Four new caps in England women’s team
Four new caps have been named in the England team which will defend the women’s Home Internationals at Cork Golf Club, Ireland, from 4-6 September.
They are: Gabriella Cowley, 16 of West Essex, Essex; Alex Peters, 18, of Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography); Amber Ratcliffe, 16, of Royal Cromer, Norfolk; and Emily Taylor, 17, of Hillside, Lancashire.
They will join established internationals: Holly Clyburn, 21, of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire; Georgia Hall, 16, of Remedy Oak, Dorset; Bronte Law, 17, of Bramhall, Cheshire, and Kelly Tidy, 20, of Royal Birkdale, Lancashire. The reserve is Charlotte Wild, 22, (Mere). The team will again be captained by Chris Pascall (Hartlepool).
Holly Clyburn, Bronte Law and Kelly Tidy were all members of the GB&I team which won the Curtis Cup at Nairn in June. Kelly is the English champion while Holly was third, and Bronte was runner-up in the French lady junior championship.
Georgia Hall, who is 10th in the women’s world amateur rankings, was runner-up in the English and a semi-finalist in the British championships.
Georgia, Gabriella Cowley and Amber Ratcliffe were members of England’s winning team at last week’s Girls’ Home Internationals. Gabriella is the Scottish U16 champion.
Alex Peters capped a fine season last week when she won the English stroke play championship to accompany her Independent Schools' title. Emily Taylor is the English girls’ and the Irish women’s stroke play champion. Both have represented England as girl internationals.
Charlotte Wild is a past English strokeplay champion and was fifth in this year’s event.
The following players were not available for consideration for selection due to educational and other commitments: Hayley Davis (Ferndown), Charley Hull (Woburn), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) and Lauren Taylor (Woburn).