England Golf includes Charlotte Naughton and Alex Boyes in U16 squad to face Spain

England Golf has named its mixed U16 squad to take on Spain at La Galiana Golf Resort in Valencia from April 6-7 – with Charlotte Naughton and Alex Boyes both featuring.

The annual under-16 challenge match returns as England look to retain the trophy following their 16-8 win last May on home soil.

The two-day competition sees four foursomes matches (two boys pairs, two girls) in the mornings before eight singles matches on the afternoon of each day. A total of 24 points will be up for grabs as the away side look to get their 2024 campaign off to a winning start.

The girls in this year’s team are Lauren Crump (Hill Valley GC, Shropshire), Ellie Lichtenhein (Buckinghamshire GC, Buckinghamshire), Charlotte Naughton (Longhirst Hall GC, Northumberland) and Annabel Peaford (Walton Heath GC, Surrey).

The boys in the team are Alex Boyes (Teesside GC, Yorkshire), Josh Gardner (Coventry GC, Warwickshire), Frankie Morton (Orsett GC, Essex) and Charlie Rusbridge (Colne Valley GC, Essex).

England Golf’s deputy performance director Stephen Burnett said: “The annual U16 match versus Spain is a fantastic early season opportunity for younger players to test their games. Spain are always strong and worthy opponents at this level, especially on home soil, so it’s a task the players should relish. We have a very promising team made up of eight players from a burgeoning talent pool at U16 level and it’s always heartening to see new names coming through. With a number of debuts in the offing in Valencia, this match will offer these players competitive developmental experiences they will cherish long into the future of their careers, regardless of the result.”