The R&A - Working for Golf

Curtis Cup Team: Get to Know GB&I

● Learn about more the Great Britain & Ireland team selected for the Curtis Cup

● Team will face the United States in the 40th Curtis Cup match to be played at Quaker Ridge, New York

Three teenagers named in Great Britain & Ireland side to defend trophy from 8 – 10 June

An eight-player Great Britain and Ireland side are looking forward to defending the Curtis Cup, when the biennial match takes place at Quaker Ridge, New York in June.

Elaine Farquharson-Black, who will captain GB&I in the Curtis Cup for the second time following the win at Dun Laoghaire in 2016, has selected five players from England, two from Ireland and one from Wales for the historic match.

The team includes three teenagers – Annabell Fuller, Lily May Humphreys and Shannon McWilliam – alongside Olivia Mehaffey and Alice Hewson, who will make their second appearances for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup after featuring two years ago.

Mehaffery, Hewson and Sophie Lamb played under Farquharson-Black at the Junior Vagliano Trophy match in 2013. Please find full team profiles below:

India Clyburn (21, Woodhall Spa, England)

In 2017, Clyburn finished second in the English Women’s Amateur Championship and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe. She has recorded top ten finishes in several collegiate golf events representing North Carolina State University including the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Ocean Course Invitational, the LSU Tiger Golf Classic Women's Collegiate Tournament and the Dr Donnis Thompson Invitational.

Sophie Lamb was presented with her golf bag at the live team announcement in Fulford Golf Club
Sophie Lamb was presented with her golf bag at the live team announcement in Fulford Golf Club

Smyth Salver Winner

 Sophie Lamb (20, Clitheroe, England)

Lamb won the Smyth Salver as the leading amateur player at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns and finished runner-up in the Irish Women’s Open Championship in the same year. The Englishwoman also represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 2017 Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe. In 2016, she won the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Paula Grant (24, Lisburn, Ireland)

Grant is a former R&A Foundation scholar and in 2017, won the Irish Women’s Close Championship for the second time in five years following her success in the event in 2013. Grant led the qualifiers after the stroke play stage of the 2017 Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig.

Alice Hewson (20, Berkhamsted, England)

Hewson will make her second appearance in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland after playing in the 2016 match at Dun Laoghaire. She has recorded three wins in collegiate golf representing Clemson University including the Clemson Invitational, the Cougar Classic and the Lady Paladin. Hewson has won two gold medals representing England at the European Amateur Team Championships.

Lily May Humpreys makes the team off the back of victory at the Helm Holm Championship
Lily May Humphreys makes the team off the back of victory at the Helen Holm Championship

Helen Holm Glory

Lily May Humphreys (16, Stoke by Nayland, England)

Humphreys won the 2018 Helen Holm Championship at Royal Troon last week. Strong performances in 2017 saw her capture the Girls British Open Amateur Championship, the English Women’s Amateur Championship, the European Young Masters, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Junior Orange Bowl International. She represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Vagliano Trophy in 2017.

Annabell Fuller (15, Roehampton, England)

Fuller started the 2018 season with a runner-up place in the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur after losing out in a play-off to her English compatriot, Isobel Wardle. Last year, Fuller won the English Girls Open Amateur Championship, finished second in the ANNIKA Invitational and secured top five positions in the European Young Masters, the German Girls Championship and the Dutch Girls Junior Open.

Olivia Mehaffey has made the squad for the second time in the same year she has been selected for the Arnold Palmer Cup
Olivia Mehaffey has made the squad for the second time in the same year she has been selected for the Arnold Palmer Cup

McWilliam Joy in South Africa

Olivia Mehaffey (20, Royal County Down Ladies, Ireland)

Mehaffey is playing in her second Curtis Cup match for Great Britain and Ireland having featured in the winning side in 2016. That same year she won the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship and Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship. In 2018, she finished T-1 in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, her first collegiate tournament representing Arizona State University, and has been selected for the International Team to play against the United States in the Arnold Palmer Cup at Evian, France in July.

Shannon McWilliam (18, Aboyne, Scotland)

McWilliam began 2018 in good form after winning the Border Championship by six strokes at East London in South Africa. She finished runner-up in both the Helen Holm Championship and the Scottish Girls Open Championship last year and won the Scottish Ladies Order of Merit in 2015.

The Curtis Cup is played over three days with eight singles matches, six foursomes matches and six fourballs matches. The United States leads the overall series 28-8-3.