Corhampton’s Scott Gregory has been rewarded for reaching this summer’s English Amateur Championship final with a call up into the England A squad for 2015.
The 20-year-old from Waterlooville only broke into the Hampshire team at the start of this year but enjoyed a fabulous season.
He almost completed a remarkable victory at Saunton but eventually lost to Huddersfield’s Nick Marsh after a gutsy display in the 36-hole final.
Gregory helped Hampshire reach the Daily Telegraph South East Group League final against Essex in October but a week later he helped Hampshire Colts gain revenge in the under-21s league final at Hendon GC.
He also finished seventh in the England Golf Order of Merit ahead of 12 members of next year’s full England squad.
Gregory follows club-mate Neil Raymond into the England Golf set-up and will be hoping to continue to follow in his footsteps with Walker Cup selection.
Meon Valley Golf & Country Club’s Harry Ellis, who has just started his first full season on a golf scholarship at Florida State Universty, is one of five American-based members of the full England Squad.
In 2012, Ellis broke Nick Faldo’s record to become the youngest ever winner of the English Amateur Championship at just 16, when the final was held at Silloth-on-Solway.
He was first capped at under-16 level in 2011 and played in the men’s Home Intenationals in 2012 after his win in Cumbria.
Last year, Ellis was a member of England’s team at the European Boys Championship and also played in the Boys Home Internationals.
Other Hampshire players who have featured in the full England squad in the past five years include Lee-on-the-Solent’s Sam Hutsby and Rowlands Castle’s Darren Wright.
Gregory will now attend training sessions at the England Golf HQ at Woodhall Spa before the start of the next domestic season and will be competing for selection in a number of European amateur championships early in 2015.
– ANDREW GRIFFIN