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England Schools call-up for Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and Leventhorpe duo Max Hopkins and George Wright

Max Hopkins and George Wright will represent England Schools against their Welsh counterparts after excellent displays in the English Schools Championship.

The pair – both sixth-form students of Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth – finished second and third respectively at Belton Park Golf Club in Grantham to earn their national selections.

They become the sixth and seventh junior members of Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club to participate in the home schools internationals in the last five years. They will join Hopkins’ older brother Jon, Rebecca Earl, George Durkan, Matt Green and Ollie Brunt on the roll of honour, which proves the Dunmow Road club’s fine reputation for developing youngsters.

George Wright, left, and Max Hopkins (48808332)
George Wright, left, and Max Hopkins (48808332)

There was light rain and drizzle for much of the two rounds in Lincolnshire, but that did not deter the Stortford pair.

Hopkins began by recording a one-under-par 70, which included a run of four birdies in the closing six holes, while Wright recovered from dropping three shots early on to get a couple of birdies for a round of 72.

Both carded 69s after lunch, which was the best second-round score of any of the competitors, as they accumulated an impressive 10 birdies between them.

Thomas Hawke, from Surrey, took the overall honours with a total of 138, one shot ahead of Hopkins and three clear of Wright.

Stortford club captain Graham Ansbridge said: “I have been privileged to witness the hard work and dedication put in by both the players and the support staff. The results at Belton Park show what can be achieved by a great team.”

Hopkins and Wright were presented with their invitations to play in the international match by the association’s national secretary Steve Akrill, who was a teacher at Leventhorpe before he retired to Yorkshire a few years ago.

They will join up with their England team-mates ahead of the match with Wales, which takes place in Monmouth on August 30.

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