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Hull To Play Curtis Cup, Team Finalized

Awareness of the Curtis Cup has rocketed over the last few weeks and it is all down to Charley Hull. The 16-year-old English golfer was dropped from the 12-strong squad when she failed to attend the recent Curtis Cup trial at Nairn but has been reinstated for the match itself.
Hull apart, the team for Nairn from 8-10 June consists of Amy Boulden, 18, Holly Clyburn, 21, Bronte Law, 17, Leona Maguire, 17, Pamela Pretswell, 22, Kelly Tidy, 20, and Stephanie Meadow, 20. The reserves are as follows: Lisa Maguire 17, Georgia Hall, 15, Becky Harries, 23, Kelsey Macdonald, 21.
No one knew quite what to expect when the selectors discussed the Hull situation last Monday before announcing their all-important octet on Tuesday.
Ultimately, they voted to have Hull in the team whilst simultaneously acknowledging that they had made a mistake in their couching of the “player agreement.” In particular, they felt that it had been a mistake to make it mandatory for a golfer with Hull’s credentials to play in the trial.
There will have been some concern as to what messages they have sent out by letting one girl ignore regulations to which the rest have cheerfully conformed. However, short term at least, they have probably hit on the best outcome in that GB&I will now be heading for Nairn with the strongest possible team.
Hull will have some reconnaissance rounds of her own over the course in the next few weeks, while the player and her parents will be having a meeting with Tegwen Matthews, the Curtis Cup captain. Matthews is obviously seeking confirmation that Hull is genuinely excited to play in the contest.
Plenty were surprised at Lauren Taylor’s omission but the 2011 British Amateur champion was nursing an injury at the trial – she could only swing the club half-way back – and was not sure when she would be right.
Shona Malcolm, the CEO of the Ladies’ Golf Union, has indicated that major changes are likely to be made to the selection process following this year’s problems.
Instead of concentrating solely on those who have come up through their national squads, she suspects that they will from now be having a closer look at players who are developing outside the system. University students in the UK, a largely forgotten bunch, are likely to come into the equation for a first time.
GB&I last won the Curtis Cup in 1996 at Killarney in Ireland.


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