Trevose G&CC and Cornwall Junior George Leigh (above), already celebrating an excellent 2018 season, has reaped further reward after being named in the England Golf National Boys’ squad.
There were already eight established members of the squad and Leigh along with Dubai-based Josh Hill, Habebul Islam of Suffolk, and Ben Schmidt of Yorkshire have been selected to join what is a very cosmopolitan number.
All four newcomers have been on great form this season with Hill and Islam playing in the England team which won the Boys’ Home Internationals. Schmidt and Leigh both represented England in the Italian U16 championship, where Schmidt finished runner-up and Hill, Leigh and Schmidt helped England beat Ireland in the recent mixed U16 international. This year Leigh won the SW Boys Amateur Championship, played in the Cornwall team which reached the Boys Nation Finals and won the Duchy's Junior Championship.
Cornwall continues to be very proud of George. Well done young man!
The full squad is:
Barclay Brown, 17, (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) beat an international field to win the English U18 boys’ open for the Carris Trophy. He captained GB&I to victory in the Jacques Leglise Trophy against continental Europe.
Enrique Dimayuga, 17, (Walton Heath, Surrey) was a quarter finalist in the French boys’ and reached the matchplay stages of the Boys’ Amateur Championship.
Matthew Freeman, 17, (Notts, Nottinghamshire) was in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals and had a top ten finish in the Carris Trophy.
Conor Gough, 16, (Stoke Park, BB&O) had a stellar season, winning the Boys’ Amateur Championship, the U16 McGregor Trophy and the Fairhaven Trophies. He represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup.
Josh Hill, 14, (Jumeirah, Dubai) was 10th in the McGregor Trophy and a strong challenger in the U18 Carris Trophy. He reached the last 32 in the Boys’ Amateur.
Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) is an England and GB&I boy international who reached the last eight in the Boys’ Amateur Championship and was fourth in the Italian U16s.
Habebul Islam, 17, (Ipswich, Suffolk) has had consistently high finishes this season, with top tens in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Tillman and Waterford Trophies.
George Leigh, 16, (Trevose, Cornwall) was sixth in the McGregor Trophy and in England’s winning teams for the U16 internationals against Wales and Ireland.
Joe Pagdin, 16, (Lake Nona, Florida) was a semi-finalist in the Boys’ Amateur, represented Team GB in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, England in the Boys’ Home Internationals and GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
Ben Pierleoni, 16, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) was in England’s successful U16 teams against Wales and Ireland. He was joint runner-up in the Berkhamsted Trophy and fourth in the North of England boys’ championship.
Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) is the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions and the winner of the Lee Westwood Trophy. He was runner-up in both the McGregor Trophy and the Italian U16s.
Robin Williams, 17, (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire) played for Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup, sank the winning putt for GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and was in England’s successful team at the Boys’ Home Internationals.