THE brightest young stars in four counties will be battling for golfing honours in Lancashire next week.
The Red Rose county is hosting a tournament that has been graced by players such as Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and Sandy Lyle when they were up and coming teenagers.
The Four Counties Junior Tournament takes place at Lancaster Golf Club from April 9-11 – and Lancashire will be bidding for a place in the record books.
Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, and Shropshire and Herefordshire are the teams standing in their way in the annual competition, being staged for the 47th time.
Lancashire have lifted the title five times in the last six years – a repeat success this time round will take them past Cheshire as the most successful county in the event’s history. The neighbours are locked together on 15 wins ahead of the 2019 tournament.
The home team have a strong line-up again, with five players playing off better than scratch, though Cheshire will be hoping to mount a serious challenge with Jack though Hibbert’s plus 3 handicap being the lowest of the players involved.
The Lancashire team is: Louis Talarczyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes); John Wilding (Heysham); Jamie Van Wyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes); Josh Fallows (Royal Birkdale); George Holland (Southport & Ainsdale); Oliver Duck (Southport & Ainsdale); Jack McPhail (Huyton & Prescot); Grady Rogerson (Royal Lytham & St Annes).
Lancashire president Norman Fletcher said: “This event provides an opportunity for the emerging talent within our four counties to showcase their ability on a first-class championship course.”
Lancaster captain Howard Dodgson said: “The Four Counties tournament has become, over the years, a very prestigious event in the golfing calendar, producing a number of players who have progressed to do wonderful things at a high level in the world of golf.
“We are rightly proud of our course and believe it to rank highly with the best in the UK.”
Spectators are welcome at the course, which can be found at Ashton Hall, with match days being Wednesday and Thursday (April 10/11).
CAPTION: Lancashire are the defending champions at next week’s Four Counties Junior Tournament, having triumphed last year for the third successive time