Wath's Nick Poppleton and Lindrick's Bailey Gill will don England's colours in pursuit of Costa Bellena glory

Wath's Nick Poppleton (Picture: Chris Stratford).Wath's Nick Poppleton (Picture: Chris Stratford).
Wath's Nick Poppleton (Picture: Chris Stratford).
WATH'S Nick Poppleton and Lindrick's Bailey Gill have been selected to represent England in the 2017 Costa Bellena Tournament in Spain next month.

They will form part of a six-man team at Costa Ballena from January 23-26 in a contest that has been extended from its previous quadrangular format to become an octagonal match.

The other competing countries will be Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Holland and Spain

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Their team-mates will be George Bloor (Cavendish), who played for England in this year’s Costa Ballena Tournament; Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County), who succeeded Fulford’s Charlie Thornton as winner of the England Golf boys’ order of merit; Josh McMahon (Wallasey), runner-up in the Portuguese amateur and the Duncan Putter, and Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge), who won the Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria last July, beating Gill by a shot.

Lindrick's Bailey Gill.Lindrick's Bailey Gill.
Lindrick's Bailey Gill.

Gill, a former Welsh Youths champion, won the prestigious Bernard Darwin Salver at Rye this year.

Poppleton reached the semi-finals as he attempted to claim a fourth Yorkshire win in a row in the English men’s amateur, bowing out as the victim of an unfortunate ruling over a training club in his bag.