Rosie Belsham and Jess Baker named in England women’s squad

England Golf has named its women’s squad for the 2023/24 season, including six new players in the nine-woman squad, who will compete internationally alongside Northumberland’s Rosie Belsham and Jess Baker next season.

The players, who have been recognised for their achievements over the past year, will receive England Golf training sessions with support from the world-class coaching team, and will feature in competitive opportunities throughout 2024.

The UK-based squad will train alongside the girls’ squad this winter, while the US-based players came together recently for a Thanksgiving camp at Florida State University with coaches Steve Robinson and Nick Soto.

Lili-Rose Hunt and Nellie Ong are newcomers to the national programme, and join Sophia Fullbrook and Isla McDonald-O’Brien, who have progressed from the England girls’ squad, while sisters Mimi and Patience Rhodes are also new additions to the squad for 2023/24.

England Golf’s performance manager for women’s golf, Becca Hembrough, said: “Coming off the back of a very exciting year for the women’s squad and players, we’re looking forward to continuing to support and challenge these women with a view to future success at World and European Team Championships for England, and individual achievements across the amateur game and onto the professional stage. The new UK-based squad enables us to have a greater impact on players who could transition into women’s England teams in those big events, and the US-based squad remains very strong with all five players contributing to women’s team success in 2023 and inside the world top-170.”

Women’s UK-based squad: Sophia Fullbrook, Lili-Rose Hunt, Isla McDonald-O’Brien and Nellie Ong

Women’s US-based squad: Jess Baker, Rosie Belsham, Mimi Rhodes, Patience Rhodes and Lottie Woad