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Golf - 08. March 2008.

Three England internationals in Curtis Cup team







They will join Breanne Loucks of Wales and four Scottish players to take on the USA in the biennial match over the Old Course, St Andrews from 30 May to June 1.

The side includes 15-year-old Scot Carly Booth, who will become the youngest ever GB&I team member.

Hampshire’s Kerry Smith – who played in the 2002 Curtis Cup – is first reserve. Fellow England international Rachel Jennings, from Staffordshire, is third reserve.

Mary McKenna, Captain of the GB&I team said; “ I am delighted with the team that has been selected. It was no easy task with the quality of the squad being so high. I feel very confident that we can win the Curtis Cup on this historic occasion.”

This year, a new three-day format of play has been introduced, featuring three foursomes and three four-ball matches on the first two days. All eight players will play singles matches on Sunday to conclude the competition.

The USA team has won the last five Curtis Cup Matches and leads the series by 25 wins to 6 GB & I wins and 3 matches drawn.

Liz Bennett, 25, from Brokenhurst Manor, was the 2006 English strokeplay champion. She boosted her selection hopes early in 2007 by winning the Hampshire and the South-East championships. In the same year, she represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe and reached the quarter-finals of the ladies’ British amateur championship. She confirmed her Curtis Cup debut this year when she won the prestigious South Atlantic ladies’ amateur and reached the semi final of the Jones/Doherty Championship on the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.

Jodi Ewart, 20, from Catterick, is the 2007 English strokeplay champion and gains her place in the team following notable successes on the US college circuit. She is a student at the University of New Mexico and won the 2007 Mountain West Conference championship and was named their player of the year. She had six top ten finishes in 2006-07. Back in the UK, she was third qualifier in the 2007 ladies’ British championship and in 2006 won the English northern ladies championship and Daily Telegraph girls’ championship in Dubai.

Florentyna Parker, 18, from Royal Birkdale, is based in Germany where her father is a golf professional. The 2006 Lancashire champion highlighted her ability in match play by being selected twice for the Junior Solheim Cup team. In last year’s event she scored maximum points to help Europe beat the US. She has also helped Europe win the junior Ryder Cup. She helped her Curtis Cup selection chances by winning the 2007 French lady juniors’ championship and was runner up at the British strokeplay championship. Remaining on form this season, she took the number two spot at the Portuguese amateur championship.

Team
Liz Bennett, 25, Brokenhurst Manor
Carly Booth, 15, Comrie
Krystle Caithness, 19, St Regulus
Jodi Ewart, 20, Catterick
Breanne Loucks, 20, Wrexham
Florentyna Parker, 18, Royal Birkdale
Michele Thomson, 20, McDonald Ellon
Sally Watson, 16, Elie & Earlsferry Ladies

Reserves
1. Kerry Smith, 36, Waterlooville
2. Sahra Hassan, 19, Vale of Glamorgan
3. Rachel Jennings 19 Izaak Walton
4. Danielle McVeigh, 20, Royal County Down Ladies

Captain: Mary McKenna
Manager: Tegwen Matthews

Full details: www.lgu.org
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