Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Scotland’s leading mens amateur golfers will be aiming to add to last year’s European Amateur Team Championship success with a victory in the European Nations Championship which gets underway in Spain later this month (17 – 20 March).
Ross Kellett of Colville Park Golf Club is the only player named in the side announced today to feature from the six-man team who defeated England in the European Final at Conwy Golf Club in Wales last July, as the Scots look for their second title in the space of three years at the Copa Real Golf Club in Sotogrande.
Kellett is joined by reigning Scottish Men’s and Boys’ champion David Law (Hazlehead) , 2009 Leven Gold Medal winner Philip McLean (Peterhead) and former Scottish Boys champion James White (Lundin) with all four players making their debut in the tournament, formerly named the Sherry Cup.
McLean, who finished fourth in the 2009 SGU Order of Merit, is relishing lining up in the Championship:
“It’s a real honour to be selected for Scotland in this event and I hope we can build on the recent success our teams have enjoyed in the World and European Championships. We’re all new to this one, but we’ve had a good build up to the season in the States, Portugal and Spain and the boys are well prepared.”
“The Championship has a strong history and some great players have taken part over the years, including Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia, as well as Ross Fisher and Richie Ramsay of late. It would be great to follow in their footsteps and doing well would be a good boost for the season ahead.” added the 22-year-old.
Scotland finished eleventh in last year’s tournament having won the title the previous year with a side that featured Callum Macaulay, Wallace Booth, Keir McNicoll and Scott Henry. The best three scores each day contribute to the team score, whilst the event also features an individual championship. European Tour players Richie Ramsay and Andrew McArthur finished joint runners-up in the individual event back in 2005.
The English Golf Union will defend the European Nations Championship with a team which includes Walker Cup players Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Haines and Chris Paisley.
The Scotland Mens Amateur Golf Team is sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and TaylorMade-adidas Golf.
SGU Media Release