Curtis Cup

Maria Dunne and the dream that just won’t die

If you’d bumped into Maria Dunne seven years ago and told her she’d be one of the top amateurs in Ireland and a potential Curtis Cup player in her early thirties, she’d probably have laughed in your face. Or perhaps in your knees given it was around this time she suffering such excruciating problems with her back that she’d had to crawl from her car to her front door.

 Maria Dunne and the dream that just won’t die

O'Driscoll third in Wales but Curtis Cup in the balance for Ryan and Grant

Ballybunion's Emma O'Discoll finished tied third in the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship but it remains to be seen if Eilidh Briggs victory at Prestantyn will leave Casltetroy's Chloe Ryan and Lisburn's Paula Grant relying on the two selectors picks for a Curtis Cup call up on Tuesday.

O'Driscoll third in Wales but Curtis Cup in the balance for Ryan and Grant

Meadow the heroine as GB&I snatches Curtis Cup

Stephanie Meadow celebrates her winning point at Nairn. Picture courtesy USGA/Matthew HarrisRoyal Portrush’s Stephanie Meadow scored the winning point as Great Britain and Ireland captured five of Sunday’s eight singles to win the Curtis Cup 10.5-9.5 at Nairn.

It was GB&I’s first win since 1996 and it came in dramatic fashion after the American raced into a 3-0 lead on the first day and threatened to double their advantage before the home side staged a spirited fightback. Results

Meadow and Maguire twins named in Curtis Cup squad

Stephanie Meadow with her former coach Han Hankey. Pic courtesy www.ijga.comStephanie Meadow has been named alongside twins Lisa and Leona Maguire in the 12-strong Great Britain & Ireland preliminary squad for the 37th Curtis Cup match against the United States at The Nairn Golf Club from June 8-10.

McKenna shows confidence in Irish trio

Cavan twins Leona (left) and Lisa Maguire celebrate their call up to the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team with their mother Breda and the President of the ILGU, Anne Wallace after their victory in the 2010 Irish Schools Final at Milltown Golf Club yesterday (26/04/2010). Picture by Pat Cashman

Teen sensations Lisa and Leona Maguire and towering talent Danielle McVeigh can help Great Britain and Ireland end 14 years of Curtis Cup agony.

That’s the view of skipper Mary McKenna, who named the Irish trio in her eight-strong side to face the United States at Essex County Club in Massachusetts from June 11 to 13.