CHARLEY HULL (16) SAYS SHE CAN COPE
WITH CURTIS CUP PRESSURE
FROM THE BBCSPORT.COM WEBSITE
Teenage prospect Charley Hull has said she has the experience to manage the expectations of representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup match against the United States at The Nairn Golf Club from June 8 to 10.
The 16-year-old Woburn Club member from Northamptonshire, ranked No 6 among the world's female amateur golfers, was initially told she would not be chosen for the GB and I squad of eight after opting to play in the first LPGA Tour major of the season rather than a team trial at Nairn.
But the Ladies Golf Union selectors decided they could not overlook such a talented layer and Hull was informed of this change of mind during the Kraft Nabisco tournament.
"I feel good because I've played in a major and I've played in front of crowds," she told BBC Look East.
"It's good fun. I enjoy it loads. Playing in front of crowds is part of what you've got to deal with when you keep playing golf."
Hull was one of only five amateurs invited to the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California, where she finished 38th with a score of one over par.
That followed victory in the Harder Hall Invitational on Florida's Orange Blossom Tour.
The England and Wales strokeplay champion, currently sixth in the world, made her Ladies European Tour debut in Turkey earlier this month, where she finished one under.
The Curtis Cup, which pitches amateurs from the USA against a British and Irish team, is a match-play competition, a style which the Burton Latimer youngster is not fond of.
"I'm alright at matchplay. I'm not a big fan of it," said Hull, who shares membership with Ian Poulter at the Woburn Golf Club.
"Anyone can win match-play. The greatest player doesn't always win match-play.
"It can be unfair. Someone can have an eight on a hole and you can have a birdie and you've only gone one up."
But she says she will be applying her youthful enthusiasm to the tournament, regardless of the format.
"I want to obviously win all my matches," she said.
"I want to have a great time. It's all a learning curve. You can even learn more from the bad games than the good games.
"I don't set myself goals really. I just go out and play. Just have fun, that's what I say."
Hull's father David, who accompanies her during competitions, is keen for her to remain grounded, but admits she has a glittering career ahead of her.
"She can go as far as she wants," he said. "She's good enough to be on tour probably now. But she's still got a lot to learn.
"She learned a lot on her appearance in the Ladies European Tour event and that was good for her against some of the best players in the world."
Charley Hull achievements
- Played on the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida in 2011, aged 14
- Finished runner-up in the South Atlantic Women's Amateur Championship and won the Jones-Doherty matchplay championship in Florida
- Won both the Wales and England strokeplay championship and was runner-up in English Ladies Amateur Championship
- Played for Great Britain and Ireland Under-16s v Continent of Europe in inaugural Junior Vagliano Trophy match at Royal Porthcawl.
- Won the Harder Hall Invitational on Florida's amateur Orange Blossom Tour.
- Played first major and made the cut in Kraft Nabisco Championship and made first Ladies European Tour appearance in Turkey
- Selected for the Curtis Cup
*Image of Charley Hull by courtesy of the Northamptonshire Golf digital magazine.
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PAMELA PRETSWELL WELL PLACED TO
BYPASS LET Q SCHOOL A
Pamela Pretswell is well placed to become the first amateur to win a place on the Ladies European Tour by finishing in the first three of the developmental circuit, the LET Access Series.
The 23-year-old Bothwell Castle GC member from Hamilton, who will play for GB and I against the United States in the June 8-10 Curtis Cup match at Nairn, has played in all five LETAS events since April - paying her own way as an amateur to get to tournaments in France, Spain, Sweden (2) and the Ukraine.
And it is looking more and more like a sound financial investment in her future as a tour golf pro because Pamela, a graduate of Glasgow University is lying second in the LETAS Tour Order of Merit with 7,366pt which means that had she been playing as a professional in these events she would have won 7,366 Euros in prizemoney.
Pamela won a LETAS event in Sweden last week and finished second this week at Kiev in the Ukraine.
Having failed narrowly to gain pass marks at the Ladies European Tour Q School at La Manga in January, Pretswell obviously worked out this plan that via the LETAS Tour she could bypass another visit to the Q School.
This will be Pretswell's second Curtis Cup match - she played at Essex County Club two years ago - and almost certainly her last unless things go drastically wrong with her plans to turn pro.
Although a past British women's amateur stroke-play champion, Pretswell has never won the Scottish women's amateur championship.
