New county captain Colin Roope will play his double joker when Hampshire cross over to the Isle of Wight to face Kent in their second Daily Telegraph South East League match of the season on Sunday.
The advantage for the Hampshire side comes in the form of 2 of the best college golfers in the country, who are both part of the host club – Shanklin and Sandown.
Jordan Sundborg is the reigning Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Amateur Champion whilst former Hampshire Junior Champion Conor Richards is a Lander University player, who was named Conference player of the year earlier this month.
Jordan, who travelled up to Fairhaven, in Lancashire last Wednesday to qualify in 30th place for the Brabazon Trophy, which is being held at Oxford’s Frilford Heath, at the end of this month, said:
“I am really looking forward to getting back with the team this weekend for a very important match against Kent.
“I am also looking forward to a run of tournaments – such as the Brabazon, defending my county championship crown at Liphook in early June, and then heading back to Scotland for the British Amateur, at Royal Aberdeen later next month.
“This academic year, Stirling are the European, Scottish and British Champs. We have won everything there is to win as a team.
“So I am feeling good and can’t wait to be part of a really strong county team for the forthcoming match.”
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Hampshire have not beaten Kent since 2014 and 2 years ago they inflicted their heaviest defeat in many a year winning 10-2 at North Hants.
“Obviously with Conor and Jordan back in the UK it is important I get them into the team playing a course they know so well.
“We would love to see as many golf fans come out and watch – and support – the English County Champions.”
The 4 foursomes games start at 08:30 with the 8 singles starting at 14:00.