The postponement of the Curtis Cup until next year has made Annabel Wilson even more determined to be part of the Great Britain and Ireland team which will take on the United States in 2021.
The competition has been rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lurgan golfer had hoped to make her debut in Conwy in Wales in June, after being named in the initial panel of 10 for the amateur matchplay event.
The final line-up of eight players for the tournament had yet to be named.
“I knew it was coming. June was just too soon but sure it’s something to look forward to next year,” said the 18-year-old.
“At least the event hasn’t been cancelled, only postponed. The Curtis Cup is the pinnacle of amateur golf and I’ll be playing my best to get on the team.”
Annabel’s first year at college in the USA has been cut short by the Covid-19 outbreak and she arrived back in Lurgan from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), on 19 March.
“It was getting too crazy over there – I was one of the last members of the team to come home and it was the best decision,” she explained.
“It’s a lot to take in but all you can do right now is sit tight, stay at home and wait for this to blow over. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
“I think I was in denial when the season was called off – a lot of us were – it was a tough pill to swallow but we have to move on, accept it and look at the bigger picture.”
The County Armagh native is a two-time Irish girls’ champion, who won the Irish Women’s Close Championship at Woodbrook last year.