Golf fans are in for a flood of team golf in 2021, what with the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup set to be played in the next nine months.
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Team-selection conversations have begun for all cups, and the U.S. Golf Association opened the year by naming the 12 players that will participate in a Curtis Cup practice session this month at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida.
The practice session will take place Jan. 29-30, directly before the UCF Challenge, a major women’s college golf event, gets underway across the road at Eagle Creek Golf Club.
The following 12 players accepted invitations to the practice session:
Allisen Corpuz, 22, of Honolulu, Hawaii (USC) Lauren Hartlage, 22, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky (Louisville) Auston Kim, 20, of St. Augustine, Florida (Vanderbilt) Gina Kim, 20, of Durham, North Carolina (Duke) Rachel Kuehn, 19, of Asheville, North Carolina (Wake Forest) Brooke Matthews, 22, of Rogers, Arkansas (Arkansas) Emilia Migliaccio, 21, of Cary, N.C. (Wake Forest) Kaitlyn Papp, 22, of Austin, Texas (Texas) Megan Schofill, 19, of Monticello, Florida (Auburn) Aneka Seumanutafa, 20, of Emmitsburg, Md. (Ohio State) Kennedy Swann, 22, of Austin, Texas (Mississippi) Rose Zhang, 17, of Irvine, California
The Curtis Cup originally was to be played June 12-14, 2020 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales but was postponed to Aug. 26-28, 2021 at the same venue because of the global pandemic.
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The practice squad roster includes only one junior player in Rose Zhang, the winner of the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur who currently sits atop the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Including Zhang, eight of the 12 women also were invited to a practice session last December. Only Kuehn, Matthews, Schofill and Swann are new additions this time around.
An invitation to the practice session does not guarantee a spot on the eventual eight-woman U.S. team. Automatic selections go to the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, along with the McCormack Medal winner and the top three players in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking (chosen at a to-be-determined date), if eligible. The 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be played Aug. 2-8 at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., with the recipient of the McCormack Medal being named shortly thereafter.
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