More England recognition for teenage golfer Josh Berry

Doncaster’s Josh Berry has continued his rise up the golfing ladder by being named in the England Boys squad for 2020/21.

By Paul Goodwin
Saturday, 10th October 2020, 11:08 am
Joshua Berry. Photo: Leaderboard Photography
Joshua Berry. Photo: Leaderboard Photography

The 15-year-old, from Kirk Bramwith, steps up after previously representing England at under-16 level in matches against Ireland and Switzerland.

Berry, who plays at Doncaster Golf Club, joins Derbyshire’s Henry Hayward, Will Horne and Harley Smith from Essex, Cheshire’s Frank Kennedy, Bedfordshire’s Ben Loveard, Jack Bigham from Hertfordshire and Dubai-based Josh Hill in England’s new-look squad.

The call-up is the latest in a long line of impressive accomplishments by the Campsmount Academy student.

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Berry has won the Adidas Wee Wonders British Championships twice – aged just ten on the first occasion.

He has played in Junior World Championships in North Carolina and San Diego and won multiple European titles.

A stand-out victory came in 2018 when Berry won the prestigious Junior European Open in Spain against boys three or fours years his senior. He then became English Schools national champion last year.

Berry and his England teammates will gather for regular coaching sessions at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa over the winter.

England Golf’s men’s performance manager Stephen Burnett said: “It’s an exciting time for golf in England and that’s reflected in the new young talents we have coming through into our boys’ squad.

“There is a great balance in this group with Jack and Josh already aware of what is required of squad members at this level. For the others, we are confident that they not only have the ability, but also the temperament to flourish in our England set-up.

“It’s a young group, but a very talented one who have the chance to carve out an exciting future in the game.

“The boys will be given every opportunity to fulfil their potential with expert technical coaching, strength and conditioning training and assistance in dealing with the psychological aspects of elite amateur sport.

“Hopefully, the boys will get the chance to do their country proud in 2021 after what has been a difficult and disrupted 2020 season for everyone involved in the performance programme.”