Aboyne amateur Shannon McWilliam is “honoured” to be selected to play in this year’s Curtis Cup.
The 18-year-old will play for Great Britain and Ireland at New York’s Quaker Ridge in June after being named in the eight-woman team.
The United States will be the opponents for McWilliam & Co across singles, foursomes and fourball matches.
McWilliam said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet.
“I didn’t really think about it until I was selected for the short-list, then I realised I had a chance and put my foot down.
“I missed a cut in a counting event in Paris and thought I’d missed my chance.
“I’m very honoured to be going, it’ll be a great experience and will be good to see the difference between the American’s golf and GB&I’s.
“The atmosphere will be loud for the Americans.
“I was speaking to a friend who got to play Quaker Ridge and she said it was unbelievable and we’re so lucky to be able to play it, so I’m quite excited.”
Elaine Farquharson-Black, of Aberdeen, who will captain the side, said: “I am delighted for Shannon that she has been selected.
“It will be a fantastic experience for her. She is an exciting player and has had a strong start to the season. It’s a great team, with a blend of youth and experience and the ability to make a lot of birdies.”
Earlier this year, plus-four handicapper McWilliam stormed to a six-shot victory in the Border Ladies Strokeplay Championship in South Africa, before finishing second competing in her first professional event at the South African Women’s Masters event at San Lameer Country Club.
English teenagers Lily May Humphreys, 15, and Annabell Fuller, 15, Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey and England’s Alice Hewson will make their second appearances for GB&I after featuring in the winning side at Dun Laoghaire in 2016.
They are joined by India Clyburn, Sophie Lamb and Paula Grant.
Farquharson-Black, who was also captain at Dun Laoghaire, added: “There have been a number of players throughout Great Britain and Ireland who have been in impressive form recently and it was a difficult decision to select only eight.
“The players selected will now have a wonderful opportunity to perform on the international stage in one of the world’s most prestigious events and I’m sure that they will give their very best as we attempt to retain the trophy against a talented team from the United States.”
The 400th Curtis Cup will be played from Friday to Sunday, June 8-10.