Raymond sets sights on world amateur team glory

Neil Raymond
Neil Raymond
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Neil Raymond will be back on England duty next week as part of the team bidding for world amateur team golf glory.

The Corhampton amateur – who successfully retained the Brabazon Trophy earlier this year – joins Craig Hinton, from The Oxfordshire, and Garrick Porteous, from Bamburgh Castle, out at the Antalya Club in Turkey for the prestigious Eisenhower Trophy.

Raymond will fly out later this week in readiness for the four-day championship, which starts next Thursday.

And the Hampshire star admits that the tournament is an exciting end to an impressive year for the 26-year-old.

Raymond said: ‘The Eisenhower Trophy is something I have been striving towards for a long time.

‘The St Andrews Trophy and the Eisenhower Trophy have been the two events I have been working towards all year and have been on my calendar.

‘Playing in it will be an amazing end to the year.

‘We haven’t won the tournament in a very long time. In fact, England have never won it, so we will try to change that this year.

‘But it’s a huge event. It’s an honour to be a part of it and we’re all looking forward to the challenge.

‘You want to play against the best players in the world.’

The tournament has been running since 1958 and Great Britain & Ireland competed as a combined nation up until 2000, last winning the event in 1998.

But while Scotland triumphed in 2008, England have never lifted the trophy since the home nations competed separately.

The biennial competition has attracted some huge names in amateur golf down the years who have gone on to superstardom.

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald are among a glittering list of previous winners, while USA PGA star Rickie Fowler picked up the individual prize just four years ago.