Gregory retains England squad place for new season

Scott Gregory Picture: Andrew Griffin
Scott Gregory Picture: Andrew Griffin
Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin

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Scott Gregory looks set for more international recognition after he was named in the England A squad for the new season.

The 21-year-old from Waterlooville recovered from a slow start to the campaign with a run to the quarter-finals of the English Amateur Championship and then followed that with fourth place at the European Amateur.

His late-season surge also saw him picked to represent his country at the Spirit International in Texas last month.

Even though he was in the A squad, his patchy early form meant he was overlooked for selection for much of last season by the England selectors.

And he has previously admitted that his England status affected his approach.

Gregory said: ‘Having that England status, I put too much pressure on myself in those first few events, rather than easing my way into the season.

‘I was playing each round as if I had to go out and shoot six-under every time to prove myself.

‘I got to a point where I just went back to trusting everything I was doing and didn’t let other things get in the way.

‘That definitely helped my game.

‘But I know I need to start next season a bit quicker.’

Gregory is currently out with the rest of the squad in Portugal at Quinta do Lago for warm weather training.

And the Corhampton amateur could yet be gearing up for his final season in the unpaid ranks as he plots his path into the professional game.

He said: ‘At the moment I am looking to go to Qualifying School next year to turn professional.

‘As long as I have got the funding, I will give it a go.

‘So I am saving up what I can and working hard on my game.’

With a host of the squad turning pro this year after the recent Walker Cup, there are seven newcomers to the ranks.

And Gregory has been joined by Golf at Goodwood’s Marco Penge, who picked up some impressive results over the season.

Meanwhile, Emma Allen of Meon Valley has also been named in the women’s England squad.