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GB & I Vagliano Teams

18th June 2012

GB & I Vagliano Teams
The Great Britain & Ireland selection panel have gone for a blend of experience and youth in naming a team of nine for the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Chantilly Golf Club,
near Paris on Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29, 2013.

Georgia Hall ((image © Leaderboard Photography)

The average age is only 19 years even though it includes two players in their 20s. The team will be captained by Tegwen Matthews, the successful Curtis Cup team leader at The Nairn Golf Club last June, who herself played in four Vagliano Trophy matches in the 1970s and was never on the losing side.

The GB and I team is:
AMY BOULDEN (Conwy) Age 19.
GABRIELLA COWLEY (Brocket Hall) Age 17.
HAYLEY DAVIS (Ferndown) Age 29.
GEORGIA HALL (Remedy Oak) Age 17.
BECKY HARRIES (Haverfordwest) Age 25.
BRONTE LAW (Bramhall) Age 18.
STEPHANIE MEADOW (Royal Portrush) Age 21.
ALEXANDRA PETERS (Notts Ladies) Age 19.
AMBER RATCLIFFE (Royal Cromer) Age 18.

Only three of last year's Curtis Cup - winning team were available for selection - Amy Boulden, Bronte Law and Stephanie Meadow. Leona Maguire did not make herself available while Pamela Pretswell, Kelly Tidy, Holly Clyburn and Charlie Hull have all since turned professional.

New Ladies British Open amateur champion Georgia Hall from Dorset, who is the first reigning British girls title - champion to hold both these titles, played for GB&I in the inaugural Junior Vagliano Trophy match (for Under - 16s) at Royal Porthcawl in June 2011.

Also in that team were Bronte Law and Amber Ratcliffe who was joint fourth in the English women's amateur championship and was the No 5 qualifier in the "British" at Machynys GC, South Wales last week. Bronte Law was unable to play last week because of school exams.

For Gabriella Cowley, Hayley Davis, Becky Harries and Alexandra Peters it will be a first appearance in a GB&I team.

Hayley, who lost a titanic struggle to Georgia Hall at the 20th in the round of the last 32 at Machynys last week, is one of two team members who are students at American universities. She is at Baylor University, Texas while Stephanie Meadow, winner of the Ladies British Open Amateur title at Carnoustie last year, is a star member of the Alabama University Crimson Tide team.

Gabriella Cowley, third in the English women's amateur championship, was the No 9 qualifier for the match - play stages of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Machynys GC last week. She reached the last 16.

Alexandra Peters, last year's English women's amateur stroke - play champion and runner - up in the English women's championship this year, was the 13th qualifier last week and reached the last 16.

Becky Harries earns a GB&I debut at the age of 25 on the back of a very good season which has seen her win the Welsh (closed) ladies' championship.

This will be the 28th Vagliano Trophy match, played every two years since its inception as a GB&I versus Continent of Europe contest. The trophy was originally donated by Monsieur A A Vagliano for annual competition between France and GreatBritain.

The two - day match will feature four foursomes and eight singles each day.
The Continent has won the last three matches - 15 - 9 at Fairmont St Andrews (2007), 13 - 11 at Hamburg (2009) and 15 1/2 - 8 1/2 at Royal Porthcawl (2011) - but GB&I lead 15 - 11 overall with only one match drawn.

Chantilly, 24 miles north of Paris, is as famous for its racecourse and racehorse training community as it is for golf but the course is recognised as one of the best in France.

Captain Tegwen was delighted with the selections, saying "I have a magic Vagliano 2013 team and look forward to the return of the match to the beautiful course at Chantilly, where GB&I last won the trophy. My players and I will be trying very hard to do the same this time"

The Junior Vagliano Trophy match was introduced two years ago at Royal Porthcawl where the Continent of Europe triumphed 13 - 5.

The GB&I team for Under - 16s contest at Chantilly will be captained by Elaine Farquharson - Black, an Aberdeen - based solicitor who played in the Vagliano Trophy matches of 1989 and 1991 and the Curtis Cup matches of 1990 and 1992.
The team is:
SAMANTHA FULLER (Roehampton) Age 14.
ALICE HEWSON (Berkhamsted) Age 15.
SOPHIE LAMB (Clitheroe) Age 15.
FIONA LIDDELL (Westfalischer, Gutersloh) Age 15.
SOPHIE MADDEN (West Essex) Age 16.
OLIVIA MEHAFFEY (Royal Co Down Ladies) Age 15.
RESERVES:
1 ELOISE HEALEY (West Lancs)
2 EMMA ALLEN (Meon Valley)
3 BETHAN MORRIS (Tenby)
4 HAZEL MACGARVIE (Troon Ladies).
5 VICTORIA MALLETT (Sutton Coldfield).

About the Ladies' Golf Union (“LGU”)
Founded in 1893, the LGU is the encompassing body for ladies' amateur golf in Great Britain & Ireland.

The LGU Executive Council includes representatives of ladies' golf's national governing bodies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Operational activities are undertaken by a wholly owned subsidiary, LGU Championships Limited (“LGUCL”), which in particular owns and runs the Ricoh Women's British Open, founded by the LGU in 1976 and one of the five Major Tournaments for Professional Women golfers.

LGUCL also has responsibility for running British Amateur Championships and Home International events, and preparing the Great Britain & Ireland teams for representative matches, such as the Curtis Cup and the Vagliano Trophy.

Further information about the LGU is available on www.lgu.org .







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