England’s leading women and girls set for 2020 season

England Golf has today named the players who will make up the women’s and girls’ squads for 2020.

Four of the country’s top talents will lead the way for the women in the season ahead.

Reigning Women’s Amateur champion Emily Toy is named alongside a three-time 2019 tournament winner and Curtis Cup player, Lily May Humphreys.

Charlotte Heath, who started this year by winning the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship, is joined by the 2019 Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Masters winner, Mimi Rhodes. All four are pictured above.

The girls’ squad features real strength in depth. Northumberland trio Rosie Belsham, Jess Baker and Rachel Gourley are joined by Surrey’s Lottie Woad and Rafiah Banday.

Cumbria’s Caitlin Whitehead and US-based Ellie Gower complete the seven-strong squad.

Women’s performance manager, Rebecca Hembrough, insists the job of selecting the squads for 2020 was trickier than ever due to the quality of players at all levels of the women’s and girls’ game.

“We are very excited to finally announce the national squads for 2020,” said Hembrough.

“They are a strong and dedicated group of young women that have been challenging themselves and one another with the support of the coaching programme since October.

“There were some extremely tough decisions to make, but the squad sizes were reduced to provide more individualised coaching support with an eye on a big year at the Europeans, Home Internationals and World Amateur Team Championships.

“We fully envisage selections to continue to be very competitive this year and we’re really excited by this.”

The Club de Golf Escorpion in Valencia, Spain will stage the European Ladies’ Team Championships between July 7-11.

On the same dates, the European Girls’ Team Championships will take place at Rosa GC in Poland.

The Home Internationals will take place at Royal St David’s Golf Club in Harlech, Wales between August 5-7. England’s women and girls will defend titles won last year at a rain-soaked Downfield Golf Club in Dundee.

The 2020 World Amateur Team championships will be held at the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore between October 14-17 after organisers switched the event from its original venue in Hong Kong. 

Both the women’s and girls’ squads will fly to Quinta Do Lago in Portugal over the coming days for a warm-weather training camp as they continue preparations for the season.

Next week, the women’s overseas squad – comprising of players based abroad and completing studies – will also be announced.

Women’s squad

Charlotte Heath (aged 18) – Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire

Lily May Humphreys (aged 17) – Stoke by Nayland GC, Essex

Mimi Rhodes (aged 18) – Burnham and Berrow GC, Somerset

Emily Toy (aged 22) – Carlyon Bay GC, Cornwall

Girls’ squad

Jess Baker (aged 17) – Gosforth Park Ladies GC, Northumberland

Rafiah Banday (aged 16) – Royal Mid Surrey GC, Surrey

Rosie Belsham (aged 18) – Whitley Bay GC, Northumberland

Rachel Gourley (aged 15) – Arcot Hall GC, Northumberland

Ellie Gower (aged 17) –  based in America

Caitlin Whitehead (aged 17) – Carus Green GC, Cumbria

Lottie Woad (aged 16) – Farnham GC, Surrey