Young golf stars head to Hunstanton

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Six young internationals will be on double duty next week when the Carris Trophy takes place at Hunstanton Golf Club, Norfolk, from Tuesday to Friday, July 19-22.

They’ll be playing for both team and individual honours in the English U18 boys’ open amateur stroke play championship.

The players selected for the two Nations Cup teams are: Toby Briggs of Norfolk, Matty Lamb of Northumberland and Dan O’Loughlin of Nottinghamshire; and Oliver Clarke of Lancashire, Callum Farr of Northamptonshire and Rhys Nevin-Wharton of Cheshire.

They will be aiming to keep an England grip on the Nations Cup, which last year was shared with Denmark. The team event is played alongside the first two rounds of the championship, with the best two scores from three counting each day.

The six players will also be focussed on the individual contest for the Carris Trophy, which is one of the most sought-after of boys’ titles. Past winners include Sandy Lyle, Justin Rose, Graeme Storm and Tom Lewis.

It always attracts a very strong international field, with players in this year’s field representing 11 countries in addition to England.

Hunstanton has hosted many of the top amateur championships but this is the first time that the Carris has been played on the classic Norfolk links course.

The full field of 144 competitors will play 18 holes rounds on each of the first two days of the championship. The field will then be cut to the top 60 players and ties who will play the final 36 holes over the remaining two days.

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