DURHAM, N.C. – For fifth time over her impressive amateur career, Duke University senior Leona Maguire has been selected to the initial Great Britain and Ireland squad for the 2018 Curtis Cup, which will be played June 8-10, 2018 at Quaker Ridge, N.Y.
Maguire, a native of Cavan, Ireland, was one of 14 golfers named by the R&A Thursday. The GB&I team is coming off an 11 ½ to 8 ½ win over the United States at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland in 2016. Of the 2018 selections, three were members of the victorious 2016 Curtis Cup squad.
Currently the No. 1 ranked amateur golfer in the world, Maguire played in the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Curtis Cup competitions. She was selected to the 2014 team, but did not compete due to school conflicts. Maguire is a two-time National Player of the Year at Duke and owns nine collegiate victories.
Other selections to the initial roster were Emma Allen, Connie Jaffrey, Lianna Bailey, Sophie Lamb, India Clyburn, Annabell Fuller, Shannon McWilliam, Paula Grant, Olivia Mehaffey, Alice Hewson, Isobel Wardle, Lily May Humpyhreys and Annabel Wilson.
The final eight selections for the GB&I team will be announced on April 26, 2018 and will include the two golfers who are placed highest in the World Amateur Golf Ranking on April 25. The other six players will be selected by The R&A Women’s Selection Committee. Up to four non-travelling reserves will also be announced.
The Curtis Cup is a biennial eight-woman amateur team competition between a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States. It is played over two days with eight singles matches, six foursomes matches and six four ball matches. The United States leads the overall series 28-8-3.