Four girls named in England squads

Four Northumberland-based golfers have been named in England’s squads for 2022-23, with Maggie Whitehead retaining her place in the girls’ squad as Rachel Gourley moves up to the women’s squad to join Rosie Belsham and Jess Baker – who returns to the team following her win in The R&A Women’s Amateur Championship.

All six players in the women’s squad have previously represented England with distinction at junior level and the three Northumberland-based players will be joined by Charlotte Heath (Yorkshire), Caley McGinty (Gloucestershire) and Lottie Woad (Surrey).

The women, all six of whom are currently at college in the US, will take part in virtual and in-person training sessions over the winter months ahead of a busy 2023 season of international competition.

England’s women will chase three wins in a row at the European Team Championships at Tawast Golf and Country Club in Finland in July, followed by the Home International Series at Machynys in Wales in August.

Yorkshire’s Steve Robinson will once again act as lead coach for the 2022-23 women’s squad looking to build on the success of recent seasons.

Meanwhile, Maggie will once again be part of a seven-strong girls’ squad, which includes Sophia Fullbrook (Hertfordshire), Rosie Bee Kim (Buckinghamshire), Isla McDonald O’Brien (Shropshire), Ellise Rymer (Lincolnshire), Amelia Wan (Nottinghamshire) and Ellen Yates (Surrey).