Meet the 2014 Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup Team

Eilidh Briggs, 21, Scotland

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Registered a narrow victory over 2014 Curtis Cup teammate Annabel Dimmock with a sub-par aggregate in the recent Welsh Women's Open Amateur Stroke-Play Championship.

A physical-education student at Stirling University in Scotland, Eilidh beat Curtis Cup teammate Gemma Dryburgh in the final of the Scottish U18 Girls’ Championship in 2011. She won the SLGA Girls' Order of Merit three years in a row from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, Briggs won the SLGA's Champion of Champions tournament.

She has been Renfrewshire County champion three times: 2010, 2011 and 2013. She also played for Scotland in the Women's Home Internationals of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

At the time of her selection to the GB&I Curtis Cup Team, Briggs was No. 126 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

 
Gabriella Cowley, 18, England

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Cowley was the runner-up in this year’s Portuguese Amateur Championship. She also teamed with Curtis Cup teammate Annabel Dimmock to win the Nations Cup for England at the Helen Holm Scottish Stroke Play Championship, and was eighth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play. She won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2013, when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver, representing GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy, and helping England successfully defend the Girls’ Home Internationals title. She also represented Great Britain in the Australian Youth Olympics in 2013.

In 2012, she represented England in the Scottish U16 Championships, the Girls Home International Matches and the Ladies Home International Matches.

At the time of her selection to the GB&I Curtis Cup Team, Cowley was No. 84 in the WAGR.

Annabel Dimmock, 17, England

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Dimmock, at 17, is the youngest member of the Great Britain & Ireland Team and will be the youngest competitor in the Match. She has produced a string of excellent results in 2014, including the Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play title in April.

She followed that up with a runner-up showing in the Welsh Open Stroke Play, also contested in late April. Earlier in the season she won the Jones Doherty Cup in Florida. During her stay in the U.S., she also was the runner-up in the South Atlantic Ladies’ Amateur (SALLY). Dimmock also was runner-up in the Spanish Amateur, fifth in the European Nations Cup and she claimed the Sunningdale Foursomes. She is an England international and was a member of the winning team at the 2013 Girls’ Home Internationals.

In 2012, Dimmock represented England at the North of England U16 Championships and the Scottish U16 Championships. She also established the women's record on Wentworth Golf Club's West Course. In 2011, she became the youngest player to represent Bucks at County Match Week.

At the time of her selection to the GB&I Curtis Cup Team, Dimmock was No. 28 in the WAGR.

Gemma Dryburgh, 20, Scotland

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Born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1993, Dryburgh moved with her family to England in 2002. It was only in 2009 that she decided to take up golf seriously, moving to the IMG Academy in Florida, where she continued to make constant progress. This year, she rose 50 places in the World Amateur Golf Ranking to No. 52.

In 2011 she enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans. During the summer of 2012 she was narrowly beaten by Curtis Cup teammate Eilidh Briggs in the final of the Scottish U18 Girls’ Championship. In her sophomore season at Tulane, Dryburgh was eight under par in one of her victories over three rounds. The highlight of her 2013 season was finishing second in the British Stroke Play Championship at Prestwick. She has continued to prosper against quality opposition on the U.S. college circuit, and this past January she finished second by one shot in the South American Women's Amateur Championship.

At the time of her selection to the GB&I Curtis Cup Team, Dryburgh was No. 52 in the WAGR.

Georgia Hall, 18, England

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Hall is the reigning British Ladies’ Amateur Champion and a past winner of the British Girls’ title (2012). She shared low-amateur honors at last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, represented Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup and won the LGU Order of Merit. She was Europe’s No. 1 one female golfer for 2012, becoming the first English golfer to accomplish the feat since the rankings began in 205, and has previously represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy.

Also in 2012, Hall was a semifinalist at the British Ladies' Amateur and the French Girls' Junior Championship. She also helped England win the 2012 Girls and Women's Home Internationals.

At the time of her selection to the GB&I Curtis Cup Team, Hall was No. 7 in the WAGR, just one spot below teammate Stephanie Meadow.

 Bronte Law, 19, England

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Like Stephanie Meadow, Law was a member of the winning GB&I Team at the 2012 Curtis Cup, where she posted a 1-1-1 record at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. The England international is completing her freshman season at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where two of her Bruin teammates, Erynne Lee and fellow freshman Alison Lee, will be foes on the 2014 USA Curtis Cup Team.  

In the fall, Law won the Pacific-12 Conference Preview event in Hawaii for her first collegiate victory. She also has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and Europe in both the Junior Solheim Cup and Junior Ryder Cup matches. Law won the Cartier Trophy at the 2013 French Lady Junior Championship and was runner-up in the Esmond Trophy the previous year.

At the time of her selection to the GB&I Curtis Cup Team, Law was No. 46 in the WAGR.

 
Stephanie Meadow, 22, Northern Ireland

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Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, will join Law as the only returning players from the 2012 Curtis Cup Team. As a 14-year-old Meadow claimed the 2006 Irish Under-18 Girls title. Since then she has spent most of her life in America, which included high school. The University of Alabama senior owns nine college victories and she was recently named Southeastern Conference Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. One of her Alabama teammates, Emma Talley, will be representing the USA in this Curtis Cup. Former college teammate Brooke Pancake played against her in the 2012 Curtis Cup. Meadow has been ranked within the top 10 of the WAGR for at least three years.

She won the British Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in 2012, and she gained the winning point for GB&I in the 2012 Curtis Cup Match at Nairn, giving GB&I its first win since the 1996 Match.

At the time of her selection to the GB&I Curtis Cup Team, Meadow was No. 6 in the WAGR, which makes her the highest ranked player on the side.

Charlotte Thomas, 21, England

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While based in Singapore, Thomas makes an annual golfing trip back to England. Last summer she won the English Mid-Amateur Championship, one week after losing a playoff for the English Stroke Play title.

She currently is a sophomore at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she became the first Husky to win a tournament in her collegiate debut (Oregon State Invitational).

Earlier this season she qualified for match play at the Australian Women’s Amateur and tied for third in the Lake Macquarie Ladies’ Championship, also in Australia.

In 2011, she won the inaugural ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China with a 10-under score of 206 at the first-ever girls-only junior competition ever conducted in the country.

She attended the United World College of South East Asia, an independent, international high school in Singapore before enrolling at Washington.

At the time of her selection to the GB&I Curtis Cup Team, Thomas was No. 60 in the WAGR. 

 

 

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