Whitley Bay’s Rosie Belsham named in initial Curtis Cup squad

The R&A has announced an initial squad of 12 players who are in contention for selection for the Great Britain and Ireland team to play against the United States of America in the 42nd Curtis Cup match at Merion – including Whitley Bay’s Rosie Belsham.

The biennial encounter will be played June 10-12 with GB&I aiming to bounce back from their 12-8 loss to the USA at Conwy in 2021.

Elaine Ratcliffe, GB&I captain, said: “We have selected a group of very talented players for our Curtis Cup squad and we will be monitoring their form and results over the coming months as we look to select the strongest possible side to play at Merion.

“Despite the result, there were really encouraging signs in the team’s performance at Conwy and with a number of the players returning to join this year’s squad, there is a strong foundation to build upon as we prepare for the match in June.”

The players selected for the GB&I squad are:
Rosie Belsham (20, Whitley Bay, England)
Beth Coulter (17, Kirkistown Castle, Ireland)
Hannah Darling (18, Broomieknowe, Scotland)
Louise Duncan (22, West Kilbride, Scotland)
Anna Foster (22, Elm Park, Ireland)
Annabell Fuller (19, Roehampton, England)
Charlotte Heath (20, Huddersfield, England)
Caley McGinty (21, Knowle, England)
Emily Price (22, Ludlow, England)
Lauren Walsh (21, Castlewarden, Ireland)
Amelia Williamson (21, Hunstanton, England)
Lottie Woad (18, Farnham, England)

The top-two GB&I players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking on Thursday April 21 will automatically gain selection to the team with the six remaining players announced on Tuesday April 26.