Players selected for Nations Cup teams

Gemma Clews

Two teams will represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at next week’s Portuguese women’s amateur championship.

Gemma Clews of Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography), India Clyburn of Lincolnshire and Inci Mehmet of Surrey  will combine for one team; while the other is composed of Lianna Bailey of Leicestershire, Hollie Muse of Lancashire and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire.

The 72-hole championship will be played at the Montado Golf Resort from 28-31 January, with the Nations Cup being contested over the first 54 holes. The best two scores will count towards the team total in each of the three rounds.

The players

Lianna Bailey, 18, (Kirby Muxloe) produced a string of consistently high results during the 2014 season including top ten finishes in both the English girls’ open championship and the British women’s stroke play. She also shared 15th place in the St Rule Trophy and 18th in the English women's amateur championship.

Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) was in England’s winning team at the ladies’ Home Internationals and won two scratch events last season: the Pleasington Putter and the inaugural Delamere Comboy Trophy. She was third in the Welsh open stroke play, sixth in the English amateur and 12th in the British stroke play.

India Clyburn, 18, (Woodhall Spa) won the 2014 England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit, sponsored by Ascot Golf, in her last season as a junior. Her individual successes included winning the English girls’ championship, the Scottish junior open, the girls’ title at the Daily Telegraph junior championship and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. She was in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals – winning all six of her matches at the girls’ event.

Inci Mehmet, 18, (Royal Mid Surrey) was also a member of the team which won the girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh successive year. She was runner-up at the English women’s amateur championship and has amassed a series of other good results last 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, 15, (West Lancashire), helped England win both the women’s and girls’ Home Internationals last year. She won the girls’ title at the North of England U16 championship and was runner-up in the English U15 girls’ and in the girls’ event at the Fairhaven Trophies. She is the youngest-ever Lancashire ladies’ champion, winning the title as a 14-year-old.

Bethan Popel, 19, (Long Ashton) was also a member of the winning team at the women’s Home Internationals and helped England win the Nations Cup at the St Rule Trophy. Her other good results last season included fifth place in the English amateur, seventh place in the women’s Welsh stroke play, 12th place in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play and 11th in the Portuguese amateur.