Three Scots among GB&I teams for Vagliano Trophy

Two teams have been selected to represent Great Britain and Ireland against the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy and the Junior Vagliano Trophy matches being played at Royal St George’s from 28-29 June.

Elaine Ratcliffe will captain GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy match with the hosts seeking a first win in the biennial encounter since 2005 when they defeated the Continent of Europe 13-11 at Golf de Chantilly.

Six players have been initially selected for GB&I including Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam with two more players to be added to the team following the completion of The Women’s Amateur Championship later this month.

Elaine Ratcliffe, GB&I captain, said, “We have selected a great group of players who have already this season played some wonderful golf and it will be an exciting contest against the Continent of Europe in Kent.

“We will be keeping a close eye on events during The Women’s Amateur Championship next week to determine the two players who will complete our team and it will provide an added incentive to those players from Great Britain and Ireland who are competing at Royal County Down.”


GB&I are bidding to win the Junior Vagliano Trophy for the first time since the international match for girls was inaugurated in 2011 and Maria Dunne will captain the side for the first time in the match.

The former GB&I international has selected Scots duo Hannah Darling and Carmen Griffiths alongside Beth Coulter, Darcey Harry, Patience Rhodes and Ffion Tynan to play against their counterparts from the Continent of Europe.

Maria Dunne, GB&I captain, said, “I am looking forward to working with these young golfers with the aim of winning the Junior Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe for the first time. It will be an exciting encounter and the players are very much looking forward to the challenge of playing at Royal St George’s.”

The initial GB&I team for the Vagliano Trophy match is:

Alice Hewson, 21, Berkhamsted Shannon McWilliam, 19, Aboyne
Lily May Humphreys, 17, Stoke-by-Nayland Olivia Mehaffey, 21, Royal County Down Ladies
Julie McCarthy, 19, Forrest Little Isobel Wardle, 19, Prestbury

The GB&I team for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match is:

Beth Coulter, 15, Kirkistown Castle Darcey Harry, 15, The Vale Resort
Hannah Darling,15, Broomieknowe Patience Rhodes, 15, Burnham & Berrow
Carmen Griffiths, 15, Aboyne Ffion Tynan, 16, Minchinhampton

For more information about the Vagliano Trophy and the Junior Vagliano Trophy, including scoring and reports please visit