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England amateurs head for Peru

Double European amateur champion Ashley Chesters, pictured, (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) and three more internationals will aim to complete an England hat-trick of victories when they compete in the South American Amateur Championship in Lima, Peru from 22 to 25 January. Callum Shinkwin from Hertfordshire won the title in Colombia in 2013 while Lancashire’s Paul Howard triumphed, again in Colombia, a year ago.

Now Chesters, Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire), Luke Johnson (King’s Lynn, Norfolk) and Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent) have the chance of making it three-in-a-row by lifting the Arturo Calle Cup in the 72-hole stroke play event.

Chesters, 25, won his first European Amateur title at El Prat in Spain in 2013 and successfully defended it at St Andrews last year, becoming the first player to win in successive years. It enabled him to top the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s 2014 Order of Merit having also finished runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy.