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Three USGA Champs Named to 2010 USA Curtis Cup Team


Three United States Golf Association champions headline the eight-woman amateur team selected by the association to represent the United States in the 2010 Curtis Cup Match. The biennial event 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 after 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 features eight female amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland and eight players who represent the USA. The event 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 Cups and leads the series, which began in 1932, by a 26-6-3 margin. The 2012 Match will be held at Nairn Golf Club near Inverness, Scotland.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.