“It’s a tremendous honour,” says Elaine Farquharson-Black about leading the team at Dun Laoghaire.

“The Curtis Cup has been, and continues to be, a big part of my life. I have played and it is what you aim for as an amateur.

“To come back and captain the side is fantastic. I am desperate to win as is every member of the team. We will be doing our utmost to get the cup back and I am quietly confident.”

Here’s her guide to the team..

Curtis CupLeona Maguire

Club: Slieve Russell.

Age: 21

The World No 1 amateur – to have the number one player in the side is fantastic and she will be key. She has a huge amount of experience.

Maria Dunne

Club: Skerries.

Age: 32

Third in the Helen Holm last month – She has a very strong record playing for Ireland in the Europeans and the Home Internationals. I view her age as a huge advantage. She is a good team player.

Curtis CupAlice Hewson

Club: Berkhamsted.

Age: 18

Prolific girls’ winner – She went to Clemson at the end of last year and has done well. I had her at the Astor and the Vagliano Trophy and it has been nice to watch her develop.

Bronte Law

Club: Bramhall.

Age: 21

Back-to-back English Amateur champ – Bronte is a fabulous prospect and has got amazing ability, confidence and she is very tenacious. She just keeps going.

Curtis CupMeghan MacLaren

Club: Wellingborough.

Age: 21

An eight-time winner on US college circuit – She won her last event in the States and she didn’t even wait for the prize giving. She came back for the Helen Holm because she wanted to play her way onto the team.

Olivia Mehaffey

Club: Royal County Down.

Age: 18

Scottish and Welsh strokeplay champion – Last year, she was winning everything and she has pretty much done the same again this year. She is very bubbly and a great team member.

Rochelle Morris

Club: Woodsome Hall.

Age: 20

Runner-up in English Amateur – Rochelle has qualified through the LGU Order of Merit and she has built up a number of finishes, which shows a lot of consistency.

Curtis CupCharlotte Thomas

Club: Moonah Links, Australia.

Age: 23

Annika Invitation winner in China – she has been doing very well in the States. This is her final year over there. Played in the Curtis Cup in 2014 so brings tremendous experience.

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