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The cream of England’s young golfers line up in the English boys' Under-14 Stroke Play championship for the Reid Trophy at Longcliffe Golf Club, near Loughborough in Leicestershire on 17th – 18th August.

This will be the first time the event has moved away from its regular venue of Porters Park in Hertfordshire as the EGU follow their policy of moving championships around the country. It will also be the first time the Championship has been played over two days. In previous years 36 holes were completed in a day.

A total of 901 youngsters, some of whom will prove to be the international players of tomorrow, will compete in three-ball matches starting at 08:00 hours on both days.

The field includes several brothers of players already established in boys’ golf. There is Alex Stevenson (Whittington Heath), younger brother of Craig Stevenson, who has just been called up by England for the Boys Home Internationals, and 13-year old Alex Macgregor (Perranporth), whose brother Robert is in the Cornwall Under-18 squad.

From Durham, Tom Maddison (Castle Eden), could be strong contender. He played well in the Under 16 Championships for the McGregor Trophy until a poor finish, in which he spilled six shots in the final two holes, saw him slip from twelfth to twenty-seventh.

Tom Oliver (Radcliffe on Trent) is only 11 but has been playing for five years and has a handicap of nine, while another Cornwall youngster is Charles Simpson (Newquay), the son of former Curtis Cup golfer, Linda Moore.

Another offspring is Gary McLure (Whickham), the son of Tony McLure, the green keeper at Whickham and a former winner of the Lytham Trophy and the Northern asters.

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