Five debutants named in GB & Ireland Curtis Cup team

The successful team at Nairn in 2012. Picture: Getty
The successful team at Nairn in 2012. Picture: Getty
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Aberdeen lawyer Elaine Farquharson-Black will have five debutants in an eight-strong Great Britain & Ireland team trying to win back the Curtis Cup in Ireland in June.

All having faced the Americans previously, world No 1 Leona Maguire from Ireland, English champion Bronte Law and her compatriot, Charlotte Thomas, will provide the experienced backbone of the home team in the event’s 39th staging at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin,

They will be joined by a handful of newcomers - English trio Alice Hewson, Meghan MacLaren and Rochelle Morris along with Irish duo Maria Dunne and Olivia Mehaffey.

Dunne, a 32-year-old, and Australian-based Thomas are Farquharson-Black’s two wildcard selections, with the others earning automatic selection through either the world rankings or the LGU Order of Merit.

A sixth English player, Lianna Bailey, has been named as the only reserve for a match taking place on 10-12 June.

“We have an extremely talented team which has considerable experience of playing amateur golf at the highest level,” said Farquharson-Black, who played on a winning team in the biennial event at Royal Liverpool in 1992.

“I am looking forward to meeting up with the team at The Castle Golf Club to prepare for the match. With some of the best players in the world on both sides, it is going to be a really exciting Curtis Cup.”

The USA team has achieved 28 wins and GB&I seven with three halved matches since the Curtis Cup was first played at Wentworth in 1932.

GB and I have won four of the last seven matches played at home - 1988 (Royal St George’s), 1992 (Royal Liverpool), 1996 (Killarney) and 2012 (Nairn).