Curtis Cup players in England’s Euro challenge
Posted: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:32
Three members of this month's winning GB&I Curtis Cup team will represent England in the European Ladies' Team Championship in Iceland next month.
Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Alice Hewson and Bronte Law and will be joined by Emma Allen, Lizzie Prior and Olivia Winning. The championship will be played at Oddur Golf Club, Iceland, from 5-9 July.
The European Girls' Team Championship will be played simultaneously at Oslo Golf Club, Norway, and the team is Louisa Brunt, Sharna Dutrieux, Lily May Humphreys, Emily Price, Isobel Wardle and Amelia Williamson. All six are new caps at this level.
Emma Allen, 19, (Meon Valley, Hampshire) had four top ten finishes in her freshman year at the University of Missouri. Last season she won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, was runner-up in the English girls' championship and third on the England Golf Girl's Order of Merit. She was in England's successful team at the girls' Home Internationals, winning all six of her games.
Alice Hewson, 18, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) made her Curtis Cup team debut in the winning team at Dun Laoghaire earlier this month. Last year she was individually second in qualifying at the European team championship and was in England's winning teams at the girls' and women's Home Internationals and the European Young Masters. She has won twice since starting at Clemson University in South Carolina last year.
Bronte Law, 21, (Bramhall, Cheshire) is the world number four and won all five of her matches in the Curtis Cup, becoming only the second player to achieve the feat. She is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has just won the Annika Award as the top female US collegiate golfer, having already been named as the PING Player of the Year by the Women's Golf Coaches Association. She has been English women's amateur champion for the past two years.
Meghan MacLaren, 22, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) scored the winning point for GB&I at the Curtis Cup. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit where she is a student at the Florida International University. She represented Europe in this season's inaugural Patsy Hankins Trophy against Asia Pacific.
Lizzie Prior, 18, (Burhill, Surrey) won her first event after starting university in the USA and returned to successfully defend the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale. She won the England Golf Girls' Order of Merit for 2015 after winning the girls' title at the Fairhaven Trophies and finishing runner-up three times, in the English girls' championship, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the English women's amateur.
Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play championship for the second time this year and tied 12th in an LET Access Series tournament in Spain in May. She has also had top ten finishes in three prestigious scratch events and was 12th in the Welsh stroke play. She was an England girl international.