Carson, who will defend the boys Under 16 Championship next week at High Post in Wiltshire, won the McGregor Trophy a year ago at Southport & Ainsdale when he finished five strokes ahead of the field after the championship had been cut to 54 holes because of high winds and driving rain.

The 16 year old Long Ashton player has enjoyed a successful run in the past 12 months, finishing runner-up in the Douglas Johns Trophy and the South West Boys Championship last year. He was also capped at under 16 level against Scotland. This year, Carson has won the Gloucestershire Junior Championship, finished runner-up in the Gloucestershire Under 16 Championship, fourth in the Fairhaven Trophy and fifth in the Gloucestershire County Championship.

Sharpe (pictured – photo courtesy of Tom Ward), 15, had an amazing 2006 when aged just 13. That year he won the English Under 16 title, the Under 14 championship for the Reid Trophy and the Under 15 title, the Douglas Johns Trophy and made his international debut in the under 16 match with Scotland.

Last year, he represented England in the European Boys Team Championships in Denmark and the Boys Home Internationals before crossing the Atlantic to study at an American college where he won several events. He flew the flag for the EGU in last year’s European Young Masters in France, finishing fourth.

The European Young Masters includes a girls competition with a Nations Cup covering both, three of the four cards each day to count.