Charley Hull not fazed by Curtis Cup test

Teenage prospect Charley Hull has said she has the experience to manage the expectations of representing Great Britain & Ireland in the Curtis Cup.

The 16-year-old was initially left out of the squad after choosing to attend the first LPGA Tour major of the season rather than a team trial.

But the Ladies Golf Union handed a late call-up to the world top 10 amateur.

Charley Hull achievements

2011

  • Played on the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida in 2011, aged 14
  • Finished runner-up in the South Atlantic Women's Amateur Championship and won the Jones-Doherty matchplay championship
  • Won both the Wales and England strokeplay championship and was runner-up in English Ladies Amateur Championship

2012

  • Won the Harder Hall Invitational
  • Played first major in the Kraft Nabisco Championship and made first European Tour appearance in Turkey
  • Selected for the Curtis Cup

"I feel good because I've played in a major and I've played in front of crowds," she told BBC Look East.

"It's good fun. I enjoy it loads. Playing in front of crowds is part of what you've got to deal with when you keep playing golf."

Hull was one of only five amateurs invited to the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California, where she finished 38th with a score of one over par.

That followed victory in the Harder Hall Invitational on Florida's Orange Blossom Tour.

The England and Wales strokeplay champion, currently sixth in the world, made her European Tour debut in Turkey earlier this month,  where she finished one under.

The Curtis Cup, which takes place at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland from June 8, pitches amateurs from the USA against a British & Irish team in a matchplay competition, a style which the Burton Latimer youngster is not fond of.

"I'm all right at matchplay. I'm not a big fan of it," said Hull, who shares membership with Ian Poulter at the Woburn Golf Club.

"Anyone can win matchplay. The greatest player doesn't always win matchplay.

"It can be unfair. Someone can have an eight on a hole and you can have a birdie and you've only gone one up."

But she says she will be applying her youthful enthusiasm to the tournament, regardless of the format.

"I want to obviously win all my matches," she said.

"I want to have a great time. It's all a learning curve. You can even learn more from the bad games than the good games.

"I don't set myself goals really. I just go out and play. Just have fun, that's what I say."

Hull's father David, who accompanies her during competitions, is keen for her to remain grounded, but admits she has a glittering career ahead of her.

"She can go as far as she wants," he said. "She's good enough to be on tour probably now. But she's still got a lot to learn.

"She learned a lot on the European Tour and that was good for her against some of the best players in the world."