Helen Hewlett to manage GB&I teams

Helen Hewlett

Helen Hewlett, the Lincolnshire county captain and seven times county champion, is to be the manager of the Great Britain & Ireland teams for this year’s Vagliano Trophy matches and next year’s Curtis Cup, the LGU has announced.

"I was absolutely delighted when I was called and I feel very honoured to have been asked,” said Helen who, as Skegness-born Helen Dobson, had a stellar amateur career before turning professional in 1990.

She  won the British girls’ championship in 1987 and followed up in 1989 with a spectacular year in which she won almost every major tournament she played.

She was the first player to complete the double of winning the British amateur and stroke play titles in the same year. She also captured the English ladies’ and girls’ championships and was a member of the winning GB&I  Vagliano team.

Helen, who was an England international, played in the 1990 Curtis Cup before embarking on a nine-year professional career. She won the Ladies’ European Tour European Masters and the LPGA’s State Farm Classic before retiring from the LPGA Tour in 2001 and was later reinstated as an amateur.

She still holds a handicap of plus-three and turns out for the Lincolnshire ladies’ county team.

The Vagliano Trophy, against the continent of Europe, will be played at Malone Golf Club, Belfast on June 26-27. The 2015 Curtis Cup match against the USA will take place at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin. Elaine Farquharson-Black will captain both teams, while Claire Coughlan-Ryan will be the Junior Vagliano team captain.

“I'm really looking forward to working with both Elaine and Claire, the LGU and the teams," added Helen.

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