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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Matt Haines and Luke Goddard will attempt to regain the trophy and maintain England's fine record in the event when they represent the EGU in the Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup at the Los Lagartos Country Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 27th - 30th November.

The pair will also compete in the Argentine Amateur Championship at the Jack Nicklaus designed Golf Club Nordelta on 2nd - 7th December.

Haines, 18, from Kent is a former boy cap who made his full England debut in the victory over France at Frilford Heath in May. The former McEvoy and Carris Trophy winner extended his winning run in 2008 by collecting the Lytham Trophy. This year, he also represented England in the European Men's Team Championship and the Home Internationals and GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy.

Goddard, 20 (pictured - photo courtesy of Tom Ward), from Middlesex, gained a first full England cap in September's Home Internationals and was in the England team at the World Amateur Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy in Australia last month. The former boy international, who preceded Haines as McEvoy Trophy winner, has had a string of top-ten finishes this season including victory in the South of England Stroke Play Championship, runner-up in the Lagonda Trophy and a quarter finalist in the English Amateur. He also finished third in the PING/EGU Order of Merit.

Luke Goddard
(Luke Goddard- photo courtesy of Tom Ward)

England have a fine record in the Tailhade Cup, a 72-hole stroke play event where the aggregate score of both players' scores count.

England triumphs came in 2000 with Nick Dougherty and Gary Wolstenholme, in 2001 by Zane Scotland and David Skinns, in 2003 with Gary Lockerbie and Michael Skelton, while Seve Benson and Ed Richardson triumphed in 2006. A year ago, Sam Hutsby and Chris Wood finished runners-up.

The Argentine Amateur Championship has a 36-hole stroke play qualifying competition with the leading 64 players going forward to the match play knockout, a round of 18 holes, culminating in a 36-hole final.




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