Maguire twins highlight GB&I Curtis Cuppers

Leona and Lisa Maguire during the 2009 Solheim Cup at the Rich Harvest Farms.


Young team selected for U.S. Curtis Cuppers



36th Curtis Cup

When: June 11-13

Where: Essex County Club, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

Par/Yardage: 70/6,326

2008 champions: United States (13-7 at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland)

Series: U.S. leads, 26-6-3

Television: Golf Channel, Friday-Saturday (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Sunday (2-4 p.m.)

Twins Leona and Lisa Maguire will be the youngest Curtis Cup players to appear for Great Britain & Ireland when the 36th biennial matches are played this summer.

The Maguires, 15, are two of three Irish players in the GB&I team that will challenge the U.S. on June 11-13 at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. The other is Danielle McVeigh, winner of the Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship.

The Maguires were expected to make the GB&I side. They were part of the GB&I team for last summer’s Vagliano Trophy, a match that pits GB&I amateurs against Continental European opponents. Leona retained the French Under-21 Girls’ Open title earlier this month. Lisa won the Irish Open Amateur Stroke Play and the Irish Ladies’ Amateur Championship last year.

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Courtesy Stanford athletics

Stanford freshman Sally Watson

Scotland’s Sally Watson is the only member of the 2008 GB&I team that will return for the 2010 squad. Watson, a freshman at Stanford who led the Cardinal in scoring average this season, was named last week to the All-Pac-10 women’s second team.

Watson is joined on the team by fellow Scot Pamela Pretswell, a student at Glasgow University. Three English players – Rachel Jennings, Hannah Barwood and Holly Clyburn – complete the eight-woman team.

Scotland’s Carly Booth became the youngest GB&I Curtis Cup player in 2008 when she made her debut as a 16-year-old. The Maguire twins don’t turn 16 until November, so all eyes will be on the 15-year-olds. American Michelle Wie remains the youngest Curtis Cup player. She was only 14 when she appeared at Formby in 2004.

“I am delighted with the team,” GB&I captain Mary McKenna said. “It is a very good mix of experience and youth. They have all played overseas in America at some time, so that’s a big plus factor as well.”

GB&I’s last Curtis Cup victory was at Killarney, Ireland, in 1996. The United States leads the series, 25-7-3.

GB&I Curtis Cup team

  • Hannah Barwood, 19, England
  • Holly Clyburn, 19, England
  • Rachel Jennings, 21, England
  • Leona Maguire, 15, Ireland
  • Lisa Maguire, 15, Ireland
  • Pamela Pretswell, 20, Scotland
  • Danielle McVeigh, 22, Ireland
  • Sally Watson, 18, Scotland
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