But she is so single-minded in her quest to make it to the Ladies European Tour (and perhaps the US LPGA Tour after that), that she bypassed last week's native championship at Tain to play in Sweden - and win the LETAS event.
The only Scot in the GB and I squad of eight, she will be entirely focused, however, on the Curtis Cup over the next couple of weeks as the next LETAS event is not until July 4-6 in Norway. After that there will be only four Order of Merit events, one a month, through to early November.
The top six placings are:
1 Marion Ricordeau (France) 13,445pt
2 Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) 7,366
3 Cecile Lundgren (Sweden) 6,231]4 Marjet Van Der Graaf (Netherlands) 5,840
4 Carly Booth (Scotland) 5,805.
5 Katy McNicoll (Scotland) 5,540.
"It was a great tournament in Ukraine earlier this week - first big golf event to be held in the Ukraine and great to be apart of it," said Pamela.
"The course was fantastic - very, very tough! Warm conditions first few days, but much cooler and lots of wind for the final day which made the course a real challenge!
"I've been away for three weeks now - two weeks in Sweden and straight to Kiev from there. Playing in five events on the LETAS Tour has been great experience for me. I've learned a lot but glad to get home to Scotland for a few days' rest before heading up to Nairn for the Curtis Cup build-up.
"As an amateur on the LETAS Tour I have been well looked after by the other players, almost all of them professionals. They have been showing me the ropes. Everyone is very friendly and I just l love being a part of this tour.
"It is expensive going from country to country in Europe for the tournaments as an amateur, but so is playing in amateur events."
AMY BOULDEN BEATS BECKY HARRIES IN WELSH FINAL
AMY BOULDEN pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency at the GB and I Curtis Cup selection trial at The Nairn in March.
Amy Boulden (Conwy GC) will play in next month's Curtis Cup match at The Nairn as Welsh women's amateur champion.
She won the title at Cardigan Golf Club this afternoon by beating the defending champion, Curtis Cup reserve, Becky Harries (Haverfordwest GC) by 4 and 2.
Boulden was the No 1 seed and Harries the No 2.
The pair also met in the Welsh final 12 months ago when Harries beat Boulden on that occasion.
Amy has already won the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship over 54 holes at Troon in April.
The Irish women's closed championship is not played until June 16-18 and Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), the only Scot in the GB and I Curtis Cup team, decided not to play in last week's Scottish women's amateur (closed) championship at Tain.
Pamela elected to play on the Ladies European Tour developmental circuit in Sweden instead and beat a field of mainly professionals.
But Amy Boulden is the second GB and I team player to win her national title within the past week. Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) beat Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) in a play-off for the English championship which this year switched its format from the tradional match-play to four rounds of stroke-play.
The Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Team was announced today and is listed below. The USA team has already been picked and is listed below...
Curtis Cup Art Festival by Lucy Tormey
OLDEST CURTIS CUP PLAYER HAS A FALL
AND TRIP TO NAIRN MATCH IS SHELVED
Hopes that Troon-based centenarian Phyllis Wylie, the oldest surviving Curtis Cup player on either side of the Atlantic, would be well enough to be taken on even a day trip to Nairn during the week of the June 8-10 match against the United States have receded.
Essex-born Phyl Wade, whose husband, a Scot, Surgeon-Capt J L Wylie, died many years ago, lives in a big house opposite the 17th hole at Royal Troon Golf Club. She had a fall recently and is now in hospital.
Ladies Golf Union chief executive and herself a Troon resident, Shona Malcolm said:
"While we would love to have Phyl with us in Nairn, it seems unlikely that she'll be able to make the trip. She is currently in the Biggart Hospital in Prestwick, convalescing after a recent fall in her home.
"She is, however, extremely interested in what's going on and I know some of the ladies from her golf club in Troon were taking her Curtis Cup badges and golf results from last weekend's Helen Holm tournament. Everyone involved in the Curtis Cup wishes Phyl a speedy recovery."
As Phyl Wade she was English champion in 1934 and played in the six-a-side Curtis Cup match of 1938 at Essex County Club, near Boston, Massachusetts - the home club of the Curtis sisters who donated the trophy.
Phyl's GB & I team-mates were Jessie Anderson (Valentine), Helen Holm, Nan Baird, Elsie Corlett and Claire Tiernan. Phyl was married in 1939 and she and her husband set up home at Stewarton, Ayrshire.
Phyl became a member of Troon Ladies and the Ayrshire women's county team for many post-war years. She won the county title in 1954, beating Helen Holm in the final. Mrs Wylie has been captain and present of the country over the years and is an honorary member of Troon Ladies and her original club, Parkstone, near Bournemouth.
