Top field for Reid Trophy at Manchester

AN international field will head to Manchester Golf Club next week to play for the Reid Trophy, one of the golfing world’s most sought after U14 boys’ titles.

Talented youngsters from England and the home countries will be joined by players from across Europe and as far afield as Jordan and Korea.

The English U14 boys’ open championship will be played over 54 holes, from Tuesday to Thursday, 8-10 August.

Players include Tom Gregory,  who was fifth in the U16 McGregor Trophy and has represented England at U16 level. Dubai-based Josh Hill was another high finisher at the McGregor, sharing 11th place.

Meanwhile, Jack Bigham of Redbourn, Hertfordshire, will be aiming for a special double – for his brother, Harry, won the Reid Trophy in 2014.

Other past winners include England’s Eddie Pepperell, now a successful European Tour player and Scotland’s Bradley Neil who went on to become the Amateur Champion and a Walker Cup player before turning professional. England international Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) won the trophy in 2011.

Manchester Golf Club – which is proud of its junior development programme – will challenge the players with a course which is predominantly moorland in character but also has heathland and parkland features – as well as scenic views.

All 144 competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days of the championship. After 36 holes, the leading 70 competitors and ties qualify to play the final 18 holes on the third day.

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