England women looking to take good form north of the border

England Golf has announced its teams for the Women’s Home Internationals and the Girls’ Home Internationals to be played at Downfield Golf Club, Scotland on Wednesday, 7 – Friday, 9 August.

 

Women’s Home Internationals

England will be looking to go one better than last year when they finished runners-up to Scotland at Ballybunion in Ireland.

The Players

Lianna Bailey, 22 (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire) won the 2018 St Rule Trophy at St Andrews and finished second in the same event this year. She represented England in this year’s European Team Championship and was a member of the team that finished runners-up to Scotland in the 2018 Women’s Home Internationals in Ireland.

Ellen Hume, 19 (Mill Green, Hertfordshire) beat Lily May Humphreys in the final of this year’s English Women’s Amateur Championship at Saunton and has also won the West of England Championship and the Faldo Series England Girls’ Championship this summer. She will be making her debut for England at Downfield.

Lily May Humphreys, 17 (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) has been in sparkling form this season winning the Welsh and Irish Stroke Play titles and the Annika Invitational Europe as well as finishing runner-up at the English Women’s Amateur Championship. She played on last year’s Home International team and has since represented GB & I in the Vagliano Trophy and England at the European Ladies’ Team Championship.

Mimi Rhodes, 17 (Burnham and Berrow, Somerset) reached the quarter-final of the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal Co. Down and was eighth in the German Girls’ Open and ninth in the Annika Invitational Europe. Represented England in the European Girls’ Team Championship where she was fourth in the individual competition. Rhodes was part of the winning English team in last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals in Ireland.

Emily Toy, 21 (Carylon Bay, Cornwall) won the New South Wales Stroke Play Championship in Australia at the start of the year and has since claimed the biggest title of her career at the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal Co. Down where she beat New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey in the final.

Isobel Wardle, 19 (Prestbury, Cheshire) won this season’s Comboy Leveret and was second at the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play, third at the St Rule Trophy, fourth at the Portuguese International Ladies’ and fifth at the Spanish International Ladies’. She also reached the quarter-final at the English Women’s Amateur and the last 16 at the Women’s Amateur Championship.

Amelia Williamson, 19 (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) won the recent Chiberta Grand Prix in France and was third at the Critchley Astor Salver and seventh at the Dutch International Junior Open. Followed that up by sharing 11th place behind Hewson at the European Amateur at Parkstone. She was part of the winning English team at last year’s Girls’ Home International team in Ireland.

 

Girls’ Home Internationals

England will be bidding to defend the trophy they won last year in Ireland.

The Players

Jessica Baker, 16 (Gosforth Park Ladies, Northumberland) reached the semi-finals of this year’s English Women’s Amateur Championship before being beaten by Lily May Humphreys. She also produced a last day charge to finish in a share of third place at the English Girls’ Open Amateur and was tied second at the Comboy Scratch Cup and tied fifth at The Leveret. Represented England in the European Girls’ Team Championship.

Rosie Belsham, 17 (Whitley Bay, Northumberland) was another member of the English team at the European Girls’ Team Championship. She won the girls’ event at this year’s Fairhaven Trophy, was eighth at the German Girls’ Open and ninth at the Irish Girls’ Stroke Play.

Ellie Gower, 16 (Gleneagles) also represented England at the European Girls’ Team Championship. She was third in both the Scottish Girls’ Open and the Fairhaven Trophy and also sixth at the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play.

Charlotte Heath, 17 (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) was a member of the winning team at last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals and also represented her country in the European Girls’ Team Championship. She was tied fourth in the Welsh Ladies’ Open, sixth at the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship and eighth in the German Girls’ Open.

Thalia Kirby, 18 (Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire) was ninth in the girls’ event at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and had top-20 finishes in both the Scottish Women’s Open and the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play. She also reached the third round of the English Women’s Amateur.

Issy Simpson, 17 (Roehampton, Surrey) was second at both the Scottish Girls’ Open and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. She qualified for the match play stage of the English Women’s Amateur Championship.

Caitlin Whitehead, 16 (Carus Green, Cumbria) recently finished second at the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship. She was a member of the winning English team at last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals and also represented her country at this year’s European Girls’ Team Championship. She won last year’s European Young Masters title and the individual event at the Asia Pacific Junior Championship in Hong Kong.

Photo: Credit Vicki Head. Pictured Emily Toy.