The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

McWil­liam makes grade for Curtis Cup

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Aboyne’s Shan­non McWil­liam has been named in the Great Bri­tain and Ireland team which will at­tempt to de­fend the Curtis Cup against United States at Quaker Ridge in New York this sum­mer.

McWil­liam is the only Scot se­lected by cap­tain Elaine Far­quhar­son-Black, who is look­ing to spear­head an­other tri­umph af­ter over­see­ing the 11∫-8∫ vic­tory at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland in 2016.

The in­clu­sion of 18-year-old McWil­liam marks the first Scot­tish se­lec­tion in the Curtis Cup since 2014, when Gemma Dry­burgh and Eilidh Briggs were part of a los­ing GB&I side at Mis­souri.

McWil­liam is joined by five se­lec­tions from Eng­land, in­clud­ing 16-year-old Lily May Humphrey, who won the Girls Bri­tish open am­a­teur cham­pi­onship and English women’s am­a­teur cham­pi­onship last year, as well as two from Ireland.

McWil­liam’s run­nerup fin­ish to Humphrey at last week’s He­len Holm Tro­phy in Troon ef­fec­tively se­cured her place, fol­low­ing a good start to the year which saw her em­phat­i­cally win the Bor­der Cham­pi­onship in South Africa.

Aberdeen’s Far­quhar­son-Black said: “There have been a num­ber of play­ers through­out Great Bri­tain and Ireland who have been in im­pres­sive form re­cently and it was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to se­lect only eight.

“The play­ers se­lected will now have a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to per­form on the in­ter­na­tional stage in one of the world’s most pres­ti­gious events and. I’m sure they will give their very best as we at­tempt to re­tain the tro­phy against a tal­ented team from the United States.” l Matt Wal­lace reaped the re­wards of putting the Ry­der Cup firmly to the back of his mind with an open­ing round of 65 in the China Open. That gave the 28-year-old English­man a share of sec­ond place, a shot be­hind sur­prise leader Dax­ing Jin, of China.

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