England stars pack out GB&I squads for 2021 events

England Golf is heavily represented in the GB&I squads announced today for Walker Cup, Curtis Cup and Vagliano Trophy campaigns in 2021

No fewer than 10 Englishmen are involved in the 15-man Walker Cup training squad ahead of the 48th match against the USA at Seminole, Florida on 8 and 9 May 2021.

Eight English women have made the 17-strong provisional squad for the Vagliano Trophy match against the continent of Europe at Golf Club de Lausanne, Switzerland on 25 and 26 June 2021.

The rearranged 41st Curtis Cup will follow at Conwy, Wales from 26-28 August 2021 after the match was postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the men, Wiltshire’s Jake Bolton, Ben Jones and Callum Farr from Northamptonshire, Yorkshire trio Alex Fitzpatrick, Barclay Brown and Ben Schmidt, Northumberland’s Matty Lamb, Gloucestershire’s Joe Long (pictured below), Surrey’s Angus Flanagan and US-based Joe Pagdin have made captain Stuart Wilson’s selection.

Elaine Ratcliffe’s talented women’s squad selection includes Surrey’s Annabell Fuller and Gloucesteshire’s Caley McGinty (both main image), Worcestershire and Herefordshire’s Emily Price and Mimi Rhodes from Somerset.

Emily Toy from Cornwall, Essex’s Lily May Humphreys, Bel Wardle from Cheshire and Yorkshire’s Charlotte Heath have also caught the eye.

Stuart Wilson, GB&I Walker Cup captain, said, “We have selected a talented group of players to work with in preparation for the match against the United States of America next year.

“We will be closely monitoring their form and results in a number of important events over the coming months while other players still have time to play their way into contention before we finalise the team which will travel to Florida.

“We will go to Seminole with belief in ourselves and will give it our best shot to win back the trophy.”

The USA won the last Walker Cup match at Royal Liverpool in 2019 and GB&I are seeking their first victory on US soil since they triumphed in 2001 at Sea Island, Georgia with current England Golf Performance Director Nigel Edwards in the line-up.

GB&I is looking for its first win in the Vagliano Trophy since 2005.

The biennial encounter will be played in Switzerland for the first time in the match’s history when the two sides meet in Lausanne next summer.

In the Curtis Cup, the GB&I team will be aiming to extend an unbeaten home run to three matches at Conwy having won the match at Nairn in 2012 and Dun Laoghaire in 2016.

Ratcliffe, GB&I captain, said, “We have been able to bring in a number of new players into the squad alongside those who were selected last year and are now looking forward to working with the group as we prepare for the Vagliano Trophy and Curtis Cup.

“We have a good blend of youth and experience in the squad but there is still time for other players to make their case for inclusion in the final teams selected.

“I know the girls will relish the opportunity to compete and try to win the two matches.”

GB&I Walker Cup squad: (age, home club, nationality)

Jake Bolton (22, Ogbourne Downs, England),  John Murphy (22, Kinsale, Ireland), Barclay Brown (19, Hallamshire, England), Tom McKibbin (17, Holywood, Ireland), Callum Farr (22, Northamptonshire County, England), Joseph Pagdin (19, Lake Nona, England), Alex Fitzpatrick (21, Hallamshire, England), Mark Power (20, Kilkenny, Ireland), Angus Flanagan (21, St George’s Hill, England), Caolan Rafferty (27, Dundalk, Ireland), Ben Jones (21, Northamptonshire County, England), Ben Schmidt (18, Rotherham, England), Matty Lamb (22, Hexham, England), Sandy Scott (22, Nairn, Scotland) and Joe Long (23, Lansdown, England)

GB&I Vagliano Trophy and Curtis Cup squad: (age, home club, nationality)

Hannah Darling (17, Broomieknowe, Scotland), Shannon McWilliam (21, Aboyne, Scotland), Annabell Fuller (18, Roehampton, England), Olivia Mehaffey (23, Royal County Down Ladies, Ireland), Chloe Goadby (23, St Regulus, Scotland), Emily Price (21, Ludlow, England), Paula Grant (27, Lisburn, Ireland),  Euphemie Rhodes (18, Burnham and Berrow, England), Charlotte Heath (19, Huddersfield, England), Emily Toy (23, Carlyon Bay, England), Lily May Humphreys (18, Stoke by Nayland, England), Lauren Walsh (20, Castlewarden, Ireland), Hazel MacGarvie (21, Royal Troon, Scotland), Isobel Wardle (20, Prestbury, England), Julie McCarthy (21, Forrest Little, Ireland),  Annabel Wilson (19, Lurgan, Ireland) and Caley McGinty (20, Knowle, England)