Five England players have been picked for the GB&I team of eight which will defend the Curtis Cup in June’s match against the USA.
They are India Clyburn, Annabell Fuller, Alice Hewson, Lily May Humphreys and Sophie Lamb. The team is completed by Ireland’s Olivia Mahaffey and Paula Grant and by Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam.
Fuller, 15, and Humphreys, 16, are the youngest members of the team – but bring much experience and success with them.
Humphreys has just won the Scottish women’s open, to add to her English women’s amateur title and other wins in Europe and the USA. Fuller was the youngest player for Europe in the women’s Patsy Hankins Trophy match against Asia Pacific – and the team’s lead scorer, losing only one of her five games. She was runner-up in the Portuguese women’s amateur after being pipped in a play-off.
This will be Hewson’s second Curtis Cup, having been in the team which won in Ireland in 2016 and which also included Mehaffey.
Hewson, together with Lamb and Clyburn, also represented GB&I in last year’s Vagliano Trophy match against continental Europe and the trio were in England’s winning team at last year’s European championship.
Clyburn completes a family double with her selection, following her sister, Holly, who played in two Curtis Cup matches before turning professional.
The Curtis Cup will be played from 8-10 June at Quaker Ridge, New York. The team, announced today by The R&A, will again be captained by Elaine Farquharson Black and managed by England’s Helen Hewlett.
Farquharson-Black said: “There have been a number of players throughout Great Britain and Ireland who have been in impressive form recently and it was a difficult decision to select only eight.
“The players selected will now have a wonderful opportunity to perform on the international stage in one of the world’s most prestigious events and I’m sure that they will give their very best as we attempt to retain the trophy against a talented team from the United States.”
England’s Bel Wardle (Prestbury), who was named in the provisional GB&I squad, was unavailable for selection having decided to focus on her school exams. Ireland’s Leona Maguire, currently the number two golfer in the women’s world amateur rankings, will turn professional next month and has ruled herself out of contention for selection.
The full team to face the United States:
India Clyburn (21, Woodhall Spa, England)
Lily May Humphreys (16, Stoke-by-Nayland, England)
Annabell Fuller (15, Roehampton, England)
Sophie Lamb (20, Clitheroe, England)
Paula Grant (24, Lisburn, Ireland)
Shannon McWilliam (18, Aboyne, Scotland)
Alice Hewson (20, Berkhamsted, England)
Olivia Mehaffey (20, Royal County Down Ladies, Ireland)
Annabel Wilson (17, Lurgan, Ireland)
Image: Alice Hewson who will play her second Curtis Cup (copyright Leaderboard Photography)