 teams and represented the North under 16s against the England under 16s this year, taking three points from four.

The R&A Junior Open is played every two years and is a truly international event. A total of 60 nations were represented in 2008 at Hesketh, 77 at Lundin two years ago and it is hoped there will be even more at Fairhaven.

For many, it will be a first taste of international golf and of representing their country.