Monday, June 28, 2010

Canter gets the call for England's European men's team

Laurie Canter (Saltford, Somerset), with a string of successes this year including victory in the South African Amateur Championship, has been named in the England team for the European Men’s Team Championships at Österåkers Golf Club in Sweden on 6th – 10th July.
The 20 year old joins Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall, Lancashire), Billy Hemstock (Teignmouth, Devon), Tom Lewis (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire), Matt Nixon (Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire), and Chris Paisley (Stocksfield, Northumberland), all of whom played against France in May, in a strong side that will attempt to regain the title last won in 2005.
Canter’s call-up follows an impressive run of success that saw him win the South African title in East London early this year followed by further wins in the Hampshire Hog and West of England Stroke Play. He has also finished runner-up in the Hampshire Salver and joint fourth in the Duncan Putter (picture © Tom Ward).
Fleetwood, 19, finished top scorer with three points from four in the international with France and reached the last 16 of last week’s Amateur Championship, going out to county colleague Nixon. He then returned to France to qualify for the French Open on the European Tour. Earlier this year, the Lancastrian finished runner-up in the New South Wales Amateur, the Spanish Amateur and the Scottish Champion of Champions, having won the Scottish Open Stroke Play last year. A member of last year’s Walker Cup team, he was capped for the first time in the 2008 Home Internationals following a runner-up spot in the Amateur Championship.
Hemstock, 26, the current Devon Champion, has also been enjoying a successful time over the past two years including runner-up in the Duncan Putter and the Irish Open Amateur in 2008 and second last year when representing the EGU in the Chiberta Grand Prix in France. He made his England debut in the French match last month. Also in 2009, he finished third in the Tillman Trophy, the Finnish Amateur and the European Amateur and he reached the last 16 of the English Amateur. Over the winter, Hemstock represented the EGU in the Simon Bolivar Cup in Venezuela and in the Jones Cup in America.

Lewis, 19, also made his full England debut against France having topped the Titleist Footjoy EGU Boys Order of Merit last year, which followed a successful season in which he won the English Boys and British Boys titles. He also helped England win the Boys Home Internationals and was a member of the winning Jacques Leglise team against the Continent of Europe. This year he has won the Berkhamsted Trophy, finished second in the Welsh Open Stroke Play, third in the Selborne Salver and Hampshire Salver and reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship before losing to eventual champion Jin Jeong of South Korea.

After beating Fleetwood, Nixon, 21, reached the Amateur Championship semi-finals before going out to James Byrne of Scotland. British Boys Champion in 2006, Nixon made his England debut in the Boys Home Internationals the following year, reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur in 2008 and helped Lancashire win the English County title. Last year, he finished third in the West of England Stroke Play, fourth in the Brabazon Trophy and made his debut as a full cap in the Home Internationals, losing only one game in four. In 2010, he has finished third in the Lytham Trophy and the Selborne Salver.
Paisley, 24, graduated from the University of Tennessee last year, when he also made his England debut in the Home Internationals and was selected for the Walker Cup. He was also a member of England’s winning European Nations Cup in Spain earlier this year along with Fleetwood and Lewis, and was a semi-finalist in last week’s Amateur Championship, losing to eventual winner Jin Joeng. In 2008, he won the Czech Amateur Championship, finished runner-up in the Tillman Trophy, the English Amateur Championship and the South of England Open Stroke Play Championship and also played for GB&I in the 2008 St Andrews Trophy.
England has won the European Team title on nine occasions, the most recent being the 2005 triumph at Hillside, while they were finalists last year, losing to Scotland in the final at Conwy.



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