Reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley and Annie Park, who won the NCAA individual title in 2013, were among eight names selected to the U.S. Curtis Cup squad, the USGA announced Thursday.
Talley, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, survived the bracket last summer at the Country Club of Charleston, while Park led the University of Southern California to a team NCAA title last year in addition to her individual crown. The pair rank Nos. 12 and 2, respectively, in the latest amateur rankings.
They will be joined this summer by Park's USC teammate, Kyung Kim, as well as Alison Lee, the No. 3-ranked amateur who plays for cross-town rival UCLA. Rounding out the roster will be Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse, Clemson's Ashlan Ramsey, UCLA's Erynne Lee and Ally McDonald, who plays collegiately at Mississippi State.
The team is comprised of six teenagers, with Erynne Lee and McDonald serving as the squad's elder members at age 21. All eight are currently ranked inside the top 25 among amateurs, with five - Park, Alison Lee, Ramsey, McDonald and Kim - ranked inside the top 10. Doris Chen and Lauren Diaz-Yi, who met in the finals of the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, will be the team's two alternates.
The biennial matches will be contested June 6-8 at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club, with five-time USGA champion and St. Louis resident Ellen Port serving as captain of the American squad. The team from Great Britain & Ireland, captained by Tegwen Matthews, is expected to be announced on May 6.
While the U.S. holds a 27-7-3 overall advantage in the matches, Team GB & I will look to defend their win from 2012, when they took the trophy at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland by a 10.5-9.5 margin.