Jamie’s a fair way to the top after national selection

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Former Hartpury College student Jamie Dick’s recent rise up the golfing ranks has continued with a call-up to the England A golf squad.

The 18-year-old has produced a string of extremely impressive performances on the international stage throughout the 2014 season and his form has seen him called up to the men’s team, just seven months after making his debut for the national boys’ squad.

In July, the Forest Hills Golf Club member was a part of the England squad that finished fourth in the European Team Championships in Norway and then went on to finish in fourth place in the Carris Trophy – the English Boys Under-18s Open.

The rising star was then selected for the Under-18s Great Britain and Ireland squad for the prestigious Jacques Leglise Trophy - an annual amateur boys' team golf competition between Great Britain and Ireland and the Continent of Europe - where he helped to secure a 12½ - 11½ win.

Jamie then helped to secure another team title, this time with England at the Canadian International Junior Challenge at Wildfire Golf Club, Ontario, also finishing in sixth position in the individual event.

He found further success individually when finishing in third place at the Nick Faldo Grand Series Final at The Greenbrier, West Virginia at the end of October. World number one Rory McIlroy is just one of the few big names who have also found success in past Faldo Series tournaments.

The youngster’s form eventually caught the eye of the national selectors, prompting them to name him in their ‘A’ side, and he has recently spent time in Portugal at the Quinta do Lago golf resort for warm-weather training with the rest of the team.

Named in a six-strong squad for the Costa Ballena International Quadrangular Tournament in Spain, he unfortunately had to withdraw due to injury.

Now the former Hartpury golfer will look to defend his title at the Darwin Salver at Rye Golf Club, East Sussex in March. After romping to a seven-shot victory last year, he will be hopeful of being named champion again to crown off a fantastic year.

Richard King, Hartpury golf programme manager, said: “It has been a fantastic year for Jamie - he keeps going from strength to strength. To consistently perform well over such a long stretch of time is extremely difficult in golf, so it is great to see him receive deserved recognition for his form with senior England selection at such a young age. I’m confident that he will continue to progress and take his game to the next level.”

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