Eight English players have been named in an initial Great Britain and Ireland squad of 14 players, announced by The R&A ahead of next year’s Curtis Cup match
The England players are: Emma Allen, Lianna Bailey, India Clyburn, Annabell Fuller, Alice Hewson (pictured), Lily May Humphreys, Sophie Lamb and Bel Wardle.
The 40th Curtis Cup match will be played at Quaker Ridge, New York, from 8-10 June 2018 with GB&I attempting to retain the historic trophy after an 11½-8½ win over the United States at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland last year.
Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) played in last year’s Curtis Cup and has helped England to win back to back European championships. Allen (Meon Valley, Hampshire) was also in the 2016 European team while this year’s side included Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire), Clyburn (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) and Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire). Lamb was also the low amateur at the 2017 British Women’s Open.
Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) is the British girls’, English women’s and European Young Masters champion. Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey) is the English U16 girls’ champion and Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire) is the English girls’ champion and the English women’s stroke play titleholder.
Elaine Farquharson-Black, who will captain GB&I in the Curtis Cup for the second time, said, “We have identified a talented group of golfers, including three members of the winning 2016 Curtis Cup team. Each player in the squad is in contention for selection to the team and we will be monitoring their performances and results closely over the coming months.
“We will also be closely following the performances of other players not named in this squad who still have the opportunity to play their way into our thinking before the final team selection is made in April.”
The squad is completed by Leona Maguire, the world number one woman amateur, and fellow Ireland players Paula Grant, Olivia Mehaffey and Annabel Wilson; alongside Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam and Connie Jaffrey.
The final eight player GB&I team will be announced on 26 April 2018 and will include the two golfers who are placed highest in the world rankings on 25 April 2018. In addition, a further six players will be selected by The R&A Women’s Selection Committee. Up to four non-travelling reserves will also be announced.