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Five English players selected for Curtis Cup team

Five English players have been selected for the GB&I team of eight which will take on the USA in the 39th Curtis Cup match at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin from June 10 to 12. 

They are world number four Bronte Law of Cheshire (pictured), Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Rochelle Morris of Yorkshire and Surrey-born Charlotte Thomas. 

This will be Law’s third appearance in a Curtis Cup team, having made her debut in the winning side at Nairn in 2012; and a second consecutive appearance for Thomas.

The team will be completed by three Irish players: world number one Leona Maguire, Olivia Mehaffey and Maria Dunne. 

Six of the players were selected automatically. They were the top four GB&I players on the World Amateur Golf Ranking – Maguire (1), Law (4), Mehaffey (9) and Hewson (36); and the top two players not otherwise exempt from the LGU order of merit – MacLaren and Morris. Thomas and Dunne were selectors’ picks. 

The team will be captained by Aberdeen solicitor Elaine Farquharson-Black (Deeside), who played in the 1990 and 1992 Curtis Cup matches.

“We have an extremely talented team which has considerable experience of playing amateur golf at the highest level,” said Elaine. “I am looking forward to meeting up with the team at The Castle Golf Club to prepare for the match. With some of the best players in the world on both sides, it is going to be a really exciting Curtis Cup.

Manager of the GB&I team is Lincolnshire’s Helen (Dobson) Hewlett who played in the 1990 Curtis Cup match and also won the 1989 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.

The United States leads the Curtis Cup series with 28 wins to GB&I’s seven. Three matches have been drawn.

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