Five English players have been selected for the GB&I team which will defend the Curtis Cup at St Louis Country Club, Missouri from June 6-8, 2014.
They include Bronte Law, (image © Leaderboard Photography) who was a member of the 2012 team which won at Nairn in Scotland. She will be joined by Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock, Georgia Hall and Charlotte Thomas.
The eight-strong team will be completed by Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, who scored the winning point in 2012, giving GB&I their first victory since 1996; and the Scottish pair of Eilidh Briggs and Gemma Dryburgh.
The team is made up of:
– The top four GB&I players on the world rankings: Meadow, Hall, Dimmock and Law
– The top two players on the LGU Order of Merit not already selected from the world ranking: Cowley and Briggs
– Two selected players: Thomas and Dryburgh
The team will again be captained by Tegwen Matthews who said: “I am thrilled and excited with this team and genuinely believe it has the perfect mix to retain the Curtis Cup. Each and every member of this team has fought hard for their place and I know they all have the desire, talent and passion to bring the cup back home.” Anna Hubbard will return as Team Manager.
GB&I’s victory at Nairn in 2012 halted a run of seven consecutive victories by the United States.
The Nairn contest, which GB&I won by a single point over three days, was the closest since a 9-9 draw in 1994 at the Honors Course, Chattanooga in Tennessee. GB&I, as holders, retained the trophy that year. GB&I’s only victory when the Curtis Cup match has been played in America occurred in 1986 at Prairie Dunes, Kansas where GB&I won 13-5.
United States leads the series with 27 wins to GB&I’s seven. Three matches have been drawn.
The England players:
Gabriella Cowley, 18, (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) was runner-up in this year’s Portuguese amateur championship, teamed up with Annabel Dimmock to win the Nations Cup for England at the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championship, and was eighth in the Welsh open stroke play. She won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2013, when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver, representing GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy, representing England and helping to successfully defend the Girls’ Home Internationals.
Annabel Dimmock, 17, (Wentworth, Surrey) has soared up the world rankings with a string of excellent results this season. She won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play title just over a week ago and followed up as runner-up in last weekend’s Welsh open stroke play. Earlier in the season she won the matchplay Jones Doherty Cup in the USA, where she was also runner-up in the South Atlantic ladies’ amateur. She was runner-up in the Spanish amateur, fifth in the European Nations Cup and won the Sunningdale Foursomes. She is an England international and was a member of the winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals.
Georgia Hall, 18, (Parkstone, Dorset) is the British women’s amateur champion and a past winner of the British girls’ title. She shared low-amateur honours at last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, represented Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup and won the LGU order of merit. She was Europe’s number one woman golfer for 2012, has previously represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and is an England international.
Bronte Law, 19, (Bramhall, Cheshire) was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup. The England international is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has won on the US women’s college circuit. She has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and Europe in both the Junior Solheim Cup and Junior Ryder Cup matches. Bronte won the Cartier Trophy at the 2013 French Lady Junior Championship and was runner-up in the Esmond Trophy the previous year, when she tied 33rd in the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Charlotte Thomas, 21, is based in Singapore but makes an annual golfing trip back to England. Last summer she won the English mid-amateur championship, one week after losing a play-off for the English stroke play title. She is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle and has won on the US college circuit. Earlier this season she reached the matchplay stages of the Australian women’s amateur and tied third in the Lake Macquarie ladies’ championship, also in Australia.