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US based Yorkshire players in England Golf squads

Four players from Yorkshire feature in England Golf’s men’s and women’s overseas squads for 2021.

Both groups comprise of players at college in America who remain committed to representing their country.

The four men and nine women selected by England Golf will have access to support and remote coaching sessions.

They will also be considered for England team events at home and abroad over the summer months.

Wakefield’s Dan Bradbury, Barclay Brown from Hallamshire and Sheffield born Joe Pagdin have been chosen to represent the men.

Charlotte Heath (pictured), from Huddersfield Golf Club, who is in the GB&I Curtis Cup squad to face the USA at Conwy golf Club, Wales at the end of August, is included in the women’s squad.

Stephen Burnett, men’s performance manager, said: “First and foremost, I’m delighted England Golf has made the decision to support players that have chosen to stay in education.

“The competitive environment the NCAA provides, often coupled with a climate conducive to year-round practice and play, makes US college golf an attractive option for aspiring international amateur players.

“The tournament wins to date of our US-based players, and the World Amateur Golf Rankings they have attained, speak for themselves.

“Our US-based players are destined to play their part in our England teams this year as we push on for further unparalleled success in the international amateur game.”

Jennifer Henderson, assistant women’s performance manager, added: “With many young female golfers from the England Golf talent pathway exploring the opportunity of US college scholarships, I’m delighted that we are once again able to support an overseas women’s squad.

“This exceptionally talented group of players has a strong history of successful performances.

“We’re excited to see what this season has in store for them.

“The national women’s programme features strong players based on both sides of the Atlantic and means our major women’s team selections are likely to be keenly contested.

“We very much have our sights set on securing consecutive Home International titles and challenging for a medal at the European Ladies’ Team Championship at Royal County Down.”

Two of the men’s squad have recently been named in the GB&I Walker Cup team for the match with the USA at Seminole Golf Club, Florida, in May – Brown and Angus Flanagan from St George’s Hill.

Brown attends Stanford University and in early April won his first college event at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

Bradbury is a student at Lincoln Memorial and has a prolific record in college events, having won eight times on his college’s circuit.

Pagdin, who new resides in Lake Nona, Florida, is a key member of the University of Florida’s golf team and the former England boys’ squad player is ranked inside the top 30 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Former Australian Women’s Amateur champion Heath has played a critical role in a successful season for the Florida State University women’s team – including victory in last month’s Pinetree Collegiate.