Three England internationals, Hannah Barwood (Pictured right courtesy of leaderboardphotography.com), Holly Clyburn and Rachel Jennings, have been selected for the GB&I team for the 36th Curtis Cup match against the United States at Essex County Club, Massachusetts from June 11 to 13, 2010.
English champion Charlie Douglass is one of four reserves.
The full team is:
HANNAH BARWOOD (Knowle) age 19
HOLLY CLYBURN (Woodhall Spa) age 19
RACHEL JENNINGS (Izaak Walton) age 21
LEONA MAGUIRE (Ireland) age 15
LISA MAGUIRE (Ireland) age 15
PAMELA PRETSWELL (Scotland) age 20
DANIELLE McVEIGH (Ireland) age 22
SALLY WATSON (Scotland) age 18
1. KELSEY MACDONALD (Scotland) age 19
2. STEPHANIE MEADOW (Ireland) age 18
3. CHARLIE DOUGLASS (Brocket Hall) Age 21
4. AMY BOULDEN (Wales) age 16
Team Captain: MARY McKENNA (Ireland).
Team Manager TEGWEN MATTHEWS (Wales).
Hannah Barwood and Holly Clyburn will be making their first appearance for GB&I while Rachel Jennings was part of last year’s Vagliano Trophy team.
Hannah, winner of the 2008 English championship, was a quarter-finalist in this year’s Spanish championship and the French lady junior championship. She was joint third in the Helen Holm Scottish open strokeplay championship at Troon at the weekend.
Holly, the 2009 English girls’ champion, was runner-up in this year’s Under-21 event in the Faldo Series Asia grand final in China, and has also won the Faldo Series girls’ championship in Brazil last autumn. She was also runner-up in the Dixie Women’s Amateur at the start of the year. Playing with Rachel Jennings, the 2006 English girls’ champion, Holly helped England to fourth place in the women’s event at the Spirit International in Texas last November.
Rachel, who also tied third in the Helen Holm, qualified to play in the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year and was runner-up in the Welsh open amateur strokeplay championship.
GB&I team captain Mary McKenna played in nine Curtis Cup m atches between 1970 and 1986 and, in terms of winning individual and foursomes ties, is the most successful GB&I player in Curtis Cup history.
“I am delighted with the team and it is a very good mix of experience and youth. They have all played overseas on in America at some time, so that’s a big plus factor as well. I am looking forward to it,” said Mary McKenna
This will be the 36th Curtis Cup match. United States have won 25, Great Britain & Ireland seven, and there have been three drawn matches.
GB&I’s last Curtis Cup victory was at Killarney in 1996 when they won 11 ½-6 ½. They retained the trophy with a drawn match (9-9) at Chattanooga in 1994, having been the winners at Royal Liverpool in 1992.
United States have won the last six – Minikahda (1998), Ganton (2000), Fox Chapel (2002), Formby (2004), Bandon Dunes (2006) and St Andrews (2008).
This will be the first Curtis Cup match in the United States under the three-day format which was introduced at St Andrews in 2008.
Essex County Club was the home club of the Curtis sisters, Harriot and Margaret, and previously hosted the Curtis Cup match in 1938 and a large number of supporters will be making their way across the Atlantic to support the team.
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photos Janos Schmidt