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1st March 2010

British and English Boy Champion Tom Lewis has been included in the four-man England team to defend the European Nations Championship in Spain next month.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis (Image courtesy Tom Ward)

The 19 year old from Hertfordshire will link up with Walker Cup men Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Haines and Chris Paisley in a powerful young side (average age 20) that will seek to complete a second successive victory at Sotogrande on 17th - 20th March.

Lewis (picture © Tom Ward) won the Carris Trophy (English Boys Championship) at Moor Park last summer by beating England team-mate Chris Lloyd in a sudden death playoff, then edged out full international Eddie Pepperell for the British title in the 36-hole final at Royal St George's .

Lewis, from Welwyn Garden City , has been part of the  English Golf Union's (EGU) coaching set-up since 2005 when he was joint winner of the Hazards Salver during the Carris Trophy, also at Moor Park. He became an Under 16 international that year and has been a boy cap for the past two years.  Winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters in 2007 after a playoff, he has also won the North of England Under 16 title, the Henriques Salver in the Brabazon Trophy, and has been a runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophy and the Honda Junior Championship in Japan.

Fleetwood and Haines recently returned from a successful month in Australia during which Fleetwood finished runner-up in the New South Wales Amateur and sixth in the New South Wales Medal and the Lake Macquarie International. In the Masters of the Amateurs, Haines was tied fifth while the pair finished third in the team event.

Fleetwood, 19, a former Under 16 and boy cap, made his full England debut in the 2008 Home Internationals and has been a regular in the team for the past two years. He was Lancashire Champion and English County Champion in 2008 and last year he won the Scottish Open Stroke Play, was tied fourth in the Brabazon Trophy and a quarter finalist in the Amateur Championship.

Haines, 20, was also a former boy international, who made his full England debut against France in 2008. That same year, he won the McEvoy Trophy and the Lytham Trophy while he also represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy.  In 2009, the Kent golfer won the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Hampshire Hog and Salver and finished runner-up in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and the St Andrews Links Trophy. He also reached the quarter finals of the Spanish and English Amateur Championships.

Paisley, 23, from Northumberland, who spent four successful years at the University of Tennessee, won the 2008 Czech Amateur Championship, and also that year finished runner-up in the Tillman Trophy, the English Amateur Championship and the South of England Open Stroke Play Championship.  He was selected by GB&I in 2008 for the St Andrews Trophy and last year became a full England international as well as a member of the Walker Cup team.

The European Nations Championship, formerly known as the Sherry Cup, the Grey Goose Cup, and the Sotogrande Cup, is competed for over 72 holes with the best three cards each day counting towards the team event. An individual competition runs simultaneously with the Nations Championship, the champion collecting a trophy and the Amateur Masters Jacket.

If the Championship ends in a tie, the teams involved will nominate one player to compete in a sudden death playoff.

England won the title over the same course a year ago with the team of Charlie Ford, Luke Goddard, Sam Hutsby and Dale Whitnell, all of whom have turned professional.

England also won the Championship in 2004, finished runners-up in 2007 and third twice. Hutsby also won the individual title last year.

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