Three new caps for Girls’ Home Internationals

Sophie Keech

English girls’ champion Sophie Keech is one of three new caps in the England team for this week’s Girls’ Home Internationals at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire.

Also making their international debut for England are the Surrey pair of Annabel Dimmock and Sammy Fuller.  

They will join five players who all represented England in the European girls’ team championship last month: Gabriella Cowley, Alice Hewson, Sophie Lamb, Sophie Madden and Olivia Winning. 

The reserves are Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) and Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa)  The team will again be captained by Chris Pascall (Hartlepool).

The matches, against Scotland, Ireland and Wales, take place from Wednesday to Friday, 7-9 August. England are the defending champions and will be targeting their sixth successive win in this event. Gabriella Cowley and Olivia Winning were both members of the successful 2012 team.

The players:

Gabriella Cowley, 17, (Brocket Hall), qualified for the Ricoh Women’s British Open over the Old Course at St Andrews. This season she has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy, has won the 2012 Crichley Salver at Sunningdale and was third in the English amateur championship. She was in the winning England teams at last year’s girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals.

Annabel Dimmock, 16, (Wentworth), was runner-up in last week’s English girls’ championship and reached final qualifying for the Women’s British Open. She enjoyed a successful run on this year’s Orange Blossom Tour in Florida, reaching the quarter finals of the Jones Doherty Championship and finishing in the top 20 at the Harder Hall Invitational.

Sammy Fuller, 14, (Roehampton) was fifth in the English U15 girls’ championship and is currently third on the England Golf girls’ order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. She represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe and won the Bridget Jackson Bowl earlier this season.  
Alice Hewson, 15, (Berkhamsted) was in England’s winning team at last month’s European Young Masters. She is the Scottish U16 open stroke play champion and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy.  She is a past English U13 titleholder and was runner up in last year’s U15 championship.

Sophie Keech, 17, (Parkstone, Image © Leaderboard Photography) won last week’s English girls’ championship, to add to her English schools' and South West girls’ titles. She was also the runner-up in the South West ladies’ championship. Sophie previously won the schools’ title in 2011 and lost only on a countback last year.

Sophie Lamb, 15, (Clitheroe) won the girls’ championship at the 2013 Fairhaven Trophies and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. She had a top ten finish in the English girls’ championship and last year won the North Region foursomes and the Lancashire girls’ championship and represented Lancashire at County Finals, winning eight out of nine matches.

Sophie Madden, 16, (West Essex) helped England win last month’s European Young Masters and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. She was in the winning England team at the Irish U18 stroke play and tied second individually. She won the English U15 championship last year and was a member of the winning Essex team at County Finals    
Olivia Winning, 18, (Rotherham) is the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play champion and had a top ten finish in the English girls’. Last season she won the Pleasington Putter and was runner-up in another prestigious scratch event, the Astor Salver, and in the Fairhaven Trophy.

Sammy Fuller, Alice Hewson and Sophie Madden all also played in final qualifying for the Women's British Open.