GB&I led 2 1/2-1/2 at the end of the first day but lost five of the six singles and the Americans, whose team included names such as Patty Berg and Glenna Collett Vare, won 5 1/2-3 1/2.
Phyl was a guest of honour at St Andrews during the 2008 match played over the Old Course and met up with other past Curtis Cup players - of a different vintage - to have lunch in the R&A clubhouse. Her biggest thrill was holding the Curtis Cup trophy after all these years.
She will celebrate her 101st birthday in August. Last year the Troon Ladies club put on a special 100th birthday party for her in the clubhouse.
+Picture of Phyl Wylie with Curtis Cup was taken at St Andrews during the week of the 2008 match over the Old Course.
Spelling note: "Phyl" seems short for Phyllis but her first name is also frequently spelled "Phil." You pays your money ...
CHARLEY HULL (only 16) NOW RANKED NUMBER 3
IN WORLD WOMEN'S AMATEUR GOLF
Only 16 years old - her birthday was in March - Charley Hull has moved up to No 3 in the Women's World Amateur Rankings, administered by the R and A, and the USGA.
Charley was No 4 last week and has automatically moved up a place in the weekly revision of the rankings following the decision of former No 1 and latterly No 2, Cecilia Cho (New Zealand and South Korea) to turn pro and play on the South Korean circuit.
So, barring any major upheaval in form, Great Britain and Ireland will have the highest ranked player in their line-up at the 37th Curtis Cup match at The Nairn June 8-10.
The highest rated American in this week's rankings is No 5 Austin Ernst, a student at Louisiana State University. The Americans also have the No 7, Lindy Duncan (Duke University) but GB and I have the next three in the rankings - No 8 Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell), No 12 Stephanie Meadow (Alabama University) and weekend Helen Holm Trophy winner, Amy Boulden (Conwy).
THIS WEEK'S WOMEN'S WORLD RANKINGS
+GB and I Curtis Cup team members in blue print
+US Curtis Cup team members in red print
1 Lydia Ko (New Zealand)
2 Kim Williams (South Africa)
3 Charley Hull (England - Woburn)
4 Minjee Lee (Australia).
5 Austin Ernst (US - Louisiana State University)
6 Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand)
7 Lindy Duncan (US - Duke University)
8 Leona Maguire (Ireland - Slieve Russell)
9 Nobuhle Diamini (Switzerland)
10 Hy-Joo Kim (South Korea)
11 Breanna Elliott (Australia)
12 Stephanie Meadow (Ireland - Royal Portrush/Alabama University)
13 Amy Boulden (Wales - Conwy)
14 Jaye Marie Green (US)
15 Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand)
16 Whitney Hillier (Australia)
17 Marta Silva Zamora (Spain)
18 Brooke Pancake (US - Alabama University)
19 Nicole Morales (US)
20 Lauren Taylor (England - Woburn)
21 Tiffany Lua (US - University of California-Los Angeles)
26 Holly Clyburn (England - Woodhall Spa)
27 Erica Popson (US - Tennessee University)
35 Amy Anderson (US - North Dakota State University)
36 Emily Tubert (US - Arkansas University)
37 Bronte Law (England - Bramhall).
50 Lisa McCloskey (US - Southern California University)
55 Pamela Pretswell (Scotland - Bothwell Castle)
114 Kelly Tidy (England - Royal Birkdale).
The Ladies’ Golf Union International Selection Panel has today named a Great Britain &
Ireland team for the 37th Curtis Cup match against the United
States at The Nairn Golf Club, Scotland from June 8 to 10, 2012.
AMY BOULDEN (Conwy GC). Age 18.
HOLLY CLYBURN (Woodhall Spa GC). Age 20.
CHARLEY HULL (Woburn GC). Age 15.
BRONTE LAW (Bramhall GC). Age 16.
LEONA MAGUIRE (Slieve Russell GC). Age 17.
PAMELA PRETSWELL (Bothwell Castle). Age 22.
KELLY TIDY (Royal Birkdale GC). Age 19.
STEPHANIE MEADOW (Royal Portrush GC). Age 20.
LISA MAGUIRE (Slieve Russell GC). Age 17.
GEORGIA HALL (Remedy Oak GC). Age 15.
BECKY HARRIES (Haverfordwest GC). Age 23.
