England women defend Euro title

ENGLAND will defend the European women’s team championship next month with a side which is packed with champions.

The line-up includes Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire  who was in last year’s gold medal-winning team.

She will play alongside fellow Curtis Cup player, Rochelle Morris of Yorkshire, together with Lianna Bailey of Leicestershire, Gemma Clews of Cheshire, Sophie Lamb of Lancashire and India Clyburn of Lincolnshire. The championship takes place at the Montado golf resort, Portugal, from 11-15 July.

The European girls’ team championship takes place at St Laurence Golf, Finland, also from 11-15 July. The England side is Sammy Fuller of Surrey, Lily May Humphreys of Essex, Hollie Muse of Lancashire, Emily Price of Worcestershire, Bel Wardle of Cheshire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk.

The players:

Women

Lianna Bailey, 20, (Kirby Muxloe) has had consistently high results this season, including second place in the Welsh stroke play, fourth in the Irish and fourth in the St Rule Trophy. She reached the quarter finals of the French U21 championship.

Gemma Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest) is the Welsh women’s stroke play champion and was joint runner-up in the Irish stroke play. She will make her second appearance for GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy this weekend.

India Clyburn, 20, (Woodhall Spa) is a student at NC State University and is a winner both here and on the US college circuit where she also had five top tens in her second year. She is a member of the GB&I Vagliano Trophy team.

Alice Hewson, 19, (Berkhamsted) was in the winning GB&I team at the 2016 Curtis Cup and in England’s gold medal winning team at last year’s European ladies’ team championship. She will represent GB&I in this weekend’s Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe.

Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe) is the British women’s stroke play champion, won the 2016 England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and was joint runner up in Irish women’s stroke play. She won all four of her matches in the recent international against Spain.

Rochelle Morris, 22, (Woodsome Hall) is a Curtis Cup player and is in great form this season with a series of top-five results in stroke play events and a win in The Leveret. She also reached the match play stages of the British women’s amateur.

Girls

Sammy Fuller, 18, (Roehampton) got to the quarter finals of the recent French U21 championship and has had high finishes in the Scottish, Welsh and Irish women’s stroke play championships.

Lily May Humphreys, 15, (Stoke by Nayland) has just won the girls’ title at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters to add to a string of 2016 victories, including the English U16 girls’ championship. She will play in GB&I’s Junior Vagliano team this weekend.

Hollie Muse, 17, (West Lancashire) won the girls’ title at the 2017 Fairhaven Trophies and has also been third in both the Scottish women’s open and the Scottish girls’ championship this season.

Emily Price, 17, (Cleobury Mortimer) is the English women’s open stroke play champion and was runner up in the 2016 English girls’ championship. In total she won four times last year.

Bel Wardle, 17, (Prestbury) was runner-up in the 2016 British girls’ championship and eighth in the world girls’ championship. This season she was sixth in the St Rule Trophy and the leading English player in qualifying for the British women’s amateur.

Amelia Williamson, 17, (Royal Cromer) became the first winner of the Gold Rose Trophy, given by Justin Rose, for her combined performance in the Roehampton Gold Cup and the Hampshire Rose. She was runner-up in the girls’ Fairhaven Trophies.

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