Adams receives his international call up by England
SOMERSET'S leading golfer Craig Adams has been called up for England for the first time and will make his international debut in two tournaments in France next month.
He will feature in a six-man team to play in the Chiberta Grand Prix from 5-8 July and in the Biarritz Cup the following week in South West France.
As a result the 32-year-old ink technician, from Peasedown St John, is reconsidering his plans to turn professional at the end of the season.
The Farrington Golf Club member said: "This is the biggest thing that has happened to me and was completely unexpected. I am now thinking of putting my professional plans on hold if I can break into the England set-up on a permanent basis.
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"The next step is to be picked for the Home Internationals but even if that does not happen I might be selected for one of the England squads for next year. In that case I will remain an amateur because the rewards as an England squad player are enormous."
Adams, who plays off a handicap of plus three – it was plus-four for a month earlier this season – has been a member of the Somerset county scene for seven years and has been playing in national events this year.
He won the Easter Challenge at Saunton, finished third in the Duncan Putter at Southerndown, and also competed in the Lytham and St Andrews Links Trophy events but twice missed the cut. He was third in the South West Counties Strokeplay Championship at Cumberwell Park last week.
"I have been hitting the ball well but haven't found any consistency with the putter," he said. His next major event is the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath this month followed by the qualifier for The Open.
He was asked to call David Oldcorn, the England A squad manager, a week ago to learn the news – and his boss immediately granted him two weeks unpaid leave.
Now his life as a leading amateur golfer can only get better.