Entries for the Championship were received from golfers in 24 countries around the world and a field of 144 players will tee it up on the superb championships links set on the northwest coast of Norfolk when 36 holes of stroke play qualifying begins on Monday.
The leading 64 players will then progress to the match play rounds and compete for a place in the 36-hole Final being played on Saturday 25 June. The winner will earn places in the AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, The Amundi Evian Championship and, by tradition, an invitation to the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship.
The field features nine players in the top 20 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking®, including Ingrid Lindblad of Sweden (number two), Austria’s Emma Spitz (number eight) and leading home hope Caley McGinty (number nine), who returns to England having competed for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup at Merio
Williamson hoping for home advantage
GB&I team-mate Amelia Williamson, who will celebrate her 22nd birthday during the week of the Championship, is aiming to make the most of home advantage as a member of Hunstanton where she holds the course record (66).
“I probably haven’t played as much there as people might think because I only joined in 2017 and I’ve been away in college, but it’s a course I know well and feel comfortable on,” said Williamson.
“The fairway bunkers are really well positioned. If you can hit a lot of fairways it makes it easier, especially on the par-5s. If you can do that then most of them are probably reachable and that’s a huge advantage around Hunstanton.
“I’ll be confident but there are a lot of great players in the field. I’m just grateful I get to play such a massive tournament so close to home. It just makes it so much easier for me to have family and friends there because that obviously doesn’t happen a lot. My grandparents will be able to come and watch and that’s the main thing I’m excited about. That will make it a special week because they don’t get many opportunities to see me play.”