United States hosts first official 2024 Curtis Cup practice
USA Curtis Cup captain Meghan Stasi (USGA Photo)
The first official practice session for the 2024 United States Curtis Cup team was held with 2024 captain Meghan Stasi. Stasi hosted the team for rounds of golf at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., and Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach, Fla., and for dinner at her restaurant, the Shuck N Dive. Twelve players were invited by the USGA’s International Team Selection Working Group to attend the practice session.
The weekend was highlighted by a couple special visits from Hall of Famers Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel, Karrie Webb and JoAnne Carner, as well as LPGA TOUR player Angela Stanford.
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The 43rd Curtis Cup Match will be held at Sunningdale (England) Golf Club from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
“Meghan is one of the top amateur players of her generation, and her impact on the women’s amateur game is substantial,” said John Bodenhamer, chief championships officer for the USGA when Stasi was named captain. “It was clear to us that Meghan becoming captain of our USA Team was a matter of when, not if, and we’re thrilled she has agreed to take on the role in 2024.”
Stasi has racked up accomplishments in her career. She was a member of the victorious 2008 USA Curtis Cup Team at St. Andrews in Scotland, which was led by Stacy Lewis and captained by seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson.
Stasi has won four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles and is tied for the most in the championship’s 35-year history.
The journey to those four titles is impressive in itself. She went back-to-back in 2006 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., and in 2007 at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Ariz. She got back to the winner's circle in 2010 at Wichita Country Club and in 2012 at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Tex.
"My experience in 2008 with the Curtis Cup Team was incredibly meaningful and rewarding; being asked to fill the role of captain is humbling,” Stasi said after being named captain last January. “I've had the opportunity to attend the Match and be around the teams the last two years in Wales and at Merion, and the level of talent and poise these amateur golfers have is inspiring and infectious to be around. I can't wait to begin this journey and most of all, be part of the USA Team again."
Stasi runs the Shuck N Dive, A Cajun Cafe, with her husband Danny, also known as Chef Staz, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.