Talented girls selected for U16 international

Six talented girl golfers have been selected for the mixed U16 international against Ireland at Limerick Golf Club this weekend, 13-14 October.

They are Jess Baker of Northumberland, Rafiah Banday of Surrey, Rosie Belsham of Northumberland, France-based Ellie Gower, Daisy Kennedy of Buckinghamshire and Caitlin Whitehead of Cumbria.

The players:

Jess Baker, 16, (Gosforth Park Ladies’) was joint runner-up in the English U16 girls’ championship, reached the match play stages of the British girls’ championship and was 13th in the Scottish women’s amateur open.

Rafiah Banday, 15, (Royal Mid-Surrey) was also joint runner-up in the English U16s and was fourth at the North of England U16s. She won the Midland U16 title at the beginning of the season.

Rosie Belsham, 16, (Whitley Bay) has had a string of top tens, including second place in the Scottish girls’ championship, third in the North of England U16s and 6th in the English U16s.

Ellie Gower, 16, (Chateaux des Vigier) won the North of England U16s and was joint runner-up in the English U16s. She was seventh in the inaugural British U16 girls’ championship.

Daisy Kennedy, 16, (Stoke Park) has also had top tens in the English and North of England U16s. She was 16th in the English women’s amateur and reached the knockout stages of the English women’s match play.

Caitlin Whitehead, 16, (Carus Green) won the girls’ title at the European Young Masters and followed up with victory for Europe in the Asia Pacific Junior Championship in Hong Kong. She was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals.

Baker, Banday, Belsham and Gower were all in the England team which beat Switzerland 4-2 in this summer’s U16 girls’ international.

The girls will complete the team alongside the six boys already announced: Conor Gough, 16, (Stoke Park, BB&O), Josh Hill, 14, (Jumeirah, Dubai), Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire), George Leigh, 16, (Trevose, Cornwall), Ben Pierleoni, 16, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordrshire), Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham, Yorkshire). Click here for more information

Caption: Rosie Belsham (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography)