3 USGA Champs Highlight 2010 USA Curtis Cup Team

(Far Hills, N.J., April 12, 2010) – Three United States Golf Association champions headline the eight-woman amateur team selected by the Association to represent the United States of America at the 2010 Curtis Cup Match, which will be played June 11-13 at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

Jennifer Song, 20, of Ann Arbor, Mich., became the second female in history to win two USGA titles in the same year when she claimed the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in 2009. Alexis Thompson, 15, of Coral Springs, Fla., won the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior and is the youngest player in history to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open, which she did in 2007 at age 12.

Kimberly Kim, 18, of Pahoa, Hawaii, who won the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur at age 14 to become the youngest winner in the championship’s history, was named to her second consecutive Curtis Cup Team. She is the only player on the 2010 USA Team to have played in the Match previously.

That trio will be joined by Cydney Clanton, 20, of Concord, N.C.; Jennifer Johnson, 18, of La Quinta, Calif.; Stephanie Kono, 20, of Honolulu, Hawaii; Jessica Korda, 17, of Bradenton, Fla.; and Tiffany Lua, 19, of Rowland Heights, Calif.

The alternates for the 2010 USA team, in order of ranking, are: Candace Schepperle, 21, of Birmingham, Ala.; and Sydnee Michaels, 21, of Temecula, Calif.

The Curtis Cup Match, contested biennially, features eight female amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland and eight players who represent the USA. The Match consists of three foursomes (alternate-shot) and three four-ball (better-ball) matches on the first two days. On the final day, all eight players from each side play in singles matches.

The 2010 USA team will be captained by Noreen Mohler of Bethlehem, Pa., who was a member of the USA’s victorious 1978 Curtis Cup Team.

The USA team has won the last six Curtis Cup Matches and leads the series, which began in 1932, by a 26-6-3 margin.

Meet the members of the 2010 USA Curtis Cup Team:

i_clantonmug201004008 Cydney Clanton
Concord, N.C.
School: Auburn University
Date of birth: July 18, 1989
i_johnsonmug20100408 Jennifer Johnson
La Quinta, Calif.
School: Arizona State University
Date of birth: Aug. 2, 1991
i_kimkimmugshot Kimberly Kim
Pahoa, Hawaii
School: University of Denver
Date of birth: Aug. 23, 1991
i_konomugshot20100408 Stephanie Kono
Honolulu, Hawaii
School: University of California-Los Angeles
Date of birth: Nov. 27, 1989

Jessica Korda
Bradenton, Fla.
School: Bradenton Preparatory Academy
Date of birth: Feb. 27, 1993

i_luamugshot20100408 Tiffany Lua
Rowland Heights, Calif.
School: University of California-Los Angeles
Date of birth: Feb. 22, 1991
i_songmugshot20100408 Jennifer Song
Ann Arbor, Mich.
School: University of Southern California
Date of birth: Dec. 20, 1989
i_thompsonmugshot20100408 Alexis Thompson
: Coral Springs, Fla.
School: Home-schooled
Date of birth: Feb. 10, 1995
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