Yorkshire golf: Rochelle Morris rewarded with place in GB&I Curtis Cup team

Woodsome Hall GC's Rochelle Morris.
Woodsome Hall GC's Rochelle Morris.

WOODSOME Hall's Rochelle Morris has been selected to play for Great Britain & Ireland against the USA in the 39th Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire GC, near Dublin, from June 10-12.

Morris was the runner-up in two national championships last year, the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Hunstanton GC and the English Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship at St Anne’s Old Links.

She was also second qualifier for the English women’s open match play at Trentham.

This year, Morris has placed second in the Leveret Trophy, the prestigious stroke play event which is one of the season’s curtain raisers, and also reached the match play stages of the French Under-21 championship.

After several near misses, being picked for GB&I to play in the Curtis Cup - the pinnacle of women's amateur golf - will buoy her as she looks to make a breakthrough by lifting a national title.

She will line-up alongside three players with past experience in the biennial transatlantic women's amateur international contest in world No 1 Leona Maguire (Ireland), English champion Bronte Law and Charlotte Thomas, also of England.

Morris will be one of five newcomers to Curtis Cup action along with Maria Dunne (Skerries), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies).

The team will be captained by Aberdeen solicitor Elaine Farquharson-Black (Deeside), who played in the 1990 and 1992 Curtis Cup matches.

"We have an extremely talented team, which has considerable experience of playing amateur golf at the highest level," said Farquharson-Black.

"I am looking forward to meeting up with the team at The Castle Golf Club to prepare for the match. With some of the best players in the world on both sides, it is going to be a really exciting Curtis Cup."

Manager of the GB&I team is Helen (Dobson) Hewlett, who played in the 1990 Curtis Cup match and also won the 1989 Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship.

The USA team has achieved 28 wins and GB&I seven with three halved matches since the Curtis Cup, presented by American sisters, Margaret and Harriot S Curtis, to the LGU and the USGA, was first played at Wentworth in 1932.

The trophy is a silver bowl of Paul Revere Design and is inscribed: "To stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands."

GB&I have won four of the last seven matches played at home - 1988 (Royal St George's), 1992 (Royal Liverpool), 1996 (Killarney), 2012 (Nairn).