|Wales has selected a strong team for the Ladies European Team Championship, hoping that hosting the event for the first time could lead to a first win.
Wales did finish second in 1987 in the top event for female amateur golfing nations in Europe, but will be hoping a youthful team can make the most of home advantage at Conwy Golf Club in North Wales.
The Curtis Cup venue will be familiar territory for many of the players involved, the links course providing a top quality test for all competitors from July 5-9.
BARNET, ENGLAND – JULY 30: Darcey Harry of England plays her tee shot on the second hole during The Rose Ladies Series at The Shire London on July 30, 2020 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
The six person Wales team is Darcey Harry, Royal Porthcawl, Harriet Lockley, Burnham and Berrow, Gracie Mayo, Royal Porthcawl, Ellen Nicholas, Ham Manor, Katherine O’Connor, West Byfleet, and Ffion Tynan, Minchinhampton.
Wales have already had one strong finish in European competition this season, finishing fourth in the European Nations Championship in Spain, with Lockley, Harry and Mayo in the team, Lockley and Harry finishing in the top 10 of the individual event.
BARNET, ENGLAND – JULY 30: Kath O’Connor of Wales plays her tee shot on the sixth hole during The Rose Ladies Series at The Shire London on July 30, 2020 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Harry, Mayo and O’Connor also finished in the top 12 at the Welsh Women’s Open Stroke Play last month. Welsh Girls champion Tynan has been enjoying some top 20 finishes on the US College circuit since starting her first year of studies at the University of Arkansas.
Fellow US student Nicholas, studying in San Antonio in Texas, has enjoyed five first place finishes, including the individual title at the Southland Conference Championship.
“This is one of the strongest line-ups Wales has fielded in this event for teams of six, with tremendous depth,” said Wales Golf Performance Director Gillian O’Leary.
“They not only come into the event with plenty of pedigree, but also some strong recent form.
“It is the first time our team will have the benefit of home advantage. They all know Conwy well and the tricky test it provides.
“This championship calls for strength in depth, which is why the larger nations have dominated over the years, England, Sweden, France, or Spain have won all but four of these championships going back to 1959.
“Wales will arrive there well prepared and with confidence we can compete well in front of home support. Hopefully the golfing public of North Wales will be there in force to cheer them on.”
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Harriet Lockley of Wales hits an approach shot during Round 2 of Matchplay on Day Three of The Women’s Amateur Championship at The West Lancashire Golf Club on August 27, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)