Monday, November 07, 2011


The English Golf Union has invited 21 players under the age of 18 to form its boys training squad for the winter months and 2012, many of whom have already represented England at international level.
The squad includes British Boys Champion Harrison Greenberry, beaten finalist Patrick Kelly, English under 16 Champion Jack Hermeston and Jamie Clare, runner-up in the English Amateur Championship.
Devon-based Greenberry won the British U18s title at Burnham and Berrow in August, edging out Lincolnshire’s Kelly at the 37th hole. That victory plus several other solid finishes saw Greenberry finish top of the Titleist/FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit for 2011, while he also represented GB and I against the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
Kelly, meanwhile, followed up several under 16 caps in previous years by making his debut for England in the Boys Home Internationals in Wales. He also helped Lincolnshire to their first Boys County Championship and finished eighth on the Titleist/FootJoy EGU Boys Merit list.
Hermeston, from Northumberland, was a clear winner of the English under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy in front of his supporters at South Moor in County Durham, while he also finished runner-up in the Scottish under 16 championship, third in the English Schools and fifth in the North of England Youths Championship. Those performances led to his being capped at under 16 level against Scotland and Ireland.
Clare, the South West Schools Champion, was a surprise finalist in the English Amateur at Woburn but displayed fighting qualities in the final against Steven Brown, battling back from 8-down at lunch to eventually lose 7 and 5.
Others in the squad include the Staffordshire duo of Robert Burlison, an under 16 cap for the past two years, and Cameron Long, capped at under 16 level this year and runner-up in the North of England under 16 Championship, and Matthew Fitzpatrick, from Yorkshire, a quarter finalist in the British Boys, runner-up in the Carris Trophy, joint winner of the Junior County Champions Tournament and capped at boys level in 2011.
Bradley Moore from Derbyshire, the English under 14 Champion and an under 16 international, is also included as is Cheshire’s Haydn McCullen, another under 16 international and runner-up in the Douglas Johns Trophy.
Kent’s Max Orrin, a former under 16 international and capped at boys level this year, is also named following his second place in the Darwin Salver and third in the Fairhaven Trophy and South East Junior Championship, as is Toby Tree from Sussex, the England under 14 Champion in 2008 and under 16 Champion in 2010 and winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters this year.
Two more members of the Lincolnshire side that triumphed in the Boys County Championship, Ashton Turner and Jordan Wrisdale, both under 16 caps, are also included along with Jack Singh-Brar from Hampshire, winner of the Hazards Trophy at the English under 16 Championship and another joint winner of the Junior County Champions Tournament.
The full squad is:
* Jordan Boulton (Notts, Nottinghamshire)
Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire)
Jamie Clare (Burnham and Berrow, Somerset)
Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire)
Harrison Greenberry (Exeter, Devon)
* Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle, Northumberland)
Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire)
Cameron Long (Drayton Park, Staffordshire)
Nick Marsh (Elland, Yorkshire)
* Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire)
* Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire)
James Newton (Prestbury, Cheshire)
Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent)
Matthew Pearson (Worlebury, Somerset)
Pavan Sagoo (Ealing, Middlesex)
* Jack Singh-Brar (Bramshaw, Hampshire)
Liam Sutton (Etchinghill, Kent)
Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex)
* Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire)
Jordan Wrisdale (Boston, Lincolnshire)
* Indicates players who are eligible to compete at Under 16 level in 2012.




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