England teams to defend in France


England Golf will send two teams to defend the Vilmorin Cup at the French Lady Junior Championship at St Cloud, near Paris, from 28 March-1 April.

Team A will include Curtis Cup player Bronte Law, who was the runner-up in the individual championship last year. She will be joined by fellow internationals Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters, the English women’s stroke play champion.

Team B consists of England international Amber Ratcliffe, with girl international Olivia Winning and fellow member of the England Performance U18 squad, Annabel Dimmock.

The Vilmorin Cup is the nations’ team trophy and is played over the two stroke play rounds of the championship, which decide the players to go forward to the matchplay knockouts. The championship is contested by the cream of Europe’s U21 amateurs.

The players:
Gabriella Cowley, 16, (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire) was in the winning England teams at last year’s girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She is the Scottish and the North of England U16 champion and is a past English U15 titleholder.  She was in the winning Essex team at the 2012 County Finals.

Bronte Law, 17, (Bramhall, Cheshire) was a member of the GB&I team which won the Curtis Cup in 2012 – for the first time in 16 years. She qualified for last season’s Women’s British Open and successfully made the cut, eventually finishing in a share of 33rd place.  She represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup and was runner-up in last year’s French Lady Junior Championship. Image © Leaderboard Photography.

Alex Peters, 19, (Notts Ladies’) is the English women’s stroke play champion and, like Gabriella and Bronte, was in England’s successful team at the women’s Home Internationals. Last season she also won the Independent Schools’ championship, the Nottinghamshire ladies’ title and shared the Porters Park Centenary Cup. She represented England in the South American amateur early this year.

Annabel Dimmock, 16, (Wentworth, Surrey) enjoyed a successful run on this year’s Orange Blossom Tour in Florida, reaching the quarter finals of the Jones Doherty Championship and finishing in the top 20 at the Harder Hall Invitational. Last year she was fifth in the English girls’ championship and won the London Foursomes.

Amber Ratcliffe,17, (Royal Cromer) is the England Golf East Region women’s champion and was a member of the winning England teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She has twice won the English schools’ U16 championship.

Olivia Winning, 18 (Rotherham) joined Amber in England’s team at the girls’ Home Internationals. Also last year, she won the Pleasington Putter and was runner-up in another prestigious scratch event, the Astor Salver. She was also second in the  Fairhaven Trophy.