Lancs ace Clarke picked for Boys’ Home Internationals

LANCASHIRE player Oliver Clarke, from Hillside, will link up with Carris Trophy champion Angus Flanagan and the championship’s U16 trophy winner, Michael Gilbert,  in the England team for next week’s Boys’ Home Internationals.

Oliver ClarkeOther new caps at this level are  Alex Fitzpatrick of Yorkshire and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire.

They’ll be joined by the six players who represented England in the European boys’ team championship: Toby Briggs of Norfolk, Callum Farr of Northamptonshire; John Gough of Berkshire, Matty Lamb of Northumberland; Daniel O’Loughlin of Nottinghamshire; and Charlie Strickland of Sussex.

The 11-strong team will take on the challenge of teams from Wales, Scotland and Ireland at Ballyliffin, Ireland, from Tuesday to Thursday, 2-4 August.

The players:

Toby Briggs, 16, (Dunston Hall) was in England’s winning Nations Cup team at the U18 Carris Trophy,  third in the McEvoy Trophy, sixth in the Fairhaven Trophies and 13th in the German boys’ open.

Oliver Clarke, 18, (Hillside, pictured) was runner-up in the Northern boys’ county qualifier, fifth in the Fairhaven Trophies, eighth in the Hampshire Salver and played all four rounds of the Brabazon Trophy.

Callum Farr, 17, (Priors Hall) tied fourth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, shared seventh place in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and helped Northamptonshire reach the Boys’ County Finals last year and this.

Alex Fitzpatrick, 17 (Hallamshire) tied third in the Carris Trophy and was fourth in the Northern boys’ county qualifier. He was third in the 2015 Italian U16 boys’ championship.

Angus Flanagan, 17 (St George’s Hill) won the Carris Trophy – the English U18 boys’ open stroke play – at Hunstanton last week. He was fifth in the South East boys’ county qualifier and 11th at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

Michael Gilbert, 16, (Chelmsford) won the U16 Hazards Salver at the Carris, was runner-up in the U16 McGregor Trophy and won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor) tied third in the McGregor Trophy, won the South East group junior championship and had top 10s in the European Young Masters and the Fairhaven Trophies.

John Gough, 17, (Stoke Park) reached the last 16 of the French boys’ international and was 11th in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. He was runner up in the 2015 Telegraph Junior Championship.

Matty Lamb, 18, (Hexham) was fifth in the Carris Trophy where he also won the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate score in the Carris and Peter McEvoy Trophies and was part of England’s winning Nations Cup team. He was fourth in the McEvoy.

Dan O’Loughlin, 18, (Ruddington Grange) was fourth in both the German boys’ open and the Fairhaven Trophies and tied ninth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. He represented England in last year’s Thunderbird international in the USA.

Charlie Strickland, 17 (Ham Manor) reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship, was fourth in both the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Berkhamsted Trophy. He was eight in the South of England open amateur

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