KELSEY MACDONALD (Nairn Dunbar GC). Age 21
Captain Tegwen Matthews
Team Manager Anna Hubbard
2012 USA Curtis Cup Team
Amy Anderson, 19, Oxbow, N.D.
Amy Anderson burst onto the national golf scene with her victory at the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, where she defeated 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Kimberly Kim in the final. She made the cut at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at The Broadmoor, where her opening-round 68 put her in second place. Anderson also advanced to match play at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships.
Anderson is a junior at North Dakota State University, where she is majoring in accounting. She qualified for the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship as an individual in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, she received the Elite 88 Award, which is presented to the championship participant with the highest grade-point average. Anderson is the two-time Summit League Golfer of the Year, and she earned second-team All-America honors in 2011 from the National Golf Coaches Association. She was named honorable mention in 2010. Her final-round 67 at the Campbell Fighting Camel Classic set a NDSU record and clinched her third win of the 2011-2012 season and the 13th of her collegiate career.
Anderson is the daughter of Mark and Twyla Anderson. Her brother, Nathan, is a member of NDSU’s men’s golf team. She was born July 10, 1992, in Oxbow, N.D.
Lindy Duncan, 21, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lindy Duncan made the cut at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, and also competed in the 2009 Women’s Open. She was a semifinalist at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur at age 15 and has competed in that championship each year since. She also appeared in four U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships.
Duncan is a junior at Duke University, where she is majoring in psychology. She is the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, and was named to the NGCA’s All-America first team in 2010 and 2011, making her only the sixth Duke player to receive those honors as a freshman and a sophomore. Duncan has won three collegiate tournaments for the Blue Devils, including the 2011 NCAA Fall Preview, and captured the 2010 Dixie Amateur Championship.
Duncan is the daughter of David Duncan and Debbie Beckett. She has one younger sister, McKenzie. She was born Jan. 16, 1991 in Plantation, Fla.
Austin Ernst, 19, Seneca, S.C.
Austin Ernst captured the individual title at the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship as a freshman at Louisiana State University, where she is majoring in business. Her NCAA victory was the first in LSU women’s golf history and the second of her collegiate career, following the 2011 Central District Invitational. Her final-round 66 included her first career hole-in-one. She received first-team All-America honors from the NGCA in 2011 and was named to the Southeastern Conference’s All-Freshman Team and All-SEC second team.
Ernst advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur and has also competed in the U.S. Girls’ Junior. She won the 2010 Carolinas Golf Association’s Carolinas Women’s Match-Play and Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championships.
Ernst is the daughter of Mark and Melanie Ernst. She has one brother, Drew, who plays golf for Coastal Carolina University. She was born Jan. 31, 1992 in Greenville, S.C.
Tiffany Lua, 20, Rowland Heights, Calif.
Tiffany Lua is the only returning member of the victorious 2010 USA Curtis Cup Team. She had a 1-2-0 record at the 2010 Match at Essex County Club, teaming with Jennifer Johnson for a 3-and-2 foursomes (alternate-shot) victory over Sally Watson and Rachel Jennings.
Lua has competed in more than 20 USGA championships, including three U.S. Women’s Opens, and has reached the semifinals at the Women’s Amateur (2009) and the Women’s Amateur Public Links (2008, 2011). In 2011, she also advanced to the round of 16 at the Women’s Amateur.
Lua is a junior at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is majoring in psychology. She finished in a tie for fourth place to help UCLA claim the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. In 2010, she won her first collegiate tournament, the Landfall Traditions. Lua was named to the NGCA’s All-America second team and the Pacific-10 Conference’s first team in 2010 and 2011.
Lua is the daughter of Michael and Donna Lua. She has two brothers, Matthew and Chris. She was born Feb. 22, 1991 in Alhambra, Calif.
Lisa McCloskey, 20, Houston, Texas
Lisa McCloskey is a senior at the University of Southern California, where she is majoring in international relations. A rib injury kept her out of the 2011 NCAA Championships; however, her strong junior year garnered her second-team All-America honors from the NGCA.
McCloskey spent her freshman and sophomore years (2008-2010) at Pepperdine University, where she won three tournaments, including the 2010 West Coast Conference Championship. While at Pepperdine, McCloskey became the first women's college player to post a 54-hole score better than 200 when she won the 2008 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown with a 17-under 199. She won conference first-team and Freshman of the Year honors in 2009, and received NGCA honorable-mention honors in 2009 and 2010.
