Curtis Cup: McGinty and GB&I all fired up

Caley McGinty believes a combination of talent and the ‘fire’ in the bellies of the GB&I side can help drive the team towards success in this week’s Curtis Cup.

The eyes of the golfing world will be on Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania from Friday when the 42nd edition of the world’s leading women’s amateur team event tees off.

McGinty is one of five English women named in Elaine Ratcliffe’s eight-strong squad and is excited about taking on the Americans in their own backyard.

The Gloucestershire golfer is joined in the squad by fellow England team-mates Charlotte Heath, three-time Curtis Cup player Annabell Fuller (both pictured below) and debutant Amelia Williamson as well as 2020 English Women’s Amateur champion Emily Price.

Scots duo Hannah Darling and Louise Duncan and Ireland’s Lauren Walsh complete a talented GB&I selection.

Last August, England women’s squad member McGinty was part of the GB&I side which lost to the Americans at Conwy Golf Club in Wales in a match delayed a year because of Covid-19.

Now she wants to reverse that result at a venue which conjures up good memories for fans of English golf – Merion being the venue for Justin Rose’s 2013 US Open victiory.

“I remember that win for Justin,” said McGinty.

“And having been to the course recently with the squad to practice I recalled some of the closing holes which are very tough.

“The course also has those distinctive baskets on the flagsticks – they are quite tough as I tried bouncing my ball off them a few times!

“The course is just gorgeous and I’m so excited about this Curtis Cup – probably because I know what to expect having played last year.

“Last year I had built it up in my mind and this time I can be a bit more relaxed.

“The team is strong and experienced and we have reflected on last year’s defeat and come to the conclusion we weren’t far away from winning.

“I know the scoreline looks one-sided but it was tight until the final day and a few putts here and there made the difference.

“The team spirit among the GB&I squad is brilliant – we’re all very close and are extremely motivated.

“I’d say every team member has that little bit of fire you need at this level.

“The American side is very strong, but we all know each other from playing college events in the States and we’re not intimidated

“We don’t feel as if we have to push it and do more. Elaine has been very positive in the message that what we have is good enough and we just need to bring it out.

“She can draw on her experience playing and now captaining in the Curtis Cup and we’re ready to give our best.”

“I’ve gone for Taylor Swift songs – you can’t beat a bit of Taylor to get things going!”

McGinty won five times on the US college circuit in the past year and helped England win the European Team Championships and the Home Internationals.

Ratcliffe has described her as a baby-faced assassin on the course – and that makes the golfer from Knowle Golf Club chuckle.

Having fun is all part of the Curtis Cup experience – and if GB&I are to exact ‘swift’ revenge for defeat last year, the tunes on McGinty’s playlist night just inspire.

“We have a laugh in the team room,” confirmed McGinty.

“If we’re playing table tennis or Wii sports it can be competitive but we all get on so well.

“And we have all contributed our music for the team playlist.

“I’ve gone for Taylor Swift songs – you can’t beat a bit of Taylor to get things going!”

 

  • The 42nd edition of the Curtis Cup starts at Merion Golf Club on Friday 10 June. Coverage of all three days is available on SKY Sports and via The R&A’s social channels.