Meon Valley pair in title quest

Harry Ellis
Harry Ellis
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Two Meon Valley starlets will be going for amateur honours in the coming days.

Harry Ellis will be gunning to reclaim the title he won two years ago to become the youngest ever English Amateur champion, when he ousted Sir Nick Faldo from the record books.

Then, at just 16 years old, Ellis triumphed at Silloth-on-Solway and will be bidding to regain his crown at Saunton, starting on Monday.

Ellis – who is now 18 – is the only man in the field to have claimed the title.

Meanwhile, his club-mate Mason Banger will be competing for the Carris Trophy this week – the coveted under-18 amateur strokeplay title.

Banger is one of those expected to be in the hunt after finishing as runner-up at the South East Boys Championships at the same Moor Park venue last week.

He shot 73, 71 to take second spot.

Banger said: ‘I will take a second-place finish. It has given me confidence for the Carris. I am always learning and improving.’

And it’s not just the Meon Valley duo on a title quest.

Corhampton’s Scott Gregory, Billy Mckenzie (Rowlands Castle), Toby Tree (Goodwood) and Hayling pair Jamie Mist and Ben Wall will also be in the field and looking to make it through qualifying.

The Championship starts at 7am on Monday, July 28 and culminates with the 36-hole final on Saturday, August 2.