Curtis Cup players in England’s Euro challenge

Bronte Law

Three members of the winning GB&I Curtis Cup team will represent England in the European Ladies’ Team Championship in Iceland next month.

Alice Hewson, Bronte Law (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Meghan MacLaren will be joined by Emma Allen, Lizzie Prior and OIivia Winning. The championship will be played at Oddur Golf Club, Iceland, from 5-9 July.

The European Girls’ Team Championship will be played simultaneously at Oslo Golf Club, Norway, and the team is Louisa Brunt, Sharna Dutrieux, Lily May Humphreys, Emily Price, Isobel Wardle and Amelia Williamson.  All six are new caps at this level.

Women’s team:

Emma Allen, 19, (Meon Valley, Hampshire) had four top ten finishes in her freshman year at the University of Missouri. Last season she won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, was runner-up in the English girls’ championship and third on the England Golf Girl’s Order of Merit. She was in England’s successful team at the girls’ Home Internationals, winning all six of her games.

Alice Hewson, 18, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) made her Curtis Cup team debut in the winning team at Dun Laoghaire earlier this month. Last year she was individually second in qualifying at the European team championship and was in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and women’s Home Internationals and the European Young Masters. She has won twice since starting at Clemson University in South Carolina last year.

Bronte Law, 21, (Bramhall, Cheshire) is the world number four and won all five of her matches in the Curtis Cup, becoming only the second player to achieve the feat. She is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has just won the Annika Award as the top female US collegiate golfer, having already been named as the PING Player of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. She has been English women’s amateur champion for the past two years.

Meghan MacLaren, 22, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) scored the winning point for GB&I at the Curtis Cup. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit where she is a student at the Florida International University. She represented Europe in this season’s inaugural Patsy Hankins Trophy against Asia Pacific.

Lizzie Prior, 18, (Burhill, Surrey) won her first event after starting university in the USA and returned to successfully defend the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale. She won the England girls’ order of merit for 2015 after winning the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophy and finishing runner-up three times, in the English girls’ championship, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the English women’s amateur.

Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play championship for the second time this year and tied 12th in an LET Access Series tournament in Spain in May. She has also had top ten finishes in three prestigious scratch events and was 12th in the Welsh stroke play. She was an England girl international.

Girls’ team

Louisa Brunt, 17, (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) has had top 20 finishes in the German girls’ open and the St Rule Trophy, with other strong finishes in both the Irish and Welsh women’s open stroke play championships.

Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath, Kent) tied second in the Critchley Salver, was third in the Hampshire Rose and was leading amateur in the Roehampton Gold Cup where she was fourth overall. She shared eighth place in the Scottish girls’ championship.

Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels, Essex) is the English U14 girls’ champion. This season her results include winning the Fairhaven Trophies, taking fourth place in the recent WPGA one-day event at Little Aston, finishing runner-up at the Critchley Salver and third in the Frilford Heath Salver. She is currently second in the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit

Emily Price, 16, (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire) currently leads the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit after a spectacular run of three wins in a week before taking a break for exams. She won the Scottish open girls’ championship, the Leveret and the Whittington Ladies’ Trophy. She is a past English U15 girls’ champion and was third in the U16s last season.

Bel Wardle, 16, (Prestbury, Cheshire) was eighth in the St Rule Trophy, 16th in the Welsh women’s stroke play and made the cut in the Portuguese women’s amateur championship. Last season she was 10th in the British women’s stroke play and was fourth in both the Liphook Scratch Cup and the Pleasington Putter.

Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) was runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophies, third in the Scottish girls’ championship and 12th in the German girls’ open. Last year she won the West of England U16 stroke play and three English schools’ titles: the national, U16 and the South East championships.