Sawford and Ellis hope to inspire Colts

Harry Ellis in action. Picture: Tom Ward
Harry Ellis in action. Picture: Tom Ward
Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin

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Hampshire Colts won’t need to look far for motivation when they line up in the County League final on Sunday.

Manager Steve Williams will send his young guns into battle at Royal Blackheath, Kent, knowing his team won’t be short of inspiration after their senior counterparts triumphed in their final last weekend.

A 7.5-4.5 win against Essex at Ashford Manor ensured the first team were crowned south eastern group county champions for 2012.

And that has provided the perfect incentive for Hampshire’s rising stars.

Not that Meon Valley’s Harry Ellis and Mark Sawford (Rowlands Castle) need extra help from their more-experienced playing partners.

They were part of the Hampshire team who triumphed in Middlesex last Sunday, with both picking up valuable points in the singles.

Sawford comfortably won his contest with Ross Dee 6&4.

Sixteen-year-old English amateur champion Ellis, meanwhile, showed his class with a 7&6 win against Adam Morris in the first match of the afternoon.

That followed a 2&1 victory alongside Ryan Henley in the morning foursomes, making him the one to look out for as Hampshire and Essex go head-to-head for the second time in the space of a week.

Sawford and Ellis will be joined by two other members of that triumphant team.

Billy McKenzie (Rowlands Castle) and Scott Gregory (Corhampton and Waterlooville) are also in Williams’ side.

McKenzie and Gregory joined England international Ellis in helping Hampshire, Isle of Wight & the Channel Islands secure third place at the recent English Boys’ County Championships at Costswold Hills.

Meanwhile, Corhampton’s Neil Raymond was England’s top performer as they clinched eighth place in the Eisenhower Trophy in Turkey at the weekend.

Rounds of five under, par and one under at Antayla Golf Club exceeded that of his team-mates Garrick Porteous and Craig Hinton.

But it was not enough to ensure an English win as the USA took the trophy.