Hull finds out about Curtis Cup nod via Twitter
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The only Curtis Cup mention on Charley Hull’s Twitter account in the past 24 hours is a retweet from Christina Kim.
“Many congratulations to @kellylouise92 and @charleyhull for making the GB&I Curtis Cup team. Should be very exciting this summer!!!”
That seems like an especially sparse amount of gushing considering that Hull, 16, found out she had earned one of the eight spots on the Great Britain & Ireland team by checking her Twitter on Tuesday morning.
In typical Hull fashion, she remained low-key Wednesday as she stepped off the practice chipping green at Mission Hills to confirm that she will indeed accept a spot on the team. The words “Hull” and “Curtis Cup” have been surrounded by controversy lately as the Ladies' Golf Union originally announced that Hull would not be eligible for the GB&I team if she missed a mandatory team trial for squad hopefuls. And by accepting the invitation into this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the LPGA season, it meant she would miss it.
Hull is just happy that the invitation was offered, as making the Curtis Cup team was something she’s been talking about - on U.S. soil, at least - for the past two years. She’s a regular on the Florida Orange Blossom Circuit, and won this year’s Harder Hall Invitational. She also won the 2011 South Atlantic Amateur.
“I’m happy with it,” Hull said Wednesday.
Hull has until April 2 to respond to the invitation, and is preparing an acceptance email. She said she already knows some of her teammates, but was disappointed that British Amateur champion Lauren Taylor, with whom Hull is best friends, also wasn’t extended an invitation. Taylor is ranked 21st in the world but, according to the LGU, has been left out because of doubts about whether she has returned to 100 percent after a recent injury.
In the meantime, Hull is focusing on the Kraft. To counter jet lag, Hull arrived in Rancho Mirage a week ago, and twice has played a full 18 on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. She played nine more this morning, and when asked whether the course fits her game, responded only with “hopefully.”
“I’ve been hitting it really well the past few weeks, and then today I just feel like it’s a bit loose in my hand, so hopefully I’ll be all right for tomorrow,” she said.
Hull will play with Karine Icher during Round 1, in the second group off No. 1 tee.