West country golfers selected for England

THREE West Country golfers have been selected for the England team which will compete in the Home Internationals event at Moortown in Yorkshire, starting on Wednesday. Devon’s Jake Burnage and Somerset pair Josh Hilleard and Tom Sloman will join Todd Clements, Jack Gaunt, Dan Brown, David Hague, Will Whiteoak, Matthew Jordan, Bradley Moore, and Gian-Marco Petrozzi in the England squad which will take on Ireland, Scotland and Wales for the Raymond Trophy.

England last won the title back in 2013 on home soil but the competition has since been dominated by Ireland. The round robin matches, which will take place from Wednesday to Friday, will begin with Ireland taking on Wales while England face Scotland. Saunton golfer Burnage earned his selection after winning the South of England amateur and the Hampshire Hog on his way to second place in the Hampshire Salver.

The 22-year-old was joint runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy and third in the Lytham Trophy while also securing top ten finishes in the Biarritz Cup, the Grand Prix de Chiberta and the Berkshire Trophy. Taunton and Pickeridge’s Sloman, 20, won the the under-21 Dutch Junior Open while also finishing as runner-up in the Irish stroke play, tenth in the Welsh, and third in the Bernard Darwin Salver. He reached the last-32 in the Amateur Championship and was a semi-finalist in the English amateur.

While Farrington Park’s Hilleard, 22, earned his call-up after winning the French Open in a play-off and finished fourth in the Irish men’s open. He also had high finishes in the Lytham Trophy, Hampshire Salver and African amateur and was in England’s silver medal-winning side at the European team championship.