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England Golf looking forward to staging Home Internationals at Ganton

22nd April 2013
England Golf held a Media Day at Ganton (image copyright Tom Ward) as a prelude to the matches with Ireland, Scotland and Wales on 14th – 16th August.

England Golf looking forward to staging Home Internationals at Ganton

Healthy rivalry is the cornerstone of the Home Internationals and this will be the case once again when England host the annual three-day event at Ganton Golf Club in north Yorkshire this summer.

“It's a massive event and all about national pride and rivalry,” said England international Neil Raymond when England Golf held a Media Day at Ganton (image copyright Tom Ward) as a prelude to the matches with Ireland, Scotland and Wales on 14 th – 16 th August.

“Players from the four home countries play alongside each other in individual events week-in, week-out, during the year. But we play against each other in the Home Internationals and then it's all about bragging rights,” added Raymond.

“It's a great honour to play for your country and, domestically, it doesn't get much bigger than the Home Internationals. Scotland did us a favour two years ago by beating Ireland, which saw us win the title but they got their own back last year when we beat Ireland which gave them the title. We are determined to get it back this year.”

Although the teams will not be selected until nearer the date, England coach Graham Walker said: “Selection for the England team is not down to any particular format. You just select the best team to win the event. The England squad gets together several times during the year so it's more about informed judgement.

“You have to take match play results into account but at the end of the day it's all about opinions.”

Double Brabazon Trophy winner Raymond was joined at Ganton by fellow England caps Garrick Porteous, Jamie Rutherford and Nick Marsh while Fraser McKenna and Graeme Robertson, members of the Scottish Performance Squad, journeyed south to support the day and to get a taste of the prestigious course.

All six players then joined members of the press, sponsors and dignitaries on the course for an 18-hole Stableford competition in perfect weather.

With the two best scores on each hole to count, it was the foursomes of Mei Tierney and Paul McGlynn, both from PowaKaddy, Myles Waud of Professional Sports Group, and Jim Law from Chester Golf Centre who came out on top with 78 points, two more than Nick Marsh's team of Danny Lockwood (Yorkshire Golfer), Alan Hedley (Northern Golfer) and Yorkshire County Secretary Keith Dowswell.

Marsh also left his mark on the play with a hole-in-one with a six iron at the 168-yard tenth hole.

England Golf is hoping for a bumper crowd for the Home Internationals. Lynne Fraser, Marketing and PR Manager for England Golf, said: “We are hoping for a good turnout for the event. It is being played during the school holidays and Ganton is only a few miles from Scarborough so it could be a good day out for fans.”

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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