Four teenagers have been included in the England Squad, formerly the Elite Squad, in the English Golf Union’s (EGU’s) review of its various squads for 2009.
The teenagers are Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Haines, Sam Hutsby and Eddie Pepperell while English Champion Todd Adcock also earns a place along with multiple winner Luke Goddard and Andrew Sullivan, an Amateur Championship semi-finalist.
The full 15-strong England Squad is: Jamie Abbott, Todd Adcock, Tommy Fleetwood, Charlie Ford, Luke Goddard, Matt Haines, Sam Hutsby, Farren Keenan, Jason Palmer, Eddie Pepperell, Andrew Sullivan, Steve Uzzell and Dale Whitnell. Also included are Chris Paisley and Tom Sherreard, currently at college in the United States.
The squad includes all members of the team from this year’s Home Internationals that took place at Muirfield, Scotland along with several players who have stepped up from this year’s ‘A’ Squad.
Abbott, from Suffolk, made his full England debut in the Home Internationals while Sussex-based Adcock was a surprise winner of the English Amateur at Woodhall Spa in July, beating several England caps in the process.
Lancashire’s Fleetwood, the England Boys’ Home Internationals Captain, also made his full debut in Scotland then became England County Champion, while Ford, from Leicestershire, who earned his first cap in last year’s Home Internationals made the full squad having graduated from the University of Tennessee.
Goddard, from Middlesex, who has had nine top-ten finishes this season and finished third in the PING/EGU Order of Merit, also earned his first cap at Muirfield. Goddard was in Australia this month as part of England’s team chosen for the World Amateur Team Championship, the Eisenhower Trophy. As was Hampshire-based Hutsby, an England regular since making his debut in last year’s Home Internationals, he also represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy.
Haines, from Kent, secured his first international cap against France in May before going on to win the Lytham Trophy.
Keenan, from Surrey, is another US college graduate who won the Berkshire Trophy before debuting in last month’s Home Internationals, while Palmer, another Leicestershire player, is the Midland Open Amateur Champion and a graduate of Birmingham University.
BB&O’s Pepperell also made his full England debut at Muirfield last month having been an under 16 and boy cap and represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Sullivan, from Warwickshire, winner of the Berkhamsted Trophy last April also reached the last four of the Amateur Championship and was a member of the Under 21 Squad in 2006.
Brabazon Trophy winner Uzzell, from Yorkshire, also won the Russian Amateur, while Essex-based Whitnell, who debuted in last year’s Home Internationals, is another multiple winner this year, his successes include the Lagonda and Tillman Trophies and the North of England Youths Championship. He was the third member of the Eisenhower team
Northumberland’s Paisley, beaten by Adcock for the English title, is attending the University of Tennessee but his other successes this year include victory in the Czech Amateur and second places in the South of England Stroke Play and the Tillman Trophy.
Sherreard, from Kent, who is at Georgia State University, was a semi-finalist in the English Amateur also made his debut in the Home Internationals at Muirfield and is another who has stepped up from the ‘A’ Squad. He finished a very credible T19 at this year’s Open at Royal Birkdale.
The full England squad is:
Jamie Abbott (Fynn Valley)
Todd Adcock (The Nevill)
Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall)
Charlie Ford (Kirby Muxloe)
Luke Goddard (Hendon)
Matt Haines (Rochester & Cobham)
Sam Hutsby (Liphook)
Farren Keenan (Sunningdale)
Jason Palmer (Kirby Muxloe)
Eddie Pepperell (Drayton Park)
Andrew Sullivan (Nuneaton)
Steve Uzzell (Hornsea)
Dale Whitnell (Five Lakes)
Players base overseas:
Chris Paisley (Stocksfield)
Tom Sherreard (Chart Hills)
Bob Meston – England Squad Manager
David Ridley – Lead Coach