GOLF: Woodhall Spa star Spooner on England duty

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Woodhall Spa Golf Club’s Billy Spooner is in action for Englandin the Nations Cup event during this weekend’s Fairhaven Trophy.

The 17-year-old - one of the country’s top prospects - is hoping to hit top form and follow in the footsteps of the likes of club mates Nathan Kimsey and India Clyburn who have enjoyed success at national level.

England Golf is entering four teams in the event, played over the first two rounds of the 72-hole junior championship at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire, which finishes on Sunday.

The teams are:

Team One

Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) helped England win the 2014 women’s and girls’ Home Internationals. She has just won the Scottish U16 girls’ open stroke play and The Leveret.

George Gardner, 18, (Castle Royle) won the individual title at last year’s Canadian International Junior Challenge and also led England to team victory.

Toby Briggs, 15, (Dunston Hall) helped England to a clean sweep in last year’s U16 internationals against the other home countries.

Team Two

Rhys Nevin-Wharton, 17, (Sandiway) was the runner-up in last year’s Daily Telegraph Junior championship.

Max Martin, 17, (Ladbrook Park) represented Warwickshire at last year’s men’s County Finals and was third boy at the 2014 Fairhaven Trophies.

Emma Allen, 18, (Meon Valley) helped England win the 2014 Girls’ Home Internationals and Hampshire to become women’s County Final champions.

Team Three

Oliver Clarke, 16, (Hillside) was in England’s winning team at the Canadian International Junior Challenge and was third in the English U16 boys’ championship for the MacGregor Trophy.

Billy Spooner, 17, (Woodhall Spa) first represented England in 2012 and contributed to last year’s successful U16 campaign against the other home nations.

Eloise Healey, 17, (West Lancashire) was fourth in the recent Delamere Comboy Scratch and shared 10th place at last weekend’s Helen Holm Scottish stroke play

Team Four

Charlie Strickland, 15 (Ham Manor) was fifth in this season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy and sixth in the 2014 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

Jake Benson, 15, (Beeston Fields), contributed to England’s clean sweep in last year’s U16 internationals against the other home countries.

Lizzie Prior, 17, (Burhill) was in England’s winning team at last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals, after finishing third in the English girls’ championship.