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Golf: Parkstone teenager Georgia Hall set to win her Curtis Cup spurs
PARKSTONE’S Georgia Hall will this week have her Great Britain & Ireland team place rubber-stamped ahead of next month’s Curtis Cup showdown with the United States.
The team to compete at St Louis Country Club, Missouri will be unveiled by the Ladies’ Golf Union on Tuesday, with the 18-year-old an automatic choice due to her favourable world amateur ranking of 11.
Hall’s selection should wipe away memories of 2012, when, under different selection criteria, she was only named as first reserve for the premier women’s amateur competition despite winning a singles match in a trial session at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.
But this time the Dorset star is to be given the nod and she is thrilled at the prospect.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, Hall said: “They did a good job picking the team two years ago and they won, so I can’t complain.
“I don’t think changing the selection criteria made a great deal of difference but it did seem a bit fairer this time.
“It will be good to play in a Curtis Cup Match and have the experience of playing in one of the biggest competitions in amateur golf. I’d like to win all my points and that’s my main focus.
“You don’t get many team events so they are fun when they come along. It’s more enjoyable in a way because you’re with other people and once you’ve finished playing you can go out and cheer on your team-mates.
“Match play is my favourite format and is the one I seem to be best at, so I’m really excited.”
Hall today finished 16th in the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship following rounds of 72, 75 and 76 at Prestatyn Golf Club.
And the teenager, who has delayed turning pro due to funding concerns, was content with her display in her second event of the year.
“I felt I played a little bit better than I scored,” she said.
“My long game could have been a little bit better and my chipping wasn’t the best, but there were a lot of positives to take and I was quite happy with the way I played.
“It was pretty steady which was what I wanted, especially given that it’s the start of the season.”
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