English quartet given Curtis Cup boost

Four English players have been named in Great Britain and Ireland’s initial squad for next year’s Curtis Cup at Conwy in Wales.

Roehampton’s Annabell Fuller, Lily May Humphreys from Stoke by Nayland, Emily Toy from Carylon Bay (pictured above) and Prestbury’s Bel Wardle have all been included in captain Elaine Ratcliffe’s preliminary squad.

There are three players from Ireland in the pool – Olivia Mehaffey from Royal County Down, Julie McCarthy from Forrest Little and Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson.

Scottish trio Hannah Darling of Broomieknowe, Hazel MacGarvie playing out of Royal Troon and Shannon McWilliam from Aboyne complete the line-up.

Toy, Darling, Wilson, McGarvey, McCarthy and Wardle are all potential Curtis Cup debutants. Humphreys and Fuller represented Europe in the recent Ping Junior Solheim Cup on the King’s course at Gleneagles.

Humphreys, Wardle and Toy were also part of the GB & I team for this year’s Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Royal St George’s.

“We have a strong pool of players to choose from throughout GB & I and I’m delighted with the ten players in the initial squad,” said Ratcliffe.

“Each player’s performances and results will be monitored closely over the coming months and we will be looking for each of them to maintain a high standard as they try to secure their places in the team.

“There are many other talented players who can be added to this squad over the next few months,” she added.

The final Curtis Cup team is due to be announced on May 11, 2020 and will include the two golfers place highest on the Women’s World Amateur Ranking. They are currently Mehaffey and Humphreys.

A further six players will be selected by the R&A Women’s Selection. Up to four non-travelling reserves will also be announced.

The 41st Curtis Cup match will be played from Friday June 12 to Sunday June 14 at Conwy where GB & I will be bidding to regain the trophy after last year’s 17-3 defeat in the United States.

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