Aboyne’s Shannon McWilliam is relishing the opportunity of playing in the Curtis Cup at Quaker Ridge in the United States later this year.
Shannon boosted her chances of selection after finishing seventh, just four strokes behind winner Isobel Wardle, of England, in the Portuguese International Ladies Championship at West Cliffs this weekend.
Shannon, 18, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the 2018 Curtis Cup team.
“My goal in golf has always been to play for Great Britain and Ireland.
“I had the honour of playing for the Junior under-16s GB&I Team in the Vagliano Trophy at Malone Golf Club in Ireland 2015 and I loved every minute of it.
“It definitely gave me the taste of what I needed to do to try to get shortlisted for the Curtis Cup.
“It means so much to me being shortlisted, but I know I’ve got a lot of hard work to do to get fully selected.
“Being on the shortlist has given me more confidence about being selected and obviously gives you something to work at.
“My main goal is to make the full selection, improve my world ranking and get selected for the European Championships.
“I have only just returned from Morocco for some warm weather training with Scottish Golf, where I also played in the Grand Prix D’Agadir while out there, finishing runner-up.
“I’m heading to South Africa next month with Scottish Golf for more warm weather training and playing in some competition while there, so I’ve a full-on schedule already.
“When I’m not away my aim is to work closely with my coach Andrew Locke at the Paul Lawrie Centre and improve my game.
“I left school in May and my aim was always to go to America for a golf scholarship.
“But after some considerable thought, I have decided to stay in Scotland, where I’m currently working part-time, and concentrate on golf here.
“My plan for the next few years is to play full-time amateur and eventually try for my tour card.
“I couldn’t have achieved what I have without the support from Sportscotland, Scottish Golf, the Paul Lawrie Foundation and obviously my family and friends, to which I am so grateful for.
“I feel 2018 is going to be a great golfing year for me.”