Calling America! Women’s overseas squad set for season

Caley McGinty is eager to come in from the cold and turn up the heat with her England colleagues in the women’s overseas squad.

McGinty is named today as part of a four-strong squad for the 2020 season comprising of golfers currently studying at colleges in America.

Annabell Fuller, Amelia Williamson and Hannah Screen are also included in the set-up – Fuller and Williamson both studying at colleges in Florida with Screen on campus in Oklahoma.

England Golf is keen to support golfers who choose to combine their sport with educational opportunities abroad as well as those talents who remain at home.

McGinty is a key member of this squad and, perhaps unusually, she has chosen not to chase the sun in the States.

This week, McGinty has been braving sub-zero temperatures  while she combines studying Sports Administration at Kent State University in Ohio with her golf.

But the 19-year-old Gloucestershire county player is loving life across the pond.

She believes it will stand her in good stead for another competitive season as an individual and – hopefully – as part of the women’s squad going forward.

McGinty said: “Right now the temperature outside is -11 degrees. Not ideal for getting on the golf course!

“But we have great indoor facilities where I can really work on my game. Anything I want to practise, I can do on our campus.

“There’s a range, short game areas, SAM putting lab, all the Trackman equipment.

“There are about 20 of us in the squad and we all push each other on.

“We do travel for events as well. Last week I was in Los Angeles and I have been at tournaments in New Mexico and Tennessee.

“It will be nice to get back home this summer to play some events and hopefully get to represent England.

“It’s always special wearing that England crest.”

Along with the women’s squad of Lily May Humphreys, Emily Toy, Mimi Rhodes and Charlotte Heath, the overseas group will come into the selectors’ thinking for various team events throughout the season.

England’s women will defend their Home Internationals crown in 2020 and target success in European and World Team Championships.

Women’s Performance manager, Rebecca Hembrough, said: “Our overseas players can take advantage of world-class competitive opportunities and at the same time enjoy priceless life experiences which can only be of benefit when they join up with national squads.

“This semester we will support them remotely and look forward to bringing them together at the National Performance Centre at Woodhall Spa in June before the domestic summer events unfold.

“There are many English players in the States currently and we’ll be keenly following performances for the next few months.”

McGinty, pictured in England action above, is eager to play her part in a successful campaign having started the year representing her country on the international stage in the South American Amateur Championship.

The trip to Santiago in Chile proved to be a worthwhile one for McGinty who finished in a tie for third.

She added: “Playing in Chile was a great experience.

“It was really, really hot and coming from an Ohio winter that was hard to adjust to at first.

“I didn’t know what to expect and I played pretty well tee to green, but my putting let me down a bit.

“Overall, though, I was happy as it was first event since October and I learned a lot.”

McGinty has a full schedule at college and admitted her nerves at making the move away from home have been eased as she adapted to life away from the comfort of her family.

“I was a bit wary at first as I’d not really been away from home all that much and didn’t know about the way of life,” confirmed McGinty who is a member at Knowle Golf Club in Bristol.

“I didn’t decide on college in America until quite late in the day.

“There was a thought that going somewhere warm would be nice – the chance to play in some heat.

“But I got a strong feeling about Kent State and it has a really good reputation.

“I’m studying Sports Administration. Obviously, I want to go as far as I can as a golfer, but I want a career in sports of some sort and doing this course gives me that option.

“I didn’t expect it to be quite as full on as it is.

“I’m busy all the time but getting to play or practise golf every day is a great thing.”

Women’s Overseas Squad

Annabell Fuller (aged 17) – University of Florida

Caley McGinty (aged 19) – Kent State University

Hannah Screen (aged 20) – University of Oklahoma

Amelia Williamson (aged 19) – Florida State University