Nathan Kimsey (Lincoln college) will aim to secure a belated Christmas present when he represents the EGU in the annual Junior Orange Bowl at Biltmore Golf Club in Florida on 27th – 30th December.
The 18 year old has enjoyed a successful 2011 season, finishing fourth on the EGU Boys Order of Merit.
He won the McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath in April then, after finishing joint fourth in the English Boys Championship for the Carris Trophy, he was presented with the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate over the two events.
Having become an international last year, he was a member of this year’s England teams for the European Boys Team Championships and the Boys Home Internationals, while he also represented GB&I against the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
Having come to prominence nationally in 2010 when he won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters in a three-way playoff, Kimsey was a member of the England under 18 squad last winter but has been promoted to the England ‘A’ squad for this winter and 2012.
Kimsey (picture © Tom Ward) has already enjoyed a successful trip to the United States when representing the EGU. Earlier this year he finished tied fifth in the Junior International at Sage Valley in Georgia.
The prestigious Junior Orange Bowl is an under 18 event and has separate boys and girls tournaments over 72 holes of stroke play.
Only one English player, Ben Parker, now a professional, has carried off the title over the same course in 2005. Three years later Stiggy Hodgson, who has also joined the paid ranks, finished runner-up but no other English player has emerged victorious.