WOODSOME Hall's Rochelle Morris will sit out the first session in the Curtis Cup as Great Britain & Ireland tackle the USA at Dun Laoghaire, in Ireland.
Home captain Elaine Farquharson-Black has decided the former Yorkshire champion and her fellow debutante Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) will play a supporting role when the foursomes get underway at 8am on Friday.
World No 8 Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies), will partner English champion Bronte Law (Bramhall) in the opening match against the USA's Hannah O'Sullivan and Mariel Galdiano.
Mehaffey said on Thursday: "The last few days have been great. We’ve done a lot of structured work and played foursomes and fourballs so today we’re going out to get a last feel of the course.”
World No 3 Leona Maguire, of Ireland, is really looking forward to getting started. She hopes the home side can get the Curtis Cup "back on the right side of the Atlantic” come Sunday evening.
Nicky Robinson, a member of Dun Laoghaire and past International Ladies Golf Union Board member commented on the excitement in the build-up to the 39th match
"There is such a great feeling around the clubhouse and over 200 members are volunteering for the weekend, with 1,000 of the 1,500 members availing of complimentary tickets,” she said.
She shared her memory of how the process started back in 2011 when Dun Laoghaire expressed interest in hosting the event.
“I saw a notice from the LGU welcoming expressions of interest and thought Dun Laoghaire would be the perfect place for it. I spoke to the president of the club and we put in our bid. It was announced that we were successful at the 2012 Curtis Cup in Nairn and here we are four years later.”
Past Curtis Cup captain Ada O’Sullivan said: “Dun Laoghaire is a fantastic venue and you can feel the exciting atmosphere today with the past players around and teams practising.”
She added: “I think the GB&I team have a great chance. Six of the players have already played in the States and we have huge experience. They are not afraid to play with and against the Americans and just want to get started.”
The American team are rated as clear favourites going into the match as all players are in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) top 30.
However, the GB&I team have three players in the WAGR top 10 and will look to claim the coveted trophy, as they did in 2012 at Nairn.