Five selected for England girls’ team

India Clyburn

Five players have been selected for the England team which will defend the Girls’ Home Internationals at Donabate in Ireland from 6-8 August. The remaining three players will be picked on the final day of the English girls’ championships next week, on Thursday 31 July.

The whole team will fly out together to Ireland on Sunday 3 August.

England have won this tournament for the past six years and two of the selected players – Alice Hewson and Sophie Lamb – were in last year’s winning team. The other three are India Clyburn, Inci Mehmet and Hollie Muse and all five represented England in the recent European girls’ team championship.

The team will again be captained by Chris Pascall of Hartlepool.

The players:

India Clyburn, 17, (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, image © Leaderboard Photography) is the Lincolnshire champion and this season has been runner-up in the Critchley Salver, fifth in the Harder Hall Invitational in the USA and seventh in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play. Her sister, Holly, was an England international and is now a winner on the LET.

Alice Hewson, 16, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy where she also helped England win the Nations Cup and was fourth overall. She was ninth in the English women’s amateur. Last year she was in the winning England team at the European Young Masters, won the Scottish U16 open stroke and the girls’ title at the Telegraph BMW Golf Championship.

Sophie Lamb, 16, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) successfully defended the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies this year, with a record low score of nine-under par and was third overall in the mixed field. She was leading points scorer in England’s winning team at the 2013 Girls’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy.

Inci Mehmet,17, (Wentworth, Surrey) was runner-up at last week’s English amateur and has amassed a series of other good results this season, including fourth place in the Portuguese championship, fifth in the Irish open stroke play and fourth in the Critchley Salver. She and her partner were runners-up in the Sunningdale foursomes.

Hollie Muse, 14, (West Lancashire), was runner-up in the girls’ event at the Fairhaven Trophies and tied eighth at the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews. She is a past winner of the English U13 championship and last year won the Royal Birkdale ladies’ scratch trophy. She is the youngest-ever Lancashire ladies’ champion.