Cheshire players in GB&I for Vagliano Trophy team

CHESHIRE’S Bronte Law and Gemma Clews are named in the nine-strong Great Britain & Ireland team of nine which will challenge the Continent of Europe for the Vagliano Trophy at Belfast club Malone on June 26-27.

GEMMA CLEWS:

GEMMA CLEWS:  Ready for action

The six English players in the team, captained Elaine Farquharson-Black, also include

Hayley Davis, Alice Hewson, Meghan MacLaren and Charlotte Thomas. World No 1 amateur

Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey are the Irish players in the line-up while Chloe Williams is the Welsh

representative.

Maguire, Law, MacLaren and Davis were automatic selections through the Women’s World Amateur Rankings.

Similarly, Hewson and Mehaffey, as the top two eligible players in the Ladies’ Golf Union Order of Merit, were

also automatic choices.

The LGU Selection Panel’s three wild-card selections are Clews, Thomas and Williams.

Team Captain Elaine Farquharson-Black, who played in two winning GB and I teams in the Vagliano Trophy

matches of 1989 and 1991, said: “We have the world numbers 1 and 3, in Maguire and Law,

but importantly we have strength in depth with players who have already shown that they can perform consistently well

on the world stage.”

The Vagliano Trophy was donated Mr A A Vagliano. Since 1959 it has been at stake in a biennial match

between GB & Ireland and the Continent of Europe.

This will be the 29th match in the series. GB and I has won 16 matches and the Continent of Europe 12 but

Europe is on somewhat of a roll with four victories in a row since 2007. Their victory at Chantilly two years

ago was by 16.5 to 7.5pt, their biggest ever margin of victory.

Meanwhile, Lancashire’s Hollie Muse is in the side for the third Junior Vagliano Trophy match will also be part of the programme at Malone and is contested by a team of six aged 16 and under on January 1 this year.

The match was introduced four years ago, with the support of the R&A. The Continent of Europe won this first

encounter 13-5 at Royal Porthcawl in 2011 and followed that up with a 14-4 victory at Chantilly in 2013.

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