Elaine Ratcliffe to captain GB&I Curtis Cup team

England’s Elaine Ratcliffe has been appointed as the new captain of the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team for the 2020 match.

She will also lead the teams in the Vagliano Trophy and the Astor Trophy in 2019.

Ratcliffe, who hails from Sandbach in Cheshire but is now based at Essendon, Essex, had a top-class amateur career as a player, winning the English and Finnish championships.

She was a member of the winning GB&I teams which defeated the United States in the 1996 Curtis Cup at Killarney, and the Continent of Europe in the 1997 Vagliano Trophy. Ratcliffe also represented GB&I as a player in the world championship Espirito Santo Trophy and England in the European Amateur Team Championships. After turning professional, she was named Rookie of the Year by the Ladies’ European Tour in 1999 but was reinstated as an amateur in 2008.

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She has since captained England in a number of international matches, including the Women’s Home Internationals and the European Amateur Team Championships, and has twice led the European team in the Patsy Hankins Trophy against Asia-Pacific.

“It is a real honour to be appointed captain of Great Britain and Ireland and I am looking forward to the challenge of preparing the team for the forthcoming international matches in 2019 and 2020,” said Ratcliffe.

“There are a number of amateur events to be played over the coming months and we will be monitoring the performances and results of golfers from Great Britain and Ireland to determine who has played their way into contention for team selection next year.”

Ireland’s Maria Dunne has also been confirmed as the new GB&I captain for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Royal St George’s in 2019.

As a player, Dunne featured as a member of the GB&I team which beat the US to win the Curtis Cup in 2016 and also played in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe at Circolo Golf Bogogno last year.