With valuable points for the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit on offer at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, which takes place at Nizels GC in Kent from 22-24 June. There will be a field of 156 competitors – 126 Boys and 30 Girls who will play on a lengthened course of 6015 yards (5501 metres)
The Golfing Union of Ireland have selected a squad of six boys for the tournament. Of those selected, Elm Park’s Charlie Denvir is the highest placed on the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit.
Athenry’s Allan Hill, third in the Bridgestone series, has also been included in the GUI squad along with clubmate David Kitt, Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell), Tom McKibbin (Holywood) and Edward Walshe (Mallow). Hill, Kitt and Walshe are making their second appearance at the Henry Cooper having played last year’s tournament.
Hill made the cut in 2017 and finished in a share of 33rd place. Kitt and Maguire are currently inside the top five in the Bridgestone series. The top three players at the end of the Bridgestone series will secure their place on the Ireland team for this year’s Boys Home Internationals.
The Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters is played over four rounds of stroke play and the leading 40 players and ties will qualify for the last 36 holes on Sunday. Previous winners of the Henry Cooper include Holland’s Joost Luiten and England’s Tom Lewis. There has never been an Irish winner at the event although Gavin Moynihan came within one shot of a playoff in 2011, when he was narrowly edged out by Toby Tree from Worthing.
GUI Squad – Sir Henry Cooper Masters, Nizels GC, 22-24 June: Charlie Denvir (Elm Park), Allan Hill (Athenry), David Kitt (Athenry), Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell), Tom McKibbin (Holywood), Edward Walsh (Mallow).