Curtis Cup: GB&I team announcement

Williamson and Price called up to make debut at Merion

CURTIS CUP: Tuesday, April 26th

English duo Emily Price and Amelia Williamson were today unveiled as the two new faces in the GB&I team that will travel to Merion in June (10-12) for the 42nd Curtis Cup.

Six of the side that lost 12.5-7.5 to the USA at Conwys in August have been retained, led by world No 10 Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe) and World No 11 Caley McGinty (Knowle). They were announced as automatic selections earlier this week.

Also joining them from last year is Ireland’s Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden), Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield) and British Amateur champion Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) 

Elaine Ratcliffe, GB&I Captain, said: “I would like to congratulate these eight players on their selection to the Great Britain and Ireland team. The Curtis Cup is one of the highlights of the amateur game and I know they will all put in their best performances at Merion.

WAGR Rankings in brackets (correct to April 26)
• Hannah Darling (10) (18 years old, Broomieknowe, Scotland)
• Caley McGinty (11) (21, Knowle, England) 
• Lauren Walsh (27) (21, Castlewarden, Ireland)
• Annabell Fuller (41) (19, Roehampton, England)
• Charlotte Heath (51) (20, Huddersfield, England)
• Amelia Williamson (53) (21, Sheringham, England)
• Emily Price (59) (22, Ludlow, England)
• Louise Duncan (62) (22, West Kilbride, Scotland) 
• Lottie Woad (180) (18, Farnham, England)
• Beth Coulter (156) (18, Kirkistown Castle, Ireland)

“I am delighted to have six of the girls from last year back in the team for the 2022 match and I believe this gives us a strong base to build upon. The two new players to the team will strengthen that talent base and we very much look forward to an exciting match.”

Norfolk’s Williamson (Sheringham) and Shropshire’s Price (Ludlow) have been hugely consistent home and abroad in the last two years and are certain to have a big part to play at the legendary Pennsylvania venue.

Williamson has been taking a starring role for Florida State during the winter having finished third at both the English Women’s Stroke Play and English Amateur last year. She also finished seventh at the Scottish Women’s Open.

2020 English Amateur champion Price attends Kent State (Ohio) and was surprisingly not in the selection picture for last year’s GB&I team despite a hugely-consistent run of results home and abroad. She was named in the international side of the Arnold Palmer Cup last year and last week won by six shots at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. That was her third victory of the season.

The USA team was announced the previous week and is as follows (WAGR Rankings in brackets, correct to April 26):
• Rose Zhang (1), 18, Irvine, California
• Rachel Heck (3), 20, Memphis, Tennessee
• Rachel Kuehn (8), 20, Asheville, North Carolina
• Emilia Migliaccio (16), 22, Cary, North Carolina
• Megha Ganne (18), 18, Holmdel, New Jersey
• Amari Avery (24), 18, Riverside, California
• Latanna Stone (35), 20, Riverview, Florida
• Jensen Castle (68), 21, West Columbia, South Carolina