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Scott Godfrey has been rewarded for winning the English Amateur Championship at Saunton last weekend by being called up by England for the Home Internationals at Woodhall Spa on 12-14 September.

Godfrey is one of five new caps in the England side that will attempt to win back the title they lost to Scotland at Carnoustie a year ago.

The other newcomers have played for England at boys or youth level but this will be their first full cap. They are Paul Bradshaw (Gainsborough), Jonathan Lupton (Middlesborough), David Skinns (Lincoln) and Richard Walker (Walton Hall).

The rest of the 11-strong squad includes the Walker Cup trio of Jamie Elson (Kenilworth), Richard McEvoy (Thorpe Hall), and Gary Wolstenholme (Kilworth Springs), plus Graeme Clark (Doncaster), David Griffiths (West Herts), and Zane Scotland (Woodcote Park).

Simon Robinson (Seaton Carew), who finished runner-up to Godfrey, is named as reserve along with previous internationals Colin Edwards and Richard Finch.

Godfrey earns his place after a fine week at Saunton, which saw the 20 year old become the first Cornishman to become England Champion in the event's 76-year history. Victory meant the St Enodoc man has now won the boy's stroke play and the men's match play title, while among his victims was Skinns in round five.

Godfrey was first capped at Under-16 and boys level in 1997, played for England in the World Boys Team Championship in Japan in 1999 and for Gt Britain and Ireland in the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Burnham & Berrow that same year. He had a lean year in 2000, but began a successful season in 2001 by winning the Berkhamsted Trophy.

Bradshaw, 22, earns a call despite departing the English Amateur in agony in round two after damaging a shoulder, a legacy of a similar injury last year. However, the selectors have shown confidence in his unquestioned ability which has seen him win the Champion of Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa last September, finish runner-up to Scotland's Steven O'Hara in the St Andrews Links Trophy in May and reach the quarter finals of the Amateur Championship at Prestwick the following week.

Lupton, 22, a former boy international, has also enjoyed a successful year, winning the Hampshire Hog and the Welsh Strokeplay Championship as well as finishing second in the West of England and fourth in the Lytham Trophy.

Skinns, 19, another boy cap, has been a consistent performer, winning the Lagonda Trophy, finishing fourth in the West of England and reaching the fourth round of the Amateur Championship.

Walker, 29, won the Brabazon Trophy with a brilliant finishing burst of birdie-birdie-eagle-par at Royal Birkdale in May. He is a former boy and youth international, who reached the third round of the English.

Elson, 20, made his full England debut against France at Chart Hills last year, played against Spain earlier this year and in the European Men's Team Championships in Sweden. He is at college in America, at Augusta State, is a former England Boy international and was a member of the England side that won the European Youths Team championship in Scotland last year.

Griffiths, 21, made his full England debut in the 1999 Home Internationals at Royal County Down. A former boy international, he was a member of the Walker Cup squad but wasn't selected and travelled to America to qualify for the US Amateur Championship. He played for England this year against Spain and South Africa and in the European Men's Team Championships in Sweden.

McEvoy, 22, was another debutant against the French last year before helping England win the European Youths Team Championship. He also played for England in Sweden after winning the Lytham Trophy and the Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin.

Scotland, 19, has been capped at Under-16 and Boys level and made his full England debut at Chart Hills in 2000. A seasoned international; he was also a squad member for the Walker Cup.

Wolstenholme, who will turn 41 before the Home Internationals, is second in the all-time England records with 136 appearances. He began his international career in 1988 while his list of golfing achievements is still growing. Four Walker cups, two Eisenhower Trophies, and an Amateur Championship, head it while he finished runner-up in the English Amateur last year.

The full squad is:
Paul Bradshaw (Gainsborough)
Graeme Clark (Doncaster)
Jamie Elson (Kenilworth)
Scott Godfrey (St Enodoc)
David Griffiths (West Herts)
Jonathan Lupton (Middlesborough)
Richard McEvoy (Thorpe Hall)
Zane Scotland (Woodcote Park)
David Skinns (Lincoln)
Richard Walker (Walton Hall)
Gary Wolstenholme (Kilworth Springs)
Captain: Malcolm Lewis

Non-Travelling Reserves:
Simon Robinson (Seaton Carew)
Colin Edwards (Bath)
Richard Finch (Hull)


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