A YORK golfer has made a national squad for 2021.

Charlie Thornton, of Fulford Golf Club, has retained his place in the 10-man England Men's 'A' squad.

The 22-year-old placed 28th in the 2019 England Golf men's order of merit before facing - like his fellow golfers - a disrupted 2020.

England Golf are hoping for an improved 2021, which is scheduled to see players compete in European team events and Home Internationals.

Thornton himself has some big hopes for the year.

He said: "I’m thrilled to be announced back into the men’s England 'A' squad - the coaching you receive with Graham Walker, Paul Ashwell, Mike Kanski and co is priceless.

"I’m looking forward to the year ahead. I plan to travel to South Africa on the 29th of January for two events there and then follow that up with trips to Portugal and Spain for another two to kick the season off.

"Then it's back to England after that for the season over here - all coronavirus permitting of course - with a plan to go to European Tour Qualifying school at the end of the year."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Charlie’s development over the years," commented Guy Wills, head professional at Fulford GC. "I have seen him progress from one of our juniors attending the winter coaching nights to maturing into a world-class player."

Club general manager Jon Dry added: "We are delighted to hear about Charlie’s selection into the England Men’s 'A' Squad.

"Fulford has a tremendous history of developing talented golfers, with members regularly representing York, Yorkshire and even England. It is wonderful to see Charlie carrying this forward. The membership take great pride in tracking his results wherever he is playing.

"I am sure that the coaching and additional support he will receive from England Golf will help him fulfil his goals for 2021."