England’s ‘Famous Five’ target Curtis Cup victory with GB&I

Five of English golf’s brightest talents have been confirmed in the eight-strong Great Britain and Ireland team for the 42nd Curtis Cup clash with America.

Annabell Fuller, Charlotte Heath (main image), Caley McGinty, Emily Price and Amelia Williamson have been selected by captain Elaine Ratcliffe from the initial squad of 12 named in April.

Also included in the final GB&I selection are Scotland’s Hannah Darling and Louise Duncan and Ireland’s Lauren Walsh

England girls’ squad member Lottie Woad is first reserve for the match which will take place at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania from 10-12 June.

For England women’s squad player Fuller this will be her third experience of the Curtis Cup and her second on US soil.

The Surrey golfer made her bow as a 15-year-old in 2018 at Quaker Ridge and followed that up with an appearance at Conwy Golf Club in 2021.

Gloucestershire’s McGinty and Yorkshire’s Heath were also part of the team that pushed the USA all the way in Wales last August.

McGinty earned her place on the squad thanks to being ranked as one of the top two GB&I players on the official WAGR ranking system.

Last time out, the England women’s squad member finished as GB&I’s top scorer with three and a half points secured from her five matches.

 

For Price, the 2020 English Women’s Amateur champion, this year’s match will mark the Shropshire golfer’s debut in the biennial event first staged in 1932.

The Kent State student won three times on the US college circuit in the last 12 months and was selected for the international side at last year’s Palmer Cup.

 

Also making her bow is Norfolk’s Amelia Williamson – part of the England women’s squad who won last year’s Home International series.

The Florida State student has enjoyed three top-ten finishes on the US circuit in 2022 and goes into the Curtis Cup brimming with confidence.

 

Captain Ratcliffe is confident that a strong team will do themselves and GB&I proud when they face the defending champions on their home patch.

She said: “I would like to congratulate these eight players on their selection to the Great Britain and Ireland team.

“The Curtis Cup is one of the highlights of the amateur game and I know they will all put in their best performances at Merion.

“I am delighted to have six of the girls from last year back in the team for the 2022 match and I believe this gives us a strong base to build upon.

“The two new players to the team will strengthen that talent base and we very much look forward to an exciting match.”

Team USA head into the match as favourites having won last year’s encounter – held over from 2020 – by a points margin of 12.5-7.5.

However, the GB&I team will not be daunted by their opponents as they try to win in America for only the third time.

All eight members of the GB&I squad are part of the US college system and are well versed with not only their opponents but also the conditions they will face at Merion, the venue for Justin Rose’s US Open triumph in 2013.

 

GB&I Squad

  •  Hannah Darling (18, Broomieknowe, Scotland)
  •  Louise Duncan (22, West Kilbride, Scotland)
  •  Annabell Fuller (19, Roehampton, England)
  •  Charlotte Heath (20, Huddersfield, England)
  •  Caley McGinty (21, Knowle, England)
  •  Emily Price (22, Ludlow, England)
  •  Lauren Walsh (21, Castlewarden, Ireland)
  •  Amelia Williamson (21, Sheringham, England)

Reserves 

  • (1st) Lottie Woad (18, Farnham, England)
  • (2nd) Beth Coulter (18, Kirkistown Castle, Ireland)