Strong NW contingent in Home Internationals

ENGLAND have named two strong teams, with an impressive North West presence ,to defend the Women’s and Girls’ Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club on August 3-5.

The girls  are targeting their ninth consecutive win, while the women have won their title four times in the last five years.

The women’s team includes four of the players who helped England become European champions earlier this month: Emma Allen, Meghan MacLaren, Lizzie Prior and Olivia Winning.

They will be joined by the new English women’s champion Sammie Giles, Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb.

The girls’ team is made up of all six members of the team which contested the European girls’ championship, together with 14-year-old Annabell Fuller, who is making her debut at this level.

The other players are Louisa Brunt, Sharna Dutrieux, Lily May Humphreys, Emily Price, Bel Wardle and Amelia Williamson.  Humphreys and Williamson were both in the top 20 after the qualifying rounds of the European championship. The reserve is Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill).

Women’s team

Emma Allen, 19, (Meon Valley) had four top ten finishes in her freshman year at the University of Missouri. Last year she was in England’s winning team at the girls’ Home Internationals, winning all six of her games.

Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest) leads the England Golf women’s order of merit, having tied 4th in the English women’s amateur, reached the last 16 in the British women’s championship and been 5th in the Welsh strokeplay.

Sammie Giles, 21 (St Mellion) has just won the English women’s amateur and also holds the English stroke play title. She is a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship.

Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe) tied fourth in the English women’s amateur and was leading qualifier at the English women’s open match play championship.

Meghan MacLaren, 22, (Wellingborough) 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.

Lizzie Prior, 18, (Burhill) was runner-up in the English women’s amateur for the second year in a row. She won her first event after starting university in the USA and returned to successfully defend the Critchley Salver.

Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham) 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.

Girls’ team

Louisa Brunt, 17, (Royal Birkdale) won the Pleasington Putter last week, was third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and has had top 20 finishes in the German girls’ open and the St Rule Trophy

Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath) tied second in the Critchley Salver, was third in the Hampshire Rose and shared fourth place in the Sir Henry Ccooper Junior Masters.

Annabell Fuller, 14 (Roehampton) won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and was second in the Scottish U18 girls, the Frilford Heath Salver and the Spring U16 championship.

Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels) won the 2015 English U14 girls’ champion and has followed up this season with a win in the Fairhaven Trophies, second place in the Critchley Salver and third in the Frilford Heath Salver.

Emily Price, 16, (Cleobury Mortimer) enjoyed a spectacular run of three wins in a week capturing the Scottish girls’ open championship, the Leveret and the Whittington Ladies’ Trophy.

Bel Wardle, 16, (Prestbury) was eighth in the St Rule Trophy, 16th in the Welsh women’s stroke play and made the cut in the Portuguese women’s amateur championship.

Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer) was sixth in the English women’s amateur and successfully defended the English schools’ championship for the second year in a row. She was runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophies.

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