Three England internationals – Georgia Hall, Bronte Law and Amber Ratcliffe – have been selected for Europe’s team for The PING Junior Solheim Cup to be played at The Inverness Golf Club in Denver, Colorado, on August 13-14, 2013.
They are among 12 players from eight countries and will be captained by Janice Moodie, who represented Europe in three Solheim Cups and won twice on the LPGA Tour.
The PING Junior Solheim Cup pits the 12 best European junior girl golfers against their counterparts from the United States. It always takes place immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, which this year will be played on August 16-18, just 20 minutes away from The Inverness Club.
"I am so excited for my team to finally be revealed,” said Moodie “These girls have proven on and off the course to be ambassadors for themselves, their countries and now the 2013 European PING Junior Solheim Cup team. With eight countries being represented we have a diverse and strong team. Congratulations girls and let’s go play golf. Go EUROPE!”
Georgia Hall, 17, from Remedy Oak in Dorset, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is the top- ranked player on the European side. She currently holds both the British women’s and girls’ championships, she’s Europe’s top woman amateur and is ranked seventh in the world.
Bronte Law, 18, from Bramhall in Cheshire, was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup and is the French U18 open champion.
Amber Ratcliffe, 17, from Royal Cromer in Norfolk, tied second in qualifying at the European girls’ team championship in Sweden. Like Georgia and Bronte, she was a member of the GB&I team for the 2013 Vagliano Trophy match.
Georgia and Amber earned automatic places in the team after finishing in the top-six on the PING Junior Solheim Cup European Ranking. Bronte was one of six wild card picks selected by the captain.
The automatic qualifiers are:
Emily Pedersen, Denmark
Linnea Ström, Sweden
Georgia Hall, England
Karolin Lampert, Germany
Amber Ratcliffe, England
Shannon Aubert, France
The six wild card picks are:
Virginia Elena Carta, Italy
Anyssia Herbaut, France,
Bronte Law, England
Harang Lee, Spain
Jessica Vasilic, Sweden
Anne van Dam, The Netherlands
The PING Junior Solheim Cup was inaugurated back in 2002 and the match series currently stands at 3-2-1 in favour of the Americans who have never lost on home soil.
The most recent match was staged at the Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Co. Meath, Ireland, in 2011 and it resulted in the first tie in the series.
Leading golf manufacturing company PING is the founder, owner and title sponsor of the PING Junior Solheim Cup and John Solheim, the company’s Chairman and CEO is looking forward to welcoming the European team to Colorado.
“The PING Junior Solheim Cup is a very special event for the Solheim Family and we send our congratulations to the 12 girls who earned the right to represent Europe against the United States in the biennial match,” he said. “With players from eight different countries, it’s clear girls’ golf in Europe is growing stronger every year. They will have an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. We look forward to meeting them in Colorado.”
Further information about The PING Junior Solheim Cup can be found on www.solheimcupeurope.com