Wie awaits as O'Sullivan's team limber up for Curtis Cup

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In preparation for the Curtis Cup at Formby in June, Great Britain and Ireland's women amateurs beat a team of professionals from the European Tour on Saturday. Captain Ada O'Sullivan knows they will have to produce an even better performance to beat the Americans, and especially their schoolgirl star, Michelle Wie.

In preparation for the Curtis Cup at Formby in June, Great Britain and Ireland's women amateurs beat a team of professionals from the European Tour on Saturday. Captain Ada O'Sullivan knows they will have to produce an even better performance to beat the Americans, and especially their schoolgirl star, Michelle Wie.

Wie, 14, finished fourth in the first women's major of the year, the Nabisco Championship, as well as impressing in missing the cut by one shot at the men's Hawaiian Open. But O'Sullivan said: "Every single player wants the opportunity to take her on."

The home side have not won since 1996 but they will be hoping for an historic grand slam in the trans-Atlantic matches.

"The Americans are probably the favourites but we are determined to win back the Cup and our recent results leave me in no doubt that we can," said O'Sullivan. "We want the Curtis Cup on this side of the Atlantic so it can sit alongside the Ryder, Solheim and Walker cups."

Emma Duggleby and Fame More survive from the 2002 side and are joined by six newcomers.

GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND CURTIS CUP SQUAD: C Coughlan (Cork), E Duggleby (Malton & Norton), A Highgate (Southerndown), A Laing (Vale of Leven), D Masters (Bearsted Tudor Park), S McKevitt (Reading), F More (Chesterfield), N Timmins (Sene Valley). Reserves: L Kenny (Stirling), T Mangan (Ennis), K Phillips (Creigiau), C Queen (Drumpellier).

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