Women and girls’ teams named for European championships

Sarah-Jane Boyd

England Golf has named the team which will challenge for gold at the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford Golf Club, York, from July 9-13.

The six players are: Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro, image © Leaderboard Photography), Hayley Davis (Ferndown), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Lauren Taylor (Woburn). The reserve is Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’).

England will take on 19 teams at the championship and will be aiming to win the gold medal for the first time in 20 years.

The event is played simultaneously with the European girls’ team championship at Linkopings Golf Club, Sweden. The team is: Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Alice Hewson (Bekhamsted), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Sophie Madden (West Essex), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham). The reserves are Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) and Samantha Fuller (Roehampton).

The ladies’ team:

Sarah-Jane Boyd, 21 (Truro, Cornwall) won the 2013 English amateur championship to add to the 2012 British women’s stroke play championship which secured her place in this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open over the Old Course at St Andrews.

Hayley Davis, 20, (Ferndown, Dorset) is a past winner of the English women’s and girls’ championships. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas and has won on the US women’s college circuit. She has played in two previous European Ladies’ Team Championships.

Georgia Hall, 17, (Remedy Oak, Dorset) is the new British amateur champion and also holds the British girls’ title. She was Europe’s number one woman golfer for 2012 and is ranked sixth in the world. She won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival

Bronte Law, 18, (Bramhall, Cheshire) was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup and she made the cut in last season’s Women’s British Open, finishing tied 33rd. Bronte won the Cartier Trophy at the 2013 French Lady Junior Championship.

Meghan MacLaren, 19, (Wellingborough, Northants) is the new Irish stroke play champion, continuing the form which won her three titles on the US women’s college circuit during her freshman year at Florida International University.

Lauren Taylor, 18, (Woburn) became the youngest-ever British amateur champion in 2011 at the age of 16. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas, and recently won her Conference championship, returning home to win the Astor Salver.

Alex Peters, 19, (Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire) is the current English women’s stroke play champion and was runner-up at the recent English amateur championship.  

The girls’ team:

Gabriella Cowley, 17, (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire) won the 2013 Critchley Salver, was third in the English amateur championship and was in England’s winning teams at  the 2012 girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals.

Alice Hewson, 15, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) is the Scottish U16 open stroke play champion, a past English U13 titleholder and was runner up in last year’s U15 championship.

Sophie Lamb, 15, (Clitheroe. Lancashire) won the girls’ championship at the 2013 Fairhaven Trophies and  successfully played for England U16s against Spain last year.

Sophie Madden, 16 (West Essex) is the English U15 champion, helped England win the team event at the Irish U18 stroke play championship and was tied second in the event.

Amber Ratcliffe, 17, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) was in the winning England teams at the girls’ and ladies’ 2012 Home Internationals and tied fourth in the recent English amateur championship.

Olivia Winning, 18, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) is the 2012 Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play champion and was in England’s winning team at the girls’ Home Internationals.

Annabel Dimmock , 16, (Wentworth, Surrey) enjoyed a successful run on this year’s Orange Blossom Tour in Florida, and was fifth in the 2012 English girls’ championship.

Sammy Fuller, 14, (Roehampton, Surrey) recently won the Bridget Jackson Bowl and has had top ten finishes in recent English, Irish and Welsh championships.