Eve Clarke (Stoke-by-Nayland)
Amanda Colgate-Herbert (Rochford Hundred)
GB&I Curtis Cup team announced
The R&A today announced the Great Britain and Ireland team to face the United States in the 40th Curtis Cup match which will be played at Quaker Ridge, New York from 8-10 June.
GB&I will defend the historic trophy after securing an 11½-8½ win over the United States at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland two years ago.
Great Britain and Ireland team
An eight-player team and one non-travelling reserve have been selected for the 2018 match with five players from England featuring alongside two Irishwomen and one Scot.
The GB&I team includes 16-year-old Lily May Humphreys who won the 2018 Helen Holm Championship at Royal Troon last week to add to the Girls British Open Amateur Championship and English Women’s Amateur Championship titles she won last year.
Olivia Mehaffey and Alice Hewson will make their second appearances for GB&I in the Curtis Cup after featuring in the winning side at Dun Laoghaire in 2016.
The full team to face the United States:
India Clyburn (21, Woodhall Spa, England)
Lily May Humphreys (16, Stoke-by-Nayland, England)
Annabell Fuller (15, Roehampton, England)
Sophie Lamb (20, Clitheroe, England)
Paula Grant (24, Lisburn, Ireland)
Shannon McWilliam (18, Aboyne, Scotland)
Alice Hewson (20, Berkhamsted, England)
Olivia Mehaffey (20, Royal County Down Ladies, Ireland)
Annabel Wilson (17, Lurgan, Ireland)
Elaine Farquharson-Black, who will captain GB&I in the Curtis Cup for the second time following the win at Dun Laoghaire, said, “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.
“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.”
Ireland’s Leona Maguire, currently the number two golfer in the Women’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™, will turn professional next month and has ruled herself out of contention for selection, while England’s Isobel Wardle, who was also named in the provisional GB&I squad, has decided to focus on undertaking her school exams.
England teenage international Lily May Humphreys gave her Curtis Cup hopes a boost when she won the Helen Holm Scottish women’s open championship at Royal Troon.
Humphreys shot four-under par 68 in the final round to win by a stroke from Scotland’s Chloe Goadby.
It’s Humphreys’ sixth title in the last 10 months and it marks a welcome return to top form for the 16-year-old, who is also the English women’s amateur champion.
With an eye on this Thursday’s announcement of the Curtis Cup team, she commented: “This means a lot as I had lost form and recovered it for this event.
“It’s great to have my game under control again. I think this is my biggest win, beating an international field. I felt if I could win this, then I had a chance for the Curtis Cup. My chances are up, but I don’t know whether I will get in.”
The 16-year-old was five-under and one shot off the lead going in to the final round. She finished on nine-under par after a superb closing four-under 68 in the breezy conditions, helped by a hat-trick of birdies from the seventh, with two further birdies at 12 and 13 ultimately proving decisive.
Goadby, in the group in front, just couldn’t reel Humphreys in, and her bogey at the par-3 17th saw her slip two shots behind. A birdie at the last for her own 68 put pressure on Humphreys but the Stoke by Nayland player held on for glory.
Defending champion Linn Grant from Sweden finished third on seven under par – with the Swedes taking the team title by a shot over Scotland.
England’s Bel Wardle (Prestbury) took fifth place on four-under. The 18-year-old has already won the Portuguese amateur this season, adding it to 2017 wins in the English women’s and girls’ open championships.
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|2018 fixture list|
|26~30 Jun||British Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship|
|29 Jun||East Region 36 Hole Foursomes|
|5~7 Jul||English Women’s Open Match Play Championship|
|9 Jul||Munro Foursomes 4th Round|
|11 Jul||English Schools Teams Championship|
|11 Jul||2nd Team Match v Norfolk|