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Loveys turns to PGA Cup winners for captaincy tips

 

Tracy Loveys will prepare for her role as the first captain of Great Britain and Ireland’s Women’s PGA Cup team by asking regional colleagues Jon Bevan and Albert MacKenzie for tips.

Bevan, the head PGA Professional at Sherborne Golf Club, and MacKenzie, his counterpart at Saunton, have both led the male Great Britain and Ireland PGA cup teams to victory.

Now Loveys has been given the same job when the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup is contested in Austin, Texas, in late October.

And just as the Women’s PGA Cup is a new concept, so is Lovey and captaincy.

“I’ve not been a captain before,” said Loveys, head PGA Professional at Bigbury Golf Club, Devon. “So there’s going to be a little bit of suck it and see as to how I do things.

“But Jon Bevan is a very good friend of mine and I’ve already spoken to him a little bit about how he got the best out of the boys when he captained them to victory in the USA.

“And Albert MacKenzie is in my county as well. He was the winning captain at Foxhills in 2017 so I may well go and have a chat with him at some point. I’ll try and glean a little bit from the two of them along the way.”

Had the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup been contested a decade or so ago then Loveys, who recorded a hat-trick of Women’s PGA Professional Championship victories from 2008 – 2010, would surely have been a shoo-in for selection.

Reflecting on her non-playing role as captain of the five-strong team, she said: “I’m honoured and proud to be appointed, especially as I’m the first

“I would have liked to have got in the team but this is the next best prize. What’s more, I don’t have the pressure of playing.

“As for the team itself – I don’t think I could have wished for a better line-up. They were the top five in the points table for selection and I’m very, very pleased.”

Loveys’ team comprises Heather MacRae, Suzanne Dickens, Ali Gray, Hazel Kavanagah and Maria Tulley, and she is keeping abreast of their form via social media. She is hopeful, however, of having a team meeting before they embark for Texas.

“I’m friends with all of them on Facebook or Twitter so I do keep up with them and know how they’re doing,” Loveys added. “They’re all so excited about playing in it – it’s unreal. But it’s the first one so I’m not surprised.

“But it would be good to have a get together. Obviously with the girls coming from Scotland, Ireland, Eastbourne, Peterborough and Lancashire it’s not going to be an easy thing to do.

“It’s something I need to look into – as things stand we last saw each other on May 31st and we’re not going to see each other until late October if we don’t.”