Women’s Nations Cup teams selected

Meghan MacLaren

Sammy Fuller, Meghan MacLaren and Bethan Popel will represent England Golf and defend the Nations Cup at this weekend’s Irish women’s open stroke play championship.

Meghan – who is the defending individual champion – and Sammy were both in last year’s successful team.

The 54-hole Irish championship takes place at Douglas Golf Club tomorrow and on Sunday, 24 and 25 May. The Nations Cup is played over all three rounds with the best two scores counting each round.

Meanwhile, Meghan (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Bethan have also been selected for the Nations Cup team for the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews, from 31 May -1 June.  The team will be completed by girl international Alice Hewson. Once again, the best two scores from each of the three rounds will count.

The players:

Alice Hewson, 16, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) was in England’s winning team at the 2013 European Young Masters and at the Girls’ Home Internationals. She also won the Scottish U16 open stroke play title, the girls’ title at the Telegraph BMW Golf Championship and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. She’s a past winner of the English U13 title and has been runner-up in the English U15s.

Meghan MacLaren, 20, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), won the individual Irish title last year with a stunning finish of birdie, birdie, par. She is an England international who finished third in England Golf’s women’s Order of Merit for 2013. Meghan is a student at Florida International University and has won three times on the US women’s college circuit. Most recently she had a top ten finish in the Welsh open stroke play.

Sammy Fuller, 15, (Roehampton, Surrey) was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy. She had top-ten finishes in the 2013 women’s Welsh Open, Irish Open and English Close Championships and was third on the Lorrin Golf England girls’ Order of Merit. She won the U15 title in the Junior Honda Classic in the USA last winter, was third in this season’s Scottish U16 strokeplay and 6th in the Irish U18 stroke play.

Bethan Popel, 18, (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire) has had a string of good results this season, including seventh place in the recent women’s Welsh stroke play, 12th place in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play and 11th in the Portuguese amateur.  She tied seventh in last season’s English women’s amateur and shared fourth place in the English girls’ championship.