New faces in ladies’ Home International team

Annabel Dimmock

Surrey’s Annabel Dimmock and Cheshire’s Rachael Goodall will represent England ladies for the first time when they join the eight-strong team for next week’s women’s Home Internationals.

They will play alongside Sarah-Jane Boyd, Gabriella Cowley, Georgia Hall, Alex Peters, Amber Ratcliffe and Lauren Taylor, who are all established women’s internationals.

The reserves are Sophie Keech (Parkstone), Sohie Lamb (Clitheroe), and Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted). The team will be captained by Lynn Booth and the coach is Steve Robinson.

The championship takes place at Scotscraig Golf Club, Scotland, from 11-13 September. England are the defending champions and aiming for their third win in a row – and their 21st since the competition began in 1982.

The players:

Sarah-Jane Boyd, 21, (Truro) is the English amateur champion and was the winner of the 2012 British stroke play, earning her a spot in the Ricoh Women’s British Open. She is currently leading the England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf.

Gabriella Cowley, 17, (Brocket Hall) also played in the Women’s British Open. This season she has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy, finished third in the English amateur, won the Critchley Salver and helped England retain their title at the Girls’ Home Internationals.

Annabel Dimmock, 16, (Wentworth, pictured top) was also in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. She was runner-up in the English girls’ championship and reached final qualifying for the British Open. She enjoyed a successful run on this year’s Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.

Rachael Goodall, 22, (Heswall) was fifth in both the British and English stroke play championships, which were played last month. She also reached final qualifying for the Women’s British Open. She was runner-up in the Astor Salver and is a past winner of the Critchley Salver and the Liphook Scratch Cup.

Georgia Hall, 17, (Remedy Oak) is the British women’s champion and was joint low-amateur at the Women’s British Open. Last year she was Europe’s number one woman golfer and the British girls’ champion. This season she has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup. She won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

Alex Peters, 19 (Notts Ladies) won the 2012 English stroke play and was runner up in this season’s English amateur championship and in the Welsh open stroke play. She represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. She is currently second on the England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf.

Amber Ratcliffe, 17, (Royal Cromer) represented Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup and GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. She tied second in qualifying at the European girls’ team championship, shared fourth place at the English amateur and tied seventh in the British stroke play.

Lauren Taylor, 19, (Woburn) has just won on the Ladies European Tour Access Series in Sweden. In July she won the Dutch Junior Open for the third year in a row and scored a six-shot win in this season’s Astor Salver. She was the youngest-ever winner of the British championship when she took the title in 2011 at the age of 16.

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