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SIX NEWCOMERS TO FACE SCOTS IN UNDER-16 INTERNATIONAL

 

England have named six players new to international golf for the annual Under-16 clash with Scotland at Brancepeth Castle, County Durham, on Sunday 8th October.

Farren Keenan, Paul Jones, Robert McGregor, Peter Richardson, James Ruth and Lee Shepherd will be making their international debuts in the 10-strong England squad that will be defending the unbeaten record in their contest. The rest of the line-up will be Eren Behcet, Simon Bell, Jamie Moul and Michael Skelton.

Behcet, Bell and Skelton played in last yearís match at Drumoig while Behcet, Moul and Skelton were members of the England team for this yearís Boys Home Internationals in Portmarnock.

Behcet, 16, from Kent, also played against Italy Under-16s at Woodbury Park, Devon in June, then finished third in the English Boys under-16 Strokeplay Championship for the McGregor Trophy at the same venue.

Moul, from Suffolk, who will turn 16 on 26 September, made his international debut in the Boys Home International, having finished fourth in the Carris Trophy.

Skelton, 16, is the current English under-16 champion having won the McGregor Trophy at Woodbury Park in June. From Yorkshire, is arguably the most experienced of the squad. He finished runner-up in the British Boys Championship at Royal St Davidís in 1999, has also played against Scotland and Italy at under 16 level and, with Behcet, represented England in the European Young Masters in Turin in July.

Of the newcomers, Keenan, 15, was a member of the Surrey side that won the Boys County Finals at East Devon earlier this month, while Ruth finished third in the McGregor Trophy. He is the 15-year-old son of Tavistock Golf Club secretary and former Devon county player Graham Ruth.

Jones, 16, won the South of England Boys Championship with four sub-70 rounds. MacGregor, 16, was fourth in the same event, while Shepherd, 16, reached the third round of the British Boys Champion after two extra hole victories. Richardson, 16, won the Northern Order of Merit in the Faldo Series.

The full England team is: Eren Behcet (Langley Park), Simon Bell (Northcliffe), Paul Jones (Seaford), Farren Keenan (Royal Mid-Surrey), Robert MacGregor (Perranporth), Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland), Peter Richardson (Eden), James Ruth (Tavistock), Lee Shepherd (Cleckheaton & District), Michael Skelton (Hunley Hall), Reserves: Jack Budgen (East Sussex National), Tim Dainty (Stoke by Nayland).

 
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