Curtis Cup: Meet the U.S. team
05 Jun 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Curtis Cup, Quaker Ridge Golf Club

The 2014 Curtis Cup kicks off Friday from historic St. Louis Country Club as Team USA hopes to regain control of the Cup following a defeat to the team from Great Britain & Ireland in 2012 at The Nairn Golf Club.

Prior to the GB&I victory two years ago, the U.S. had won seven straight events dating back to 1998.

Indeed, the GB&I faithful hope the tides turned back in 2012. The U.S., however, has a talented squad to make sure the Cup returns to this side of the Atlantic.

Here's a look at the U.S. team members heading into the June 6-8 Curtis Cup:


Kyung Kim, USC: Kyung Kim won the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, conducted at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, N.J., claiming a 4-and-2 victory over 2014 Curtis Cup teammate Ashlan Ramsey. Kim also qualified for three consecutive U.S. Women’s Open Championships (2011-13)

Alison Lee, UCLA: Alison Lee was the runner-up to Minjee Lee at the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, conducted at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif. The following year, she reached the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.), where she fell to eventual champion Emma Talley. She has also played in three U.S. Women’s Open Championships (2009, 2010, 2012).

Erynne Lee, UCLA: Erynne Lee is a junior at the University of California, Los Angeles. She owns three collegiate victories – the 2013 Mason Rudolph Championship, the 2013 NorthropGrumman Regional Challenge and the 2012 Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. She was named a 2012 and 2013 All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2011 and 2012. Lee was also the 2012 Division I Freshman of the Year.

Ally McDonald, Mississippi State: Ally McDonald captured the 2013 North & South Women’s Amateur Championship with a 3- and- 2 victory over 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Yueer Cindy Feng. McDonald is a junior at Mississippi State University, where she won the 2013 Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational, the 2013 NCAA Central Regional and the 2012 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

Annie Park, USC: Annie Park joined the University of Southern California women’s golf team for the 2013 spring semester and became the seventh freshman to claim the NCAA Division I individual title and only the second woman in NCAA history to sweep conference, regional and national titles. Her prolific 2013 collegiate season, which included four individual victories and the overall NCAA Division I team title, earned her player and freshman of the year honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, as well as first- team All-America honors.

Ashlan Ramsey, Clemson: Ramsey was the runner-up to Kyung Kim at the 2012 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, N.J. Ramsey enjoyed a standout summer of 2013, capturing the Women’s Western Amateur Championship, the Women’s Eastern Amateur Championship and the Georgia Women’s Golf Association State Amateur Championship. A freshman at Clemson University, Ramsey claimed two victories in her first semester: the 2013 Lady Paladin Invitational and the 2013 Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel.

Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: Mariah Stackhouse was a member of Georgia’s winning team at the 2009 USGA Women’s State Team Championship. She also competed in the 2011 and 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Championships. Stackhouse is a sophomore at Stanford University, where she has earned four victories – the 2014 UC Irvine Invitational, the 2013 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, the 2013 Peg Barnard Invitational and the 2013 Juli Inkster Spartan Invite.

Emma Talley, Alabama: Emma Talley captured the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship with a 2-and-1 victory over Yueer Cindy Feng at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). Talley competed in the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Open Championships, making the cut in 2012 at Blackwolf Run and finishing as second-low amateur behind 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Lydia Ko. As the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, Talley received an automatic invitation to the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

ABOUT THE Curtis Cup

Officially named "The Women's International Cup," the first Curtis Cup wasn't officially held until 1932. The biennial competition features the best female players from the United States of America pitted against a similar squad from Great Britain and Ireland. While it was hoped that many nations would eventually join the Match, the Curtis Cup has remained a two-sided competition.

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