England’s Mimi Rhodes, Lily May Humphreys and Annabell Fuller have all been selected for the European team to face the United States of America in next month’s PING Junior Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.
Rhodes, 17, from Burnham & Berrow, earned an automatic place on the team having finished in the top-six on the European Junior Solheim Cup ranking. That list was headed by Slovenia’s Pia Babik, 15, who capped a tremendous year by winning last week’s Girls’ Amateur Championship at Panmure. The other four players who earned a place by that route were France’s Lucy Malchirand, Italians Benedetta Moresco and Alessia Nobilio and Anne Normann from Denmark.
Fuller, 17, from Roehampton, and Humphreys, 17, from Stoke by Nayland, were both selected as wild card picks by European captain Mickey Walker. Scotland’s Hannah Darling, Denmark’s Amalie Leth-Nissen, France’s Lilas Pinthier and Germany’s Paula Schulz-Hanßen were the other picks.
“I’m excited to announce such a young, talented and international team for this year’s Ping Junior Solheim Cup, said Walker, who was Europe’s Solheim Cup captain when the match was first played in 1990. “This will be a special week for everyone involved and create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
“I am delighted the matches will be played at Gleneagles, one of the most iconic golfing venues in the UK and one of my personal favourite places to visit and play golf. I feel sure that all the girls participating in the PJSC will feel the same.
“Finally, on behalf of the European team, I would like to say a big thank you to John Solheim and his family for their vision and generosity in creating this wonderful match between the very best young players from the two continents.”
“The depth of talent on Mickey Walker’s team is very impressive and promises to create some exciting and memorable moments at Gleneagles”, responded Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO.
“It is wonderful to see six countries represented. It speaks to the wide appeal of the game and is a testament to the golf organisations within each country that have committed to developing such talented young ladies.”
This year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup is to be played over the King’s course at Gleneagles, on Tuesday September 10 and Wednesday September 11, immediately ahead of the Solheim Cup which starts on the resort’s PGA Centenary course on Friday September 13.
European Squad for PING Junior Solheim Cup:
Pia Babnik (SLO)
Lucie Malchirand (FRA)
Benedetta Moresco (ITA)
Alessia Nobilio (ITA)
Mimi Rhodes (ENG)
Anne Norman (DEN)
Annabell Fuller (ENG)
Lily May Humphreys (ENG)
Hannah Darling (SCO)
Amalie Leth-Nissen (DEN)
Lilas Pintheir (FRA)
Paula Schulz-Hanßen (GER)