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All for one and one for all

Each member of Great Britain and Ireland’s team makes a meaningful contribution in the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup.

Great Britain and Ireland captain Tracy Loveys described the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup as ‘a great week for female professional golfers all over the world’ following the tournament’s conclusion in Austin, Texas.

Team members Heather MacRae and Hazel Kavanagh were similarly positive after Great Britain and Ireland finished third behind tournament winners the USA and runners up Canada but in front of Australia and Sweden.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to represent Great Britain and Ireland this week with these awesome ladies,” said Scotland’s MacRae. “A big thank you to The PGA for the opportunity.”

Team Great Britain and Ireland (from left): Ali Gray, Suzanne Dickens, Heather MacRae, Tracy Loveys (captain), Maria Tulley, Hazel Kavanagh.

Ireland’s Kavanagh also thanked The PGA and added: “What a week here in Texas with these girls for the first Women’s PGA Cup. There were highs and lows on the course but I loved it. And well-done America – super performance.”

In terms of statistics, MacRae was Great Britain and Ireland’s most effective and consistent performer, posting three successive four-over-par rounds of 76. In doing so, the Scot finished joint-fifth out of 25 in the individual rankings.

Meanwhile, after an inauspicious start, Kavanagh came good in the third round. Her one-over par return of 73 was the best posted by any member of the Great Britain and Ireland quintet during the tournament. Moreover, it was the joint-fourth best in a tournament in which just three rounds out of 75 broke par.

As Loveys stressed, however, Great Britain and Ireland’s performance was a team effort.

“The fact that each member contributed to the team score over the three days of competition is fantastic,” she said. “I am so proud of all of them.”

To that end, with three rounds from the five team members counting towards the overall score, each one of the English contingent – Maria Tulley, Ali Gray and Suzanne Dickens – weighed in.

Gray, like Kavanagh, blossomed on the last day with a four-over par round of 76; Tulley, hampered by an injury to her right forearm and her left thumb stung by a hostile dragonfly, signed off in style with her team’s second-best round of the tournament, a three-over-par return of 75.

Meanwhile Dickens, who contributed on day one, produced her best round on an already challenging course made even more testing by wind and rain on day two, with a six-over-par 78.

Final scores: USA +23, Canada +27, Great Britain & Ireland +50, Australia +67, Sweden +77.