amateur golf
amateur golf


England is sending a strong contingent to contest the European International Amateur Championship at the Odense Golf Club in Denmark on 22-25 August. The seven-strong party shows a mixture of youth and experience with five of the party due to make their full England debuts in next month's Home Internationals at Woodhall Spa.

The squad is headed by new English Champion Scott Godfrey, the 20 year old Cornishman having won the title by beating Durham's Simon Robinson over 36 holes at Saunton last week.

Godfrey, a boy international, will be capped at senior level at Woodhall Spa, as will Paul Bradshaw, Jonathan Lupton, David Skinns and Richard Walker, who are all named to play in Denmark along with Graeme Clark and Zane Scotland.

Bradshaw, 22, damaged a shoulder in going out of the English Amateur in the second round, but is an accomplished golfer, having won the Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa last September while this year he was runner-up in the St Andrews Links Trophy and a quarter finalist in the Amateur Championship at Prestwick.

Similarly, Lupton, 22, a boy international, has enjoyed a good year, winning the Hampshire Hog and the Welsh Stroke Play Championship, while finishing second in the West of England Stroke Play and fourth in the Lytham Trophy.

Skinns, 19, capped at boys level, has also tasted victory this year. He won the Lagonda Trophy as well as finishing fourth in the West of England and reaching the fourth round of the Amateur Championship as well as fifth round of the English Amateur.

Walker, 29, a former boy and youth international, celebrated his reinstatement as an amateur by winning the Brabazon Trophy at Royal Birkdale in May.

Clark, 25, and 19 year old Scotland are both experienced campaigners. Clark played in the Yorkshire team that won the English County Finals in 1999, made his full England debut against Spain this year and played in the European Men's Team Championships in Sweden last month.

Scotland helped Surrey win the County Finals last year at both boys and senior levels. He has been capped at Under 16 and boys level before making his senior England debut against France at Chart Hills in May 2000. He played in last year's Home Internationals and was a member of the Walker Cup squad.

An English player hasn't won the European title for a decade. Jim Payne was the last to succeed in 1991.

The team manager in Denmark will be Rodney Hare.

The full party is:

Paul Bradshaw (Gainsborough)
Graeme Clark (Doncaster)
Scott Godfrey (St Enodoc)
Jonathan Lupton (Middlesborough)
David Skinns (Lincoln)
Richard Walker (Walton Hall)
Zane Scotland (Woodcote Park)


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