CURTIS CUP
14 Named to Provisional Squad for 2018 Match at Quaker Ridge December 14, 2017 | St. Andrews, Scotland By The R&A

Leona Maguire (right) and Olivia Mehaffey are two players from the victorious 2016 GB&I side named to the 2018 provisional team. (Getty Images, Michael Cohen)

An initial Great Britain and Ireland squad of 14 players has been announced by The R&A ahead of next year’s Curtis Cup Match at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.

The 40th Curtis Cup Match is scheduled to be contested from June 8-10 with GB&I attempting to retain the historic trophy after an 11½-8½ win over the USA at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in the Republic of Ireland last year.

Elaine Farquharson-Black, who will captain GB&I in the Curtis Cup for the second time, said, “We have identified a talented group of golfers, including three members of the winning 2016 Curtis Cup team. Each player in the squad is in contention for selection to the team and we will be monitoring their performances and results closely over the coming months.

“We will also be closely following the performances of other players not named in this squad who still have the opportunity to play their way into our thinking before the final team selection is made in April.”

Leona Maguire, currently No. 1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™, leads a group from Ireland which also includes Paula Grant, a former R&A Foundation scholar, Olivia Mehaffey, a 2016 team member, and Annabel Wilson. Maguire won the 2017 Ladies British Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig, while Mehaffey had wins in the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship and Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship in 2016.

Both Maguire (Duke University) and Mehaffey (Arizona State University) play collegiately in the U.S., with the former winning the 2017 Annika Award for being the country’s top player. Maguire also won the Mark H. McCormack Medal for a third consecutive year last fall for being the leading female player in the WAGR. 

Lily May Humphreys, who won the Girls British Open Amateur Championship at Enville earlier this year, headlines a strong English contingent of eight players. Alice Hewson, who plays at Clemson University, is in contention to make her second Curtis Cup appearance after playing on the winning GB&I side in 2016, and Sophie Lamb, who finished as the leading amateur in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns to win the Smyth Salver, is also included.

Shannon McWilliam and Connie Jaffrey are the two Scottish players on the squad. A former Scottish Ladies Order of Merit winner in 2015, McWilliam finished runner-up in both the Helen Holm Championship and the Scottish Girls Open Championship this year. Jaffrey attends Kansas State University and owns three collegiate victories, while also triumphing in the 2017 Scottish Ladies Amateur Championship. 

The GB&I squad:

Emma Allen, 20, England
Lianna Bailey, 21, England
India Clyburn, 21, England
Annabell Fuller, 15, England
Paula Grant, 24, Republic of Ireland
Alice Hewson, 20, England
Lila May Humphreys, 15, England
Connie Jaffrey, 21, Scotland
Sophie Lamb, 20, England
Leona Maguire, 23, Republic of Ireland
Shannon McWilliam, 18, Scotland
Olivia Mehaffey, 20, Northern Ireland
Isobel Wardle, 17, England
Annabel Wilson, 16, Republic of Ireland

The final eight player GB&I team will be announced on April 26, and will include the two highest-ranked golfers in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ on April 25. In addition, six players will be selected by The R&A Women’s Selection Committee. Four non-travelling reserves will also be announced.

Player Profiles
Name Age Country WAGR (as of 11-12-17) Notable Results

Emma Allen

20

England

134

2017 English Women’s Amateur Championship (T-2); 2015 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters (winner).

Lianna Bailey

21

England

110

2017 Royal Birkdale Ladies Scratch Trophy (winner); 2016 Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship (quarterfinalist).

India Clyburn

21

England

139

2017 English Women’s Amateur Championship (T-2); 2014 Scottish Ladies Junior Open Stroke Play Championship (winner); 2014 English Girls U18 Open Amateur Championship (winner); 2014 BMW Telegraph Junior Golf Championship (winner)

Annabell Fuller

15

England

148

2017 English U16 Girls Amateur Championship (winner); 2017 European Young Masters (3rd); 2017 ANNIKA Invitational (2nd); 2017 European Nations Cup (3rd); 2016 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters (winner).

Paula Grant

24

Ireland

126

2017 Ladies British Open Amateur (medalist SP, quarter-finalist); 2013 & 2017 Irish Women’s Close Championship (winner); 2017 Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship (7th).

Alice Hewson

20

England

49

2017 US Women’s Amateur Championship (Last 64); 2016 Curtis Cup (winner), 2013 European Young Masters (winner); 2013 BMW Telegraph Championship (winner); 2013 Scottish U16 Girls Open (winner); 2010 English Girls U13 Open (winner).

Lily May Humphreys

15

England

59

2017 Girls British Open Amateur Championship (winner); 2017 English Women’s Open Amateur Championship (winner); 2017 European Girls Young Masters (winner); 2017 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters (winner).

Connie Jaffrey

21

Scotland

136

2017 Scottish Ladies Amateur Championship (winner); 2017 Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational (winner); 2014 Scottish Ladies Order of Merit (winner).

Sophie Lamb

20

England

119

2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open (Smyth Salver winner); 2016 Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (winner); 2013 & 2014Fairhaven Trophy (winner).

Leona Maguire

23

Ireland

1

2017 Ladies British Open Amateur (winner); 2012 & 2016 Curtis Cup (winner), 2015, 2016, 2017 McCormack Medal (winner); 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open (Smyth Salver winner);2016 Espirito Santo Trophy (bronze medal)

Shannon McWilliam

18

Scotland

232

2017 Helen Holm Championship (2nd);2017 Scottish Girls Open Championship (2nd); 2017 Girls British Open Amateur Championship (medalist SP); 2015 Scottish Ladies Order of Merit (winner).

Olivia Mehaffey

20

Northern Ireland

13

2016 Curtis Cup (winner GB&I), 2016 Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship (winner); 2016 Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship (winner); 2016 Espirito Santo Trophy (bronze medal)

Isobel Wardle

17

England

168

2017 English Women's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (winner); 2017 English Girls Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (winner), 2016 Girls British Open Amateur Championship (2nd).

Annabel Wilson

16

Ireland

163

2017 French U21 Open Amateur Championship (winner, Cartier Trophy), 2017 Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (2nd), 2016 Espirito Santo Trophy (bronze medal), 2015 & 2014 Irish Girls Close Championship (winner)

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