Five English women, two Irish and one Scottish will comprise the Great Britain and Irish team chosen to defend the Curtis Cup in June.
This year’s shoot out in the biennial transatlantic women’s amateur golf competition will be played at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York where the GB&I team will hope to repeat their 2016 trophy win achieved at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.
Over three days two teams of eight women will play six foursomes (alternate-shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles matches.
The Great Britain and Ireland team, selected by the Ladies’ Golf Union, includes 16 year old Lily May Humphreys, who this month won the 2018 Helen Holm Championship at Royal Troon. Already a seasoned winner, the Stoke-by-Nayland player had previously taken the Girls British Open Amateur Championship and English Women’s Amateur Championship titles.
Olivia Mehaffey of the Royal County Down Ladies Club, and Alice Hewson of Berkhamsted both played in the 2016 winning team.
The oldest member of a young team is Lisburn player Paula Grant, who is only 24. The youngest is Roehampton player Annabell Fuller, who is 15.
Other team members are India Clyburn of Woodhall Spa, Sophie Lamb of Clitheroe, and Shannon McWilliam of Aboyne.
Captain for the second time will be Elaine Farquharson-Black.
‘There have been a number of players throughout Great Britain and Ireland who have been in impressive form recently and it was a difficult decision to select only eight’, she said. ‘The players selected will now have a wonderful opportunity to perform on the international stage in one of the world’s most prestigious events and I’m sure that they will give their very best as we attempt to retain the trophy against a talented team from the United States’.
They will face a USA team that includes lia Vu, of Fountain Valley, California, who is currently top ranked woman amateur golfer in the world.
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