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Red Rose boys seeking another County title

25th September 2013

Red Rose boys seeking another County title

Minchinhampton Golf Club (image copyright Tom Ward Photography.)
Lancashire will be making their fourth successive appearance and seeking their 11th title when the English men's County Championship Finals take place at Minchinhampton Golf Club in Gloucestershire on 27th – 29th September.

The North Region champions won the title in 2008 and 2010, were runners-up last year and finished third in 2011. But they will face stiff opposition from the other regional winners, Devon, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands, and Leicestershire & Rutland.

The Lancashire line-up includes county champion Haydn McCullen and several players who have appeared in their previous finals, namely John Carroll, Paul Howard, Sean Towndrow and Mark Young.

McCullen, an England boy international, is also the county's boy champion, while Howard was capped by England in the recent Home Internationals at Ganton.

Devon, county champions in 2003 at Formby, have battled their way into all three county finals this year and their team at Minchinhampton includes Jimmy Mullen, who also made his full England debut in the Home Internationals at Ganton.

The 19 year old from Royal North Devon also played all four rounds of the Open Championship at Muirfield and finished joint third in the Brabazon Trophy at Formby, achieving a hole-in-one during the final round.

The Devon team also includes Sam Edwards, a former under 16 international, and fourth in this year's Tillman Trophy. But the county is missing Harrison Greenberry and Ryan Pope, both at college in the United States.

Hampshire, IoW & CI, county champions in 1996 at Woodhall Spa, finished third on their last appearance in the finals at Hunstanton in 2010, when their team included Martin Young, who is again in their line-up.

Young was English Mid Amateur champion in 2006 and is a regular in the leading tournaments up and down the country. His team-mates this time include Harry Ellis, English champion last year and Hampshire boy champion this, who has been capped at all three levels by England, and the experienced Ryan Henley.

When comes to experience there are few with more equipped than David Gibson, a stalwart of Midland regional winners Leicestershire & Rutland. He is their county champion and is joined by two equally experienced men in Jonathan Herbert and Steve Sansome, the English Mid Amateur champion in 2004 at Fairhaven.

Leicestershire & Rutland have yet to win the County Championship, while the title hasn't resided the Midlands since Warwickshire triumphed at Hayling in 1990.

The County Finals are played on a round robin basis over the three days. In the first round of matches, Lancashire face Leicestershire & Rutland while Devon meet Hampshire, IoW & CI.

David Ashley (Saunton)
David Blick (East Devon)
Adam Bridgewater (Tavistock)
Sam Edwards (Bigbury)
Peter Lawrence (Woodbury Park)
Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon)
Dan Rosevear (Yelverton)

Hampshire, IoW & CI
Mark Burgess (Blackmoor)
Harry Ellis (Meon Valley)
Elliot Groves (Stoneham)
Ryan Henley (Stoneham)
Gavin O'Neill (Royal Jersey)
Tom Robson (Rowlands Castle)
Martin Young (Brokenhurst Manor)

John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot)
Ciaran Doherty (Bury)
Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale)
Paul Kinnear (Formby)
Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest)
Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale)
Mark Young (Longridge)

Leicestershire & Rutland
Martin Anderson (Kibworth)
James Billingham (Cosby)
David Gibson (Cosby)
Jonathan Herbert (Hinckley)
Ashley Mason (Glen Gorse)
Colin Mitchell (Melton Mowbray)
Steve Sansome (Birstall)

Image caption: Minchinhampton Golf Club image copyright Tom Ward Photography.

For more information on the  English men's County Championship Finals please visit the website

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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