McCloskey was the runner-up to Emily Tubert at the 2010 Women’s Amateur Public Links. She qualified for the 2010 and 2011 Women’s Opens, and made the cut in 2010 as the third-lowest amateur. McCloskey also took medalist honors at the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior, where her second-round 63 tied for the second-lowest 18-hole score in championship history. She was the runner-up at the 2010 Women’s North & South Championship, and advanced to the semifinals in 2009 and 2011. McCloskey also received an exemption into the 2011 LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she missed the cut.
McCloskey is the daughter of Jeff and Maria McCloskey. She has one brother, Jay. She was born Aug. 7, 1991, in Bogota, Colombia, where her father worked in the oil industry. She is a citizen of both the United States and Colombia, but represented her birth country at the 2010 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship and Copa los Andes.
Brooke Pancake, 21, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Brooke Pancake is a senior at the University of Alabama, where she is majoring in marketing and management. She has one collegiate victory, the 2010 Tar Heel Invitational, and led the Crimson Tide to the school’s first Southeastern Conference Championship title in 2010. Pancake was named to the NGCA’s All-America first team and the All-SEC first team in 2011, and received All-SEC second-team honors in 2009 and 2010.
Pancake reached the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur, where she fell to eventual champion Danielle Kang. Following four consecutive Tennessee State High School Championship victories (2005-08), she was inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Golf Hall of Fame in 2010. She also finished second at the 2011 Tennessee Women’s Open.
Pancake is as prolific in the classroom as she is on the golf course. She received the 2011 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award, which is presented annually to an upperclassman who is both an NGCA All-American and All-American Scholar. Also in 2011, Pancake was named a Capital One Academic All-American. She is a three-time NCGA All-American Scholar (2009-11) and a two-time SEC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2010-11), and received the Elite 88 Award at the 2010 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.
Pancake is the daughter of Debbie Pancake. She has three sisters, Blaire, Debbie and Ally. She was born June 6, 1990, in Chattanooga, Tenn., and will celebrate her 22nd birthday two days before the start of the Curtis Cup Match.
Erica Popson, 20, Davenport, Fla.
Erica Popson is a junior at the University of Tennessee, where she is majoring in sports management. She is coming off a standout sophomore season with the Lady Vols, where she won four tournaments: the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship and the 2011 Bryan National Collegiate, SEC Championship and NCAA West Regional. She also tied for first at the 2011 Rebel Intercollegiate, making her the first person to capture medalist honors at four consecutive tournaments since Lorena Ochoa won seven in a row in 2001-02. Her 2010-11 success earned her first-team All-America and All-SEC honors.
In 2010, Popson tied for first at the SEC Championship, where she lost in a playoff, and was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team.
Popson is the daughter of Fred and Diana Popson. She has one sister, Carissa. She was born April 18, 1991, in Davenport, Fla.
Emily Tubert, 19, Burbank, Calif.
Emily Tubert won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in only her second USGA event. She advanced to the round of 16 at the 2011 Women’s Amateur Public Links.
Tubert is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, where she is majoring in broadcast journalism. During her breakthrough freshman season, Tubert collected three victories: the 2010 Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, the 2010 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown and the 2011 MountainView Collegiate. Tubert was named 2011 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year (along with Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow), and was also named to the NGCA and All-SEC first teams. She also earned All-American Scholar honors from the NGCA in 2011.
Tubert represented the United States at the 2011 Spirit International, where she teamed with fellow Curtis Cup Team member Austin Ernst, 2011 U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft and three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith to win the overall title. She received a sponsor’s exemption into the LPGA Tour’s 2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, where she made the cut, and finished third at the 2012 Mexican Women’s Amateur.
Tubert is the daughter of Marcelo and Lori Tubert. She has one sister, Sarah. She was born May 15, 1992, in Burbank, Calif.
The Nairn Golf Club shall be host for the 2012 Curtis Cup match which will be held over the Championship Course from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June, 2012.
The Curtis Cup match is contested by women amateur golfers, one team from the United States of America (USA) and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (GB&I). The teams consist of eight players and a non-playing Captain. The match is conducted every two years, alternately in the Unites States and in Great Britain and Ireland.
For further information and tickets on the forthcoming Curtis Cup 2012 at Nairn Golf Club www.lgu.org/championships/cc2012nairn/
Gillian Stewart 1980-1982 Curtis Cup Player & Tegwen Matthews Curtis Cup Captain 2012.
Photograph taken when the LGU visted Nairn along with The Curtis Cup October 2010.