England calling for two Worthing golfers

Marco Penge
Marco Penge

TWO Worthing Golf Club members are hoping to shoot their way to international success later this month after being selected for England.

Toby Tree, 19, has been picked for a six-strong team to contest the European Men’s Team Championships at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club in Jutland, Denmark, while 15-year-old Marco Penge will be in action in the European Boys’ Team Championship at Murcar Links, in Scotland.

The duo are both hoping to bring home silverware from the five-day competitions, which are set to start on Tuesday. Tree was part of the England team that won the top prize at the European Nations Cup at Real Club de, in Spain’s Sotogrande, in March and he is hoping to add a second England title to this year’s collection.

He has been capped at under-16, under-18 and men’s level and said: “Obviously, it’s good we won in Spain early in March, so it’s good to get selected again and we’ll try to get the double.

“I have played in a few England teams and have five caps now. The feeling is hard to explain, really, you just want to compete and get the best finish you can. You just try to perform and get the best finish possible for the team.”

Tree is in good company in the team as all six of the team are close friends and know each other well, although the unknown territory will be the course. He added: “Last year I played in Sweden but I have never been to Denmark before, so we’ll get there and have a few practice rounds.”

Joining Tree in Denmark are fellow Nations Cup winning team-mates Nathan Kimsey, Garric Porteous and Max Orrin, as well as Neil Raymond and Callum Shinkwin as they bid to regain the Euro title lost in 2011.

The first two days of the championships is devoted to stroke play qualifying, before matchplay knockout over the final three days.

Penge, who played for England under-16s last year, currently leads the under-18 boys’ order of merit event after winning the Fairhaven Trophy and finishing tied in the individual standings in the south east boys’ qualifying.

He has also won the South Region Schools Championship and was beaten in a three-hole play-off for the Irish Boys’ Open Championship last weekend, but did win the under-16 title.

The three-handicapper said: “It’s always good to play for your country and we’ll go into it looking to win.

“I played for England against Scotland and Spain last year and have also played in the Nations Cup team.”

He will be joined in the team by Adam Chapman, Harry Ellis, Jack Singh and Ashton Turner, and will be looking to bring home the title which England last won in Finland in 2004.

Looking ahead to the future, Penge has goals to get in the European junior Ryder Cup team next year and the Walker Cup team in 2015, before turning professional.