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GB & I Curtis Cup Team Named
14 Mar 2008
see also: Curtis Cup Golf Tournament, Quaker Ridge Golf Club

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Scotland's Carly Booth, 15, will become the youngest Great Britain and Ireland golfer in Curtis Cup history when she joins her seven teammates in St. Andrews March 30-June 1 to try to take back the cup from the Americans for the first time in more than a decade.

At 25, England's Elizabeth Bennett will be the oldest member of the squad after the 2006 England Stroke Play champion sealed her spot with a victory at this year's South Atlantic Amateur (Sally).

Scots make up half of the eight team members, with Booth joined by Krystle Caithness (19), now a freshman at the University of Georgia who has won a half-dozen national titles, Michele Thompson (20), the third-place Sally finisher and two-time North of Scotland champ, and Sally Watston (16) a Leadbetter Academy golfer who was the runner-up at the 2006 British Girls Open Championship.

Breanne Loucks (20) is the only Welsh golfer, as well as the only returning team member. She is the reigning Welsh Ladies (Close) Amateur champ and won all three of her Curtis Cup matches in 2006.

England's Jodi Ewart is a University of New Mexico sophomore where she won the Mountain West Conference championship, took co-player of the year honors, set a new school scoring record and notched six top-ten finishes.

Rounding out the squad is England's Florentyna Parker, who comes from a golfing family that includes two professionals (father and brother) and has taken a victory at the French Under-21 Junior Women's Open and a runner-up at the Ladies British Amateur Stroke Play.

This year's event will follow a different format from previous years, with three foursomes matches on Day 1, three four ball matches on Day 2 and eight singles matches to finish up.

The U.S. is 25-6-3 in Curtis Cup history, including victories in the past five events.

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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