Tennessee golfers and England natives Charlie Ford and Chris Paisley have been named to the 2008 Elite Squad announced today in a release by the English Golf Union.
“We are thrilled for Charlie and Chris,” Kelson said. “This is certainly a tremendous honor for these two players. It is incredibly difficult to be named to the Elite Team in England. It means that you are a world class amateur golfer when the English team thinks enough of you to be named to this squad.”
Following the progression of several leading players to the professional tours, the English Golf Union (EGU) has reshaped its Elite Squad for 2008 with the promotion of nine members of last year’s A Squad. The 2008 list includes eight members of the victorious Home Internationals team and four players named as special cases due to commitments that prevents them from following the full Elite Squad program.
Ford recently won his first individual title in the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate in Hawaii where his 54-hole total of 200 was the lowest in school history. Back home, Ford, from Leicestershire, won the Midland Qualifying, was third in the Midland Open Amateur and tied fourth in the Tillman Trophy and also made his full England debut in the Home Internationals.
Paisley, from Northumberland, also earned his first victory when he won the individual title in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in Jonesborough, Tenn., shooting a course record 64 in the second round.
“It is very gratifying to see both Charlie and Chris earning the right to be a member of the Elite Team. Both of these young men have worked extremely hard to achieve their success in golf. We are delighted that they play collegiate golf here at the University of Tennessee. They have truly been model student athletes during their career here at Tennessee. They have indeed been a pleasure to coach. We wish them the very best as they represent their home country on the English Elite Team.”
The English Golf Union Limited (EGU) has served as the governing body of male amateur golf in England since it was founded in 1924. Responsible for the training of England’s top amateur golfers the EGU organizes all the major English amateur championships. Based at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, the EGU is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 740,000 club members. The EGU also works to increase the continued interest and participation in golf through their golf development initiative Get into Golf and their Associate Membership Program.
The EGU is a founding member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) along with the English Ladies Golf Association (ELGA) and the PGA and is supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. The Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how the EGP will achieve its vision of becoming the leading golf nation in the world by 2020 from grass roots right through to elite level.