Raymond and Ellis earn GB & Ireland selection

Neil Raymond - 2012 Brabazon Trophy winner
Neil Raymond - 2012 Brabazon Trophy winner
Harry Ellis. Picture: PA Images

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NEIL RAYMOND and Harry Ellis have earned call-ups for Great Britain & Ireland.

The duo will play in the upcoming St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophy matches respectively against the Continent of Europe.

Selection for the men’s squad is a big boost for Raymond, who is aiming to earn a place in the England side for the World Amateur Team Championship (Eisenhower Trophy) in Turkey in October.

Raymond will compete for GB & Ireland in the St Andrews Trophy on August 31 at Portmarnock Golf Club, County Dublin, Ireland.

And reigning England Amateur champion Ellis will tee off in the Jacques Leglise Trophy for boys on September 1.

Meanwhile, Raymond and Ellis played key roles as Hampshire defeated Kent 7.5 – 4.5 to win the Daily Telegraph South East League south division title last weekend.

Ellis teamed up with Ryan Henley to put the first point on the board for Hampshire, before stand-in captain Steve Williams saw his side go on to lead 3-1 after the morning’s play.

Rowlands Castle pair Tom Robson and Mark Sawford completed a two-hole win on the last, firing Hampshire into a commanding position going into the afternoon singles.

And it was Raymond who shot them to the brink of success.

The Brabazon Trophy winner recorded a 3&2 success, leaving only a half-point required.

And Hampshire got over the line to secure their first appearance in the South East Group League final since 2009 when Ellis beat Matt Hopkins 2&1.

Sawford then halved the bottom match to complete an impressive Hampshire display.

Raymond and Ellis had driven down from Glasgow, having played three gruelling days golf for England in the Home Internationals.

But they could not make it four Home Nations wins in a row as Scotland took the victory on points difference on the Ayrshire Gailes Links.