North West trio Florida bound

THE five-strong England women’s squad, which includes three from the North West,  will start their 2017 campaign on Florida’s Orange Blossom Tour as part of a plan to increase their playing opportunities.

Louisa Brunt, Gemma Clews, Sophie Lamb will link up with Georgia Price and Olivia Winning to  play in the Harder Hall Invitational from January 4-7.

The tournament is one of five events which make up the Orange Blossom Tour and past champions include Charley Hull who won in 2012.

Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Women’s performance manager, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve and do things better, particularly off the back of such a successful 2016 season.

“Increasing the number of playing opportunities for the English-based players is one way we’re doing this in 2017.

“We want to give the players greater experiences of high quality events in different environments, with the world class support of our national coach Steve Robinson.”

During the 2016 season the England women’s successes included the European team championship, the European amateur, the British stroke play championship, the Scottish stroke play, the Women’s Home Internationals – and a key contribution to the GB&I Curtis Cup victory.

The women’s squad:

Louisa Brunt, 18, (Royal Birkdale) was an England girl international who won the Pleasington Putter and had a top ten in the English women’s stroke play, among other strong results. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

Gemma Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest) had a string of high finishes last season, helped England win the women’s Home Internationals and was third on the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit.

Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe) is the British women’s stroke play champion and won the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit. She was also in the winning England team at the Women’s Home Internationals.

Georgia Price, 23, (Bude and North Cornwall) was runner up on the England Golf Order of Merit after results including second place in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play.

Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham) won the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play for the second time. She was in England’s winning team at the European championships and the Home Internationals.

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