SQUAD MEMBERS INCLUDE FIVE ALUMNI OF JUNIOR TEAM GOLF NATIONAL & HOME NATIONS FINALS
Junior Team Golf is immensely proud of the fact that when the ten-player GB & Ireland Walker Cup team tee off next weekend, 8th and 9th May at Seminole Golf Club, Juno Beach, Florida, half of the team, plus one of the two reserves are alumni of Junior Team Golf Finals.
Barclay Brown was a 15 year-old member of the Hallamshire club team, who were crowned England Champions, at Studley Wood in October 2015.
Playing off +1 at the time, he shot a five under par 68, in difficult conditions, seven better than the next best gross on the day! The previous year, Barclay and Hallamshire came third in the England Final.
He then led the Hallamshire team to a third-place finish in the Home Nations Final at Antequera, behind Champions from Wales, The Vale and runners up Murrayfield from Scotland, but beating Irish champions Kilkenny in the 3rd and 4th place match.
Alex Fitzpatrick aged17 at the time, was also a member of the Hallamshire club team who were crowned England Champions, at Studley Wood in October 2015. Playing off +1 at the time, he shot 78, the third best gross on the day! He is following in the footsteps of another Hallamshire JTG Final alumni, his brother Matt, who also represented GB & Ireland in the Walker Cup, before turning pro and graduating to world rankings and the victorious Ryder Cup team. Alex also was also a member of the Hallamshire team who came third in 2014.
Matty Lamb at the age of 14, was playing off 1 and leading his Hexham team from Northumbria to the 2012 England title at Five Lakes, Essex.
He then went unbeaten in the Home Nations Final at Antequera, leading his team to a third-place finish, beating a strong County Sligo team in the third and fourth place play-off match. The Vale and St. Pierre were joint champions that year
Mark Power at the age of 15, playing off +1, led his Kilkenny team to the Leinster Championship and then on to winning the Fred Daly All Ireland Championship in August 2015, beating Faith Legg from Munster in the Final.
He then led his team to a fourth-place finish at Antequera, losing to Hallamshire in the 3rd and 4th place match. However he did have the consolation of recording Kilkenny’s only win in that match, by beating his now Walker Cup teammate, Barclay Brown 2 and 1 in the top match!
Brian Schmidt, the third player from the Sheffield Union in this year’s Walker Cup squad, captained his Rotherham team until the age of 16.
It was at this time that he started getting calls to represent Yorkshire and England. However, he has still found time to “coach” his younger brother Luke who, at the age of 15, is already representing Yorkshire, as well as playing no 2 in the Rotherham junior team, which competed in Junior Team Golf competitions last year and will again in 2021.
Jack Dyer, is one of the two reserves for this year’s Walker Cup team.
At the ages of 14 and 15, playing off 1 and scratch respectively, Jack won seven and one half points out of a possible eight. His consistency contributed in no small way to his Rochford Hundred team, from Essex. coming fourth in 2013/14 and runners up in 2014/15 at Antequera in Spain.
His feat of remaining unbeaten over two years in Junior Team Golf Home Nations Finals, has only been beaten by Grant Forrest, representing Craigielaw, who did not concede even a half point in his nine matches spread over three years!
Junior Team Golf will watch with interest what unfolds in Florida next weekend and wishes all five or six JTG alumni and their teammates the very best of good fortune in their quest to win back the Walker Cup, away from home!
Change of venue for the home nations final
We took the decision last June to take a break from Morgado for 2020-21 Home Nations Championship Finals because of the uncertainty surrounding foreign air travel, quarantine restrictions etc..
We would hope to return to Morgado for the 2022-23 Finals, possibly even for 2021-22, when the dust will hopefully have settled on the current uncertainty arising from the Covid 19 pandemic, the air line schedules are back to normal, international travel quarantines are a thing of the past and an effective vaccine programme is available globally to all.
FOREST PINES SPA & GOLF UNVEILED AS THE VENUE FOR THE HOME NATIONS FINALS 2020-21