Monday, April 26, 2010

English enter combined boys/girls' teams at Fairhaven

The English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) are entering joint teams of two boys and a girl for the Nations Cup competition at the Fairhaven Trophies over the Lancashire course on 30th April – 2nd May.
Team One will comprise Oliver Carr (Heswall, Cheshire), Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) and Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, Lancashire), while Team Two will be Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Kieron Fowler (based in Spain) and Bronte Law (Bramhall, Cheshire).
Carr, 17, is a former Cheshire Junior Champion, who won the North of England Under 16 Championship last year as well as the Under 16 title at the Faldo Series Final in Rio de Janerio. He was also capped by England at Under 16 level in 2009 against Wales, Scotland and Ireland. He is now a member of the England Under 18 Squad.
Ben Taylor, 17, is also a member of the Under 18 Squad and helped Surrey retain the Boys County Championship last year. He finished fourth in the South of England Boys Championship and reached the last 16 of the British Boys. Ben represented the EGU in the triangular match in South Africa earlier this year.
Emily Taylor,15, no relation of Ben, has just won the Scottish Girls Under 16 Stroke Play Championship, helped by a course record 66 at Strathmore. She was also in the winning Nations Cup team.
In February, she won the Under 18 titles in the Hacienda Del Alamo Ladies Open and the Murcia Under 16 Open at the Hacienda del Alamo February Festival in Murcia, south-east Spain. Last year, she was the Lancashire Ladies’ Champion at the age of 14 and runner-up in the English Under 15 Girls’ Championship for the second successive year.
She is in the EWGA Under 18 Squad.
Fitzpatrick, 15, finished second to Oliver Carr in last year’s North of England Under 16 Championship and was third in the English Schools Under 16 Championship. Runner-up for the Yorkshire Under 16 title, he also finished second in the St Andrews Under 18 Open. A member of the England Under 16 Squad, he won the St Andrews Junior Open and the Wentworth Under 14 Scratch Open, both in 2008.
Fowler, 15, is Spanish-based and has enjoyed several junior successes there. He was tied fourth behind Carr and Fitzpatrick in last year’s North of England Under 16 Championship and is also a member of the England Under 16 Squad.
Bronte Law, 15, completed a string of victories in 2009, becoming English Under 18 Stroke Play Champion, North of England Under 16 Champion, in which she beat a mixed field by four strokes, North of England Schools’ Champion, Northern Girls’ Champion and Cheshire Girls’ Champion. In February she retained the Andalucia Junior European Open girls' title by an impressive ten-shot margin and she finished fourth in the Scottish Under 16 Stroke Play championship.
Like Emily Taylor, she is also in the EWGA Under 18 Squad.The Nations Cup is contested over the first two rounds of the 72-hole Fairhaven Trophies.-