Leading England players named for three championships

Leading players have just been selected to represent England in three international championships.

They are:

The Italian Women’s International at Is Molas Golf Club from 20–23 March:  Georgina Blackman of Essex, Annabell Fuller of Surrey, Cara Gainer of Oxfordshire, Lily May Humphreys of Essex, Caley McGinty of Gloucestershire and Emily Toy of Cornwall.

The Scottish U18 Girls’ Championship at St. Andrews Eden Golf Club from 10 – 12 April: Rafiah Banday of Surrey, Jess Baker and Rosie Belsham (pictured) of Northumberland, Scottish-based Ellie Gower, Thalia Kirby of Buckinghamshire and Caitlin Whitehead of Cumbria.

The French U21 Women’s Championship at St Cloud from 18-22 April: Emily Brennan of Staffordshire, Lily May Humphreys, Charlotte Heath of Yorkshire, Caley McGinty, Mimi Rhodes of Somerset and Caitlin Whitehead.

All the players are members of England Golf national squads.

The players:

Jess Baker, 16, (Gosforth Park Ladies’) was joint runner-up in the English U16 Girls’ Championship and 10th in the Scottish Girls’ Championship.

Rafiah Banday, 15, (Royal Mid-Surrey) won the 2018 Midland U16 Championship and was joint runner-up in the English U16 Girls’.

Rosie Belsham, 17, (Whitley Bay) was runner-up in the Scottish Girls’ last year, third in the North of England U16s and sixth in the English U16s.

Georgina Blackman, 22, (Chelmsford) is the English Women’s Amateur Champion and followed up this year with third place in the Portuguese Women’s Amateur.

Emily Brennan, 19, (Trentham) was ninth in the 2019 South American Amateur, having been runner-up in the St Rule Trophy last year and a semi-finalist in the English Women’s Match Play.

Annabell Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) is a Curtis Cup player who has just won the girls’ championship at the Major Champions Invitational in Florida, was third in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational and fourth in the Annika Invitational USA.

Cara Gainer, 23, (Castle Royle) was fourth in the New South Wales Stroke Play and reached the last eight in the NSW Amateur. She tied fourth in the 2018 English Women’s Amateur.

Ellie Gower, 16 (Gleneagles) won the North of England U16 Girls’ Open and was joint runner-up in the English U16s and sixth in the Fairhaven Trophies.

Charlotte Heath, 17, (Huddersfield), won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, and was a semi-finalist in the British Girls’ Amateur Championship.

Lily May Humphreys, 16, (Stoke by Nayland) is a Curtis Cup player and the Scottish women’s open champion. She represented Team GB in the Youth Olympics.

Thalia Kirby, 18, (Stoke Park), was third in the Welsh Women’s Open and had top tens in the Liphook Scratch Cup, Critchley Salver and Roehampton Gold Cup.

Caley McGinty, 18, (Knowle) won the U18 prize at last year’s St Rule Trophy, where she was 10th overall. She also had top ten finishes in the Irish and Welsh women’s opens.

Mimi Rhodes, 17, (Burnham & Berrow), reached the last 16 in the British Girls’ Championship and was fourth in the English Girls’ Championship.

Emily Toy, 21, (Carlyon Bay) won the 2019 New South Wales Stroke Play Championship and was fourth in the English Women’s Amateur.

Caitlin Whitehead, 16, (Carus Green), won the 2018 European Young Masters, the Asia Pacific Junior Championship and the West of England Open.

Caption: Rosie Belsham (image copyright Leaderboard Photography).