Published: 05:00, 12 November 2021
Two golfers from Kent have been named in the England men’s squad for the 2022 season.
Mason Essam (Dartford GC) and Ben Quinney (North Foreland GC) have earned international recognition on the back of impressive performances this year.
Key team events for 2022 include the European Amateur Team Championship at Royal St George’s Golf Club in July followed in August by The R&A Home Internationals and the World Amateur Team Championship at Le Golf National/Golf de Saint-Nom-Le-Breteche.
Essam said: “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to make the England squad.
"I’ve known the boys for a while and great to be a part of the team now and look forward to some exciting times for English amateur golf.
“I’m in as a rookie, but I hope to develop my skills, get to play with some great players, meet great coaches and travel to new courses where I can hopefully help England pick up some silverware.”
Quinney was pleasantly surprised to get the call from team manager Gareth Jenkins.
He said: “I was aware of interest in my play during the season, but it wasn’t something that I thought I’d achieve.
“It’s amazing to be able to represent your country and a real honour.”
Essam and Quinney are part of a 12-man England squad which features a blend of emerging talent and players with international experience.
Stephen Burnett, performance manager for men’s golf, said: “Next summer looks very bright for elite men’s amateur golf, culminating in three tournaments in July and August.
“England will be looking to challenge on all three fronts – the European Team Championships, Home Internationals and Eisenhower Trophy (World Amateur Team Championships).
“We have a very talented group of UK and US-based players raring to go, all working hard to improve over the winter coaching programme under the coaching team of Graham Walker, Paul Ashwell and Gareth Jenkins.
“A squad pick at this stage far from guarantees a competitive selection.
"Competition for England team places will be tough both inside the squad and from those pushing to be noticed from the wider talent pool we have across the country.
“It promises to be a very exciting year!”