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Bronte eyes Solheim selection

By Richard Williamson

BRONTE Law is hoping to win a Solheim Cup place – thanks to a player who inspired her early interest in golf.

The Stockport golfer needs a captain’s pick to make the European team for the match against the United States due to her playing commitments on the other side of the Atlantic.

Catriona Matthew is the person in charge of the final line-up for the women’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September.

One of Law’s teenage memories is watching the Scot, who had just become a mum, become the women’s Open champion at Royal Lytham in 2009.

“I always looked up to Catriona from a very young age,” said the 24-year-old.

“As soon as I could walk, I was at golf events and because Lytham was in my area, I remember watching her win that week.

“There’s certainly no better person to be leading this European team than Catriona.”

Law has certainly laid down a marker by her performances on the LGPA Tour, quickly following a play-off defeat in the Mediheal Championship at the start of May with her maiden title at the Pure Silk Championship. She is now up to 25th on the Rolex rankings and has broken the $1m dollar mark in winnings.

But she shrugs off the pressure of trying to catch the captain’s eye: “I wouldn’t say that only being able to get a wild card pick has put more pressure on me. I just need to keep going out and doing my best.”

Golf is hugely individual sport but in her amateur days Law – who is a former English Women’s Amateur champion – delighted in being an integral part of the team competitions on offer, which means she racked up three Curtis Cup appearances as well as wide range of events including a Junior Ryder Cup. An impressive CV, but matched by her ability to deliver in a match situation.

At the 2016 Curtis Cup she had an unblemished record with five straight wins. Law enjoyed a taste of what a Solheim Cup means when, having played in the junior version in 2013, she had a ringside seat as Europe created history with their first win on American soil on the back of a 18-10 win in Denver.

“After the junior event we had front-row seats for the main Solheim Cup and it was amazing watching Team Europe close up and seeing how much fire and spirit they had,” recalls Law, who pursued her career in America after graduating from the University of California.

“Those memories don’t go anywhere. They stick with you and I just want to be part of something like that and be able to stand alongside my fellow Europeans and try to go down in the record books, too.

“I was always competitive and loved team sports. I played a lot of football when I was younger.

“When I get the chance to be involved in something collective and much bigger than the individual it really fires me up. I love that team experience. The Solheim Cup would be the ultimate experience for me.”

Law has confirmed she will be competing again at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in August.

It will be her third time at the tournament, with a best finish of 17th. It will be another chance to impress Matthew ahead of the team announcement on August 12. Law said: “Any chance I get to play near to home and in front of my family, I’m going to take. I actually have some family in Scotland on my mother’s side so it will be nice to have them there to cheer me on.

“Every event is important to me to try and make the Solheim Cup team so while this is the last event, I am just trying to play well every time I tee it up.”