A MORPETH golfer’s impressive form has earned him a call-up to the England men’s team for the European Amateur Strokeplay Championships in Sweden next month.
Directly after returning from The University of Tennessee, Garrick Porteous finished fourth in the strokeplay event at the British Amateur Championship.
The 21-year-old had to play Tom Lewis (recent winner of The Open’s silver medal) in the matchplay stage - but took him all the way to the 18th in a narrow defeat.
Due to his high world amateur ranking, Garrick had the privilege of being exempt from The Open regional qualifying at Goswick.
He went on to play in The Open local qualifier, where his sister Angharad caddied. She had recent local knowledge of Royal Cinque Ports as she had the honour of being captain of the Cambridge University Ladies’ golf team there in the Varsity match versus Oxford University in March.
After finishing 20th in the field, Garrick was approached by the England Golf Union for selection.
His good golf continued when he finished second in a world ranking national event – The Tillman Trophy at Hunstanton Golf Club.
The Bamburgh Castle Golf Club member was very consistent with his rounds of 72, 72, 69 and 71.
This raised his world amateur ranking to 127th.
After the European Championships, Garrick is flying directly back to the USA as for the first time he has been accepted into the US Amateur qualifying event in North Carolina.