Danielle McVeigh in the big time
Danielle McVeigh teed off in the Women’s British Open for the first time as the tournament began at Royal Birkdale this morning.
McVeigh, one of the leading performers as Great Britain and Ireland lost out in the Curtis Cup to America last month, was one of the early starters just before 8am.
The Kilkeel student is playing the first two rounds with Korean Na Yeon Choi and Chie Arimura from Japan.
She is one of just five amateurs in the field which includes Michelle Wie, US Open winner a few weeks ago Paula Creamer and defending champion Catriona Matthew.
Leona Maguire has been named on the Junior European Ryder Cup team to play the Americans this autumn — but there was no place for twin sister Lisa.
Both girls played the event two years ago in Kentucky when the USA won a one-sided encounter 12-2.
Leona, 15, was a wild card pick for this year’s team which is made up of both boys and girls.
Meanwhile, teams have been announced for the Ladies Home Internationals, the European Senior Ladies Championship and the Ulster Under-18 Girls' Interprovincials.
The Home Internationals are being played at Whitechurch in Cardiff in September, the European Seniors in Berlin, Germany at the end of August and the Under-18 Interpros are being held in Roscommon next month.
Home International team: Louise Coffey (Malone), Mary Dowling (New Ross), Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell), Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell), Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co. Down Ladies), Gillian O'Leary (Cork), Sinead O'Sullivan (Galway), Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush). Reserves: Victoria Bradshaw (Bangor), Lucy Simpson (Massereene), Aedin Murphy (Carlow), Sarah Cunningham (Ennis)
European Senior Ladies team: Pat Doran (Donabate), Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire), Valerie Hassett (Ennis), Helen Jones (Strabane), Violet McBride (Belvoir Park), Sheena McElroy (Grange), Phil O'Gorman (Laytown /Bettystown)
Ulster Under-18 Girls’ Interprovincial team: Jessica Carty (Holywood), Kelsey Coey (Clandeboye), Victoria Craig (Clandeboye), Laura Grant (Lisburn), Paula Grant (Lisburn), Hannah Henderson (Ballyclare), Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies), Megan Thompson (Ballyclare).