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Golf - 17. June 2009.

Two England players selected for Vagliano Trophy team

England’s Jodi Ewart and Rachel Jennings (pictured) have been selected for the Great Britain & Ireland team for the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Hamburg, Germany, on July 24 and 25.

In addition, girl international Kelly Tidy; Hannah Barwood, the 2008 English champion; and Laura Collin, who reached the semi-finals of last week’s ladies’ British championship, are among the four reserves.

The team includes the 14-year-old Maguire twins from Ireland, who make history as the youngest ever players to be selected for Great Britain & Ireland. They are almost certainly also the first twins to be picked.

The full team, to be captained by Mary McKenna with Tegwen Matthews as manager, is:

JODI EWART (Catterick), Age 21.
RACHEL JENNINGS (Izaak Walton), Age 20.
LEONA MAGUIRE (Slieve Russell), Age 14.
LISA MAGUIRE (Slieve Russell), Age 14.
DANIELLE McVEIGH (Royal Co Down Ladies), Age 21.
PAMELA PRETSWELL (Bothwell Castle), Age 20.
RHIAN WYN THOMAS (Vale of Glamorgan), Age 22.
KYLIE WALKER (Buchanan Castle), Age 22.
SALLY WATSON (Elie & Earlsferry), Age 17.
1 KELLY TIDY (Royal Birkdale), Age 17.
2 HANNAH BARWOOD (Knowle), Age 18.
3 CARLY BOOTH (Comrie), Age 16.
4 LAURA COLLIN (John O’Gaunt), Age 22.

Jodi Ewart is already a GB&I international, having played in last year’s Curtis Cup. The Yorkshire golfer is a University of New Mexico student and  is ranked ninth on the US women’s college circuit. She has won the English strokeplay championship for the past two years.  

Rachel Jennings is a past winner of the English girls’ and the French U21 championships. Like Jodi, she was a member of the England team which finished seventh i n last year’s World Amateur Team Championships. This year she was close runner-up to Danielle McVeigh in the Welsh open strokeplay championship.  

There was a time when Great Britain & Ireland dominated the Vagliano Trophy matches but since 1995, the Continent of Europe team has won five of the seven encounters and Mary McKenna will be hoping her team will bring the trophy back from Germany.

Mary said “I am really pleased with my team. A great mix with all four of the Home Countries represented. Although a very young team, there is a remarkable amount of experience as most have successfully competed in events around the world.”

For the forthcoming team preparation session, the entire GB&I team has been invited to play in the AIB Ladies’ Irish Open, a Ladies’ European Tour event which will be played at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links from June 26 to 28.

Full details: www.lgu.org

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