Great Britain and Ireland are relishing the challenge of facing the United States, and especially their 13-year-old Michelle Wie, in the Curtis Cup at Formby in June.
After the eight-strong side was announced today, captain Ada O’Sullivan said: “Every single player wants the opportunity to take her on.
“The Americans are probably the favourites but we are determined to win back the cup. We want to hold it on this side of the Atlantic so it can sit alongside the Ryder, Solheim and Walker cups.”
Emma Duggleby, 32 from Yorkshire club Malton and Norton, and Chesterfield’s Fame More, 22, are the two survivors from the 2002 side.
O’Sullivan said whittling down the 16-strong squad to eight was one of the most difficult decisions she and the selectors have made.
Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup squad: C Coughlan (Cork), E Duggleby (Malton & Norton), A Highgate (Southerndown), A Laing (Vale of Leven), D Masters (Bearsted Tudor Park), S McKevitt (Reading), F More (Chesterfield), N Timmins (Sene Valley). Reserves: L Kenny (Stirling), T Mangan (Ennis), K Phillips (Creigiau), C Queen (Drumpellier).