The beginning of the 2018 international amateur golf season is but a few short weeks away and with a busy schedule including home advantage for the Home International Matches and the World Amateur Team Championships, hopes for this year are high for elite female Irish Golf.
In terms of team representative events, early July see’s the Ladies and Girls European Team Championships take place in Austria and Sweden, respectively. The beginning of August will see a large Irish contingent travelling to Ballybunion ahead of the Ladies and Girls Home International Matches. The Irish Senior Women’s team will defend their 2017 Senior Home International title at Burnham and Berrow, England, in October and travel to the European Team Championships in September.
Danielle McVeigh (Royal County Down Ladies) will again Captain the Ladies Irish Team while Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) takes over the reins from Gemma Butler (Birr) and will Captain the Irish Girls’ Team.
McVeigh, who has had a successful career as an amateur and professional is excited for what is in store for her second year as Captain;
‘It is a pleasure to work with such a fantastic group of people, both the players and the support staff. Together we overcame many challenges last year which I am sure 2018 will also present. Winning the 2017 Home Internationals showed how a great team comes together and performs. There is such a depth of talent in Ireland right now and it will be really exciting to be Captain again in 2018.’
Meanwhile, Valerie Hassett (Ennis), past ILGU President, will take over from Pauline Walsh (Headfort) at Senior’s level as she relishes the thought of an exciting new position and build on the achievements of the team over the last two years.
Irish Team Captains
Irish Girls: Helen Jones (Royal Portrush)
Irish Women’s Team: Danielle McVeigh (Royal County Down Ladies)
Irish Senior Women’s Team: Valerie Hassett (Ennis)