ENGLAND have named their teams for both the European Senior Men’s Team Championship, in Denmark, and the Senior Men’s Home Internationals which England host in Northumberland, next month.
Surrey’s Ian Attoe (pictured) and Rupert Kellock, Yorkshire’s Richard Norton and Rich Jones, Lincolnshire’s Paul Wharton, and Hampshire’s Alan Mew will represent their country at the European Senior Men’s Team Championship, at Rungsted GC, from September 3-7.
Attoe and Kellock both return, having been part of the English team that finished fourth behind winners Germany 12 months ago at Austria’s Diamond Country Club.
The last time England lifted the trophy was on home soil at Fairhaven GC back in 2010 – having also won the previous year at Ascona Golf Club, in Switzerland.
The same six players have also been named in the English team for the Men’s Home Internationals, at Alnmouth GC, from September 17-19, where they will be joined by Buckinghamshire’s Tim Whittaker.
Kellock, Attoe, Jones and Norton were all part of the English team that finished second on points behind Scotland last year at Southerness.
England won the trophy in both 2016 and 2017.
The Senior Men’s Home Internationals is an annual round-robin competition between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
It is held in each of the four countries in turn with each individual match being decided by the results from three foursomes and six singles.
The European Senior Men’s Team Championship starts with two rounds of strokeplay to decide the seeds for the matchplay knockout. Each match is decided by the results from one foursome and four singles.
Meet The Players
Ian Attoe (Worplesdon) – had a tremendous season winning the English Senior’s Amateur Championship, finishing second in the Scottish Seniors Open and third in the East of England Seniors. Ian was also fourth in the West of England Seniors.
Richard Norton (Beverley & East Riding) – amassed a trio of victories this season at the East of England Seniors, the West of England Seniors and the North Group Seniors. Richard was also second behind Attoe at the English Senior Men’s Open Amateur Championship and tied second at the Frank Stableford Trophy.
Paul Wharton (Woodhall Spa) –beat Rich Jones in a play-off to win the Welsh Seniors Open in Wrexham. He was also tied-second in the Midland Group Seniors.
Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale) – was third in the West of England Seniors, tied-fifth in the Frank Stableford Trophy and tied-fifth at the Scottish Seniors Open. Rupert was also tied-seventh at the Senior Amateur Championship at North Berwick.
Alan Mew (Stoneham)– Mew’s completed a wire-to-wire victory over Wales’ Nigel Evans at the Irish Open Seniors Championship, at Bevoir Park. The three-time English Mid-Amateur Champion in the 1990s was also tied-fourth at the South East Group Seniors.
Rich Jones (Rotherham) – lost in a play-off to Wharton in the Welsh Senior Open and also finished tied-fourth in the English Senior Men’s Open and in a share of fifth place at the Frank Stableford Trophy.
Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield) – was second at the East of England Seniors and tied second at both the Frank Stableford Trophy and the Bill Shankland Trophy. Tim was also third at the English Senior Men’s Open Championship.