Penge named in Great Britain and Ireland squad for St Andrews Trophy match

Marco Penge in action in the Sunnindale Foursomes. Picture by Kevin Diss

Marco Penge in action in the Sunnindale Foursomes. Picture by Kevin Diss

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Horsham’s Marco Penge has been named in a preliminary 18-man Great Britain and Ireland squad for the St Andrews Trophy match at Prince’s Golf Club in July.

The trophy has been played alternately on British/Irish and mainland European courses since 1956.

GB&I has won on 25 occasions and the Continent of Europe have taken the title five times, including the 2010 and 2012 matches.

Penge, 17, will be aiming for a place in the nine-man team under captain Craig Watson against the Continent of Europe in the biennial match for the first time.

GB&I will be bidding to retain the trophy at the Kent-based club on Wednesday 20 and Thursday, July 21, following their 14-10 victory at Barsebäck in 2014, their first win in the match since 2008.

Watson takes over from Welshman Nigel Edwards, who captained the team on three occasions.

He said: “I’m very much looking forward to the match and want to build on the success that Nigel and the team enjoyed two years ago in Sweden.

“We have a strong group of players to call upon again this year and there is a good mixture of experience and youth in the squad. We know we will be in for a tough match at Prince’s so we have to pick the best team we can and the players will be working hard throughout this season to impress the selectors.”

Golf at Goodwood’s Penge has already clinched glory in the Sunningdale Foursomes this year off the back of three big wins in 2015.

Those were the Peter McEvoy Trophy, where he won by equalling the best score in the tournament’s history, the Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. He also played in the 2013 and 2015 GB&I Jacques Leglise Trophy teams.

Four members of the squad, Jack Hume, Grant Forrest, Jack McDonald and Ewen Ferguson, appeared in GB&I’s record 16½-9½ win over the USA in the 45th Walker Cup Match at Royal Lytham & St Annes last September.

The three Scots were also part of the winning team at the 2015 European Amateur Team Championships alongside Greig Marchbank and Connor Syme.

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