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MARLBOROUGH’S English boys champion Ben Amor will compete at a prestigious junior event in the United States next week.

Amor, who won the national U18s title in August, will join girls international Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) as they seek to add to England’s past successes at the Junior Orange Bowl at Biltmore Golf Club, Florida, starting next Friday (December 27).

Amor, 18 and the son of Marlborough club professional Simon, won the English boys title for the Carris Trophy after a three-way play-off at West Lancashire Golf Club in July.

He finished tied with on 286, two under par, with Italy’s Renato Paratore and Jamie Li, from Bath, but won with a par at the second extra hole.

He followed in the footsteps of US Open champion Justin Rose in 1995 and two-time major winner Sandy Lyle in 1975 in winning the event Amor, a member of the re-constituted England A squad, also finished third in the Welsh Open Youths Championship, fourth in the Canadian Junior Challenge and won all six of his games on his England debut in the Boys Home Internationals.

The prestigious Junior Orange Bowl is an U18 event and has separate boys and girls tournaments over 72 holes of strokeplay.

Two English boys have won the title. Ben Parker, now a professional, won over the Biltmore course in 2005 while Patrick Kelly triumphed by 13 strokes a year ago.

Stiggy Hodgson, who has also turned professional, finished runner-up in 2008.

Amor reached the matchplay stages at this week’s English Men’s Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath this summer.

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