England Golf has today named the two squads aiming to strike gold at this year’s European Ladies’ and Girls’ Team Championships.
Six girls will head to Iceland to represent England in the European Girls’ Team Championship from 5-9 July.
England is one of 18 teams taking part in the event being held at Oddur Golf Club in Reykjavik.
On the same dates, England’s women will defend their European crown in Wales.
England took this title in spectacular fashion last year at Royal County Down (pictured below) and will look to successfully defend at Conwy Golf Club, the venue for the 2021 Curtis Cup.
Four of the team from last summer – Rosie Belsham, Annabell Fuller, Charlotte Heath and Caley McGinty – are back to try and repeat their winning performance against another 19 European nations.
- Rachel Gourley (Arcot Hall GC, Northumberland)
- Olivia Lee (Gerrards Cross GC, Buckinghamshire)
- Isla McDonald O’Brien (Shrewsbury GC, Shropshire)
- Patience Rhodes (Burnham and Berrow GC, Somerset)
- Maggie Whitehead (Close House GC, Northumberland – main image centre))
- Ellen Yates (West Hill GC, Surrey – main image right)
- Rosie Belsham (Whitley Bay GC, Northumberland)
- Annabell Fuller (Roehampton GC, Surrey)
- Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire)
- Caley McGinty (Knowle GC, Gloucestershire)
- Amelia Williamson (Sheringham GC, Norfolk)
- Lottie Woad (Farnham GC, Surrey – main image left)
Speaking about the challenge that lies ahead for both teams, Rebecca Hembrough, England Golf’s women’s performance manager, said: “It is incredibly exciting to see a full line-up of European teams following the last two years of disruption.
“The women will be going all out to retain the title with four players from the 2021 team back again and strengthened by an in-form Amelia Williamson and Lottie Woad, who has had a very convincing first half of the year across domestic, international and professional events.
“Finally, our strong U18 team will get to tee it up in one of our biggest events and experience an intense week of the best European competition, following in the footsteps of the women who’ve shown what’s possible.
“Myself and coach Mark Day are looking forward to witnessing these six players playing for one another and their country.”