Tough choice: Hull skips Curtis Cup for major


English teen amateur standout Charley Hull will miss representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup by choosing to compete in the LPGA’s first major of the year instead. 

The 15-year-old teen, ranked No. 9 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, will miss out on a mandatory team training session held March 23-25 at the site of the matches in Scotland. The Ladies Golf Union has ruled Hull’s absence will make her ineligible to play in the matches in June.

“She won’t be selected because all the players signed an undertaking to attend the team trial in March, and on the basis that she is not available for that she won’t be available for selection for the match,” said Susan Simpson, the LGU’s Head of Golf Operations, according to Golfweek. “We made it plain to the players that if they didn’t play in the training session they wouldn’t play in the match.”

Hull will travel to the U.S. to play in a Symetra Tour event in Florida during the week of the Scottish gathering. She will then go to California for the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which she received an exemption for on Monday.

Former GB&I Curtis Cup team member Karen Stupples did not approve of the LGU decision, tweeting, “I really think the LGU would want their strongest team to play at Nairn and encourage any opportunity for experience in a major!”

GB&I has not won the matches since 1996.