FAR HILLS, N.J. – The International Team Selection Committee
of the United States Golf Association (USGA) has invited 14 players to
participate in a practice session for the 2014 Curtis Cup Match. The session for
prospective players will be conducted Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2014, at Champions
Golf Club in Houston, while the 2014 Curtis Cup Match will be conducted June
6-8 at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club.
The following players have been invited to the practice
Casie Cathrea, of Livermore, Calif. (Oklahoma State
Doris Chen, of Bradenton, Fla. (University of Southern California)
Karen Chung, of Livingston, N.J. (University of Southern
Lauren Diaz-Yi, of Thousand Oaks, Calif. (University of
Kyung Kim, of Chandler, Ariz. (University of Southern
Alison Lee, of Valencia, Calif. (University of California,
Erynne Lee, of Silverdale, Wash. (University of California,
Ally McDonald, of Fulton, Miss. (Mississippi State
Nicole Morales, of South Salem, N.Y. (Lake Mary, Fla.,
Grace Na, of Alameda, Calif. (Pepperdine University)
Annie Park, of Levittown, N.Y. (University of Southern
Ashlan Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga. (Clemson University)
Mariah Stackhouse, of Riverdale, Ga. (Stanford University)
Emma Talley, of Princeton, Ky. (University of Alabama)
“We are very happy to bring together a field of immensely talented
players for this first pre-selection Curtis Cup practice session,” said Dan
Burton, vice president of the USGA and chairman of the International Team
Selection Committee. “With such a depth of talent in the United States, we feel
that learning more about these players, both on and off the course, is a
critical part of selecting the eight women who will have the honor of
representing their country at St. Louis in June.”
All 14 invitees are in the top 100 of the Women’s World
Amateur Golf Ranking as of Dec. 16, led by world No. 1 Alison Lee.
The list of invitees includes four USGA champions: Chen
(2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Diaz-Yi (2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links),
Kim (2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links) and Talley (2013 U.S. Women’s
Amateur). Four USGA runners-up were also invited: Chen (2013 U.S. Women’s
Amateur Public Links), Chung (2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Alison Lee (2012 U.S.
Girls’ Junior) and Ramsey (2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links). Additionally,
Stackhouse was a member of the Georgia team that won the 2009 USGA Women’s
State Team Championship.
Cathrea earned low-amateur honors at the 2013 U.S. Women’s
Open, while Chen, Kim, Park and Stackhouse also competed in the championship.
Erynne Lee represented the United States at the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team
Championship and the 2013 Copa de las Americas.
Chen, Kim and Park were members of the University of
Southern California team that won the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf
Championship. Park became the seventh freshman to claim the individual title
and only the second woman in NCAA history to sweep conference, regional and
national individual titles.
St. Louis native Ellen Port, a six-time USGA champion and
two-time USA Curtis Cup Team member, will serve as captain of the USA Team.
"I am very much looking forward to watching these talented
young women play in the four-ball and foursomes formats that are used in the
Curtis Cup Match," said Port, who won the 2013 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur
in September. "Golf is often such an individual sport, and seeing how
personalities and playing styles mesh, on and off the course, will be very
Invitation to the Curtis Cup practice session does not
guarantee selection to the USA Team that will compete in June. Players who are
not invited may still be under consideration for the team.
The Curtis Cup Match is contested by two teams of female
amateur players, one from the United States of America and one from Great
Britain and Ireland (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The
USGA’s International Team Selection Committee selects the USA Team, while the
Ladies Golf Union selects the GB&I Team.
The GB&I Team won the 2012 Match at The Nairn Golf Club
in Nairn, Scotland, while the USA leads the overall series, 27-7-3. Tegwen
Matthews, a four-time GB&I Team member, will captain the GB&I Team for
the second consecutive Match.
The USA has not lost on home soil since 1986, when it fell,
13-5, at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. It has won five of six
Matches since then, the only exception being 1994, when the teams tied 9-9 at
The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. As the GB&I Team had won the
previous Match, it retained custody of the Curtis Cup.