CURTIS CUP
Meet GB&I Curtis Cup Team June 8, 2010 By USGA

Hannah Barwood, 19, of England

Winner of the English Women’s Amateur Championship in 2008 and a quarterfinalist in the 2010 Spanish Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship and the French Under-21 Open Amateur Championship. She also finished tied for third in the 2010 Helen Holm Scottish Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship at Troon. Barwood has been a member of the Gloucestershire County Ladies’ and the England U18 and Ladies’ Teams.

Holly Clyburn, 19, of England

The English Girls’ Champion in 2009 and runner-up in this year’s Under-21 event in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in China.She also won the Faldo Series Girls’ Championship in Brazil last autumn and was runner-up in the 2009 Dixie Women’s Amateur. She was the 2009 English Girls Order or Merit winner and the 2009 British Colleges Open champion. Playing with Rachel Jennings, Clyburn helped England to fourth place in the women’s event at the Spirit International in Texas last November. A member of the 2009 England Ladies Home International Team and the Ladies European Team Championship Team that won the silver medal at the. Attends Grimsby College.

Rachel Jennings, 21, of England

A member of the GB&I Team that narrowly lost the 2009 Vagliano Trophy Match at Hamburg. Was the 2008 French u21 champion and the English Match Play and Stroke Play champion in 2006. Was the 2008 Welsh u21 Stroke Play champion and the 2008 Welsh Stroke Play runner-up. Playing with Holly Clyburn, the 2006 English Girls’ Champion, helped England to fourth place in the women’s event at the Spirit International in Texas last November. Received an AASE in Sporting Excellence from Solihull College.

Leona Maguire, 15, of Ireland

Along with her twin sister, Lisa Maguire will be the youngest player in GB&I Curtis Cup history. Leona is a two-time French Under-21 Girls’ Open winner, in 2009 and 2010 and also claimed the 2009 Helen Holm. Leona beat her sister in the final of the Irish Ladies’ (Close) Amateur Championship in 2008, and the twins teamed to help Ireland win the European Girls’ team title in 2009. Leona also represented Europe in the 2009 Junior Solheim Cup Match and the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup. She was a member of the GB&I Team that narrowly lost the 2009 Vagliano Trophy Match at Hamburg. Maguire is a third-year student at Loretto College, Cavan. 

Lisa Maguire, 15, of Ireland

Along with her twin sister, Lisa Maguire will be the youngest player in GB&I Curtis Cup history. Lisa won both the Irish Open Amateur Stroke Play and the Irish Ladies’ (Close) Amateur Championship in 2009 and claimed the Helen Holm Scottish Ladies’ Open Amateur Stroke Play title in 2008. Lisa fell to her sister in the final of the Irish Ladies’ (Close) Amateur Championship in 2008. Lisa represented Europe in the 2009 Junior Solheim Cup Match and the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup and teamed with her sister to help Ireland win the European Girls’ team title in 2009. She was a member of the GB&I Team that narrowly lost the 2009 Vagliano Trophy Match at Hamburg. Maguire is a third-year student at Loretto College, Cavan. 

Pamela Pretswell, 20, Scotland

Pretswell won the 2008 Swiss Women’s Open Amateur Championship, coming from 11 shots behind on the final day to win the title. A former tennis player who took part in a demonstration with the Great Britain junior team on Wimbledon’s Centre Court at age 12, she switched to golf in 2003. She played on the GB&I Team that narrowly lost the 2009 Vagliano Trophy Match at Hamburg. Prestwell is in her junior year at Glasgow University, studying business and management. In 2008, she was the Scottish Universities champion. 

Danielle McVeigh, 22, of Ireland

McVeigh’s victory in the ‘Helen Holm’ at Troon on Sunday was her second big win on a Scottish links within a year. She won te 2010 Scottish Open Strokeplay, the 2009 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play and the 2009 Welsh Open Amateur Stroke Play. McVeigh won the World Student Women’s title in Thailand in 2007 and was a member of the GB&I Team that narrowly lost the 2009 Vagliano Trophy Match at Hamburg. She is a member of the Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarship program at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth where she is a second-year student, studying Business and Management. She played for two years on the U.S. college circuit as a student at Texas A&M.

Sally Watson, 18, of Scotland

The only repeat player on the GB&I Team, Watson played on the 2008 squad at St. Andrews and earned a 3-2 record. She was also a member of the GB&I Team that narrowly lost the 2009 Vagliano Trophy Match at Hamburg, and played on two European Junior Solheim Cups, in 2007 and 2009. Watson has been competing in the USA for several years and recently concluded her freshman year at Stanford University, where she earned All-Pac-10 second-team honors. She had four top-10 finishes, including co-medalist honors at the Peg Barnard Collegiate Invitational, and led the Stanford team in stroke average. She made the cut at the 2008 Women’s British Open at St. Andrews. Among her victories are the British Girls Stroke Play and the Scottish Girls’ Championships.

 

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