Toy and Fuller join GB&I Vagliano team

The new Women’s Amateur Champion, Emily Toy, and fellow England international Annabell Fuller have been selected for GB&I Vagliano Trophy team.

They are named alongside Scotland’s Hazel MacGarvie as the final three players who complete the team of eight for the match against Continental Europe at Royal St George’s from 28-29 June.

Those previously selected are England’s Alice Hewson, Lily May Humphreys and Bel Wardle, with Julie McCarthy of Ireland and Shannon McWilliam of Scotland.

Elaine Ratcliffe, who will captain GB&I for the first time in the match, said: “Emily Toy’s fantastic performance to win the Women’s Amateur Championship last weekend put her straight into contention for selection, while Annabell Fuller and Hazel MacGarvie have also produced notable wins this year.

“I’m now looking forward to working with the team as we prepare for the match against the Continent of Europe in Sandwich in less than two weeks’ time.”

Toy, from Carlyon Bay in Cornwall, immediately played her way into thoughts of the selectors after winning the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down last weekend and the 21-year-old will feature in the match for the first time.

She has also recorded several top ten finishes in 2019, including the New South Wales Amateur, where she led the stroke play qualifying, the Italian International Ladies Amateur Championship, The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament and the English Women’s Amateur Championship, where she was a quarter-finalist.

Fuller, from Roehampton in Surrey, represented GB&I in the Curtis Cup and Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup in 2018. She won the Major Champions Invitational in the United States earlier this year. The 17-year-old also finished runner-up in the Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Championship and the Scott Robertson Memorial, both in the USA.

MacGarvie comes into the team off the back of winning the St Rule Trophy in St Andrews earlier this month. The Scot also has top ten finishes in the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship, The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship and the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship this year.

England’s Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) and Scotland’s Chloe Goadby have been named as the non-travelling reserves.

Caption: Emily Toy, copyright Leaderboard Photography