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28th July 2009

England will field two new caps in Andrew Carman (Coventry, Warwickshire) and Andrew Stracey (Littlestone, Kent) in their squad to contest the European Men's Seniors Team Championships at Golf Club Patriziale Ascona in Switzerland on 11th - 15th August.

The rest of the six-man line-up is Douglas Arnold (Copthorne, Sussex), Geoff King (West Essex, Essex), Chris Reynolds (Littlestone, Kent) and Philip Slater (Sandiway, Cheshire).

Both Carman and Stracey are newcomers to the seniors ranks, both having passed the 55 age limit in the past year.

Carman (Picture © Tom Ward) was a full England International in 1979 and '80, playing ten times for his country and later became chairman of England selectors. He made his seniors debut in this year's English Seniors Championship at Moor Park, finishing third.

Stracey made an explosive start to his over-55s career, winning the Irish Open Seniors at Bangor in his first event before finishing runner-up in the English Championship.

Arnold, 62, has played in every European Seniors Team Championships since its inception in 2006. The Sussex man has won three English Seniors titles, the last in 2006. A gritty competitor, he has also represented England in every Seniors Home Internationals since they were inaugurated in 2002.

King, 65, was capped for the first time in last year's Seniors Home Internationals in Wales but this will be his first European appearance. The Essex man finished tied fourth in this year's English Seniors Championship and third in the South East Seniors Qualifying.

Reynolds, 60, is the current English Seniors Champion following his victory at Moor Park last month, having finished runner-up two years ago and third in 2008. The Kent man made his England debut in the 2006 Seniors Home Internationals and has played in the last two European Seniors Team Championships. He has also been a member of the Kent side that won the Seniors County Finals in 2007, finished runner-up in the British Seniors last year, and is the current South East Seniors Champion.

Slater, 58, was first capped as a senior in last year's European Team Championships in Ireland and also played in the Seniors Home Internationals. A former Cheshire Seniors Champion, he has been a member of two winning Cheshire teams in the English Seniors County Championship.

England have never won the European title, having finished third twice.  Ireland are the defending champions.



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