Curtis Cup Pits Youth Vs Experience


It will be youth vs. experience when the United States plays Great Britain-Ireland in the 33rd Curtis Cup June 12-13 at Formby Golf Club near Liverpool in England.
The average age of the eight American women is 18.4. The average age of the hosts is 24.5. Sarah Huarte and Anne Thurman are the Curtis Cup elders at age 21.
The youngest GB&I competitors are a pair of 21-year-olds ' Anna Hathgate and Danielle Masters. The youngest American, by contrast, is 14-year-old Michelle Wie.
Wie is the youngest to be selected for the Matches in its 72-year history. She is two years younger than the previous youngest, Laura Baugh.
Competing for the U.S. are five collegians ' Huarte, a University of California senior; Oklahoma State senior Thurman; Elizabeth Janangelo (18) of Duke, a sophomore; Brittany Lang (18), a Duke freshman; and Arizona sophomore Erica Blasberg (19).
Two are just 17 ' Paula Creamer and Jane Park.
The team will be captained by Martha Wilkinson Kerouac. Alternates, in order, are Leigh Anne Hardin (21), Ashley Knoll (18) and Amber Marsh-Elliott (34).
Though she is the youngest player ever to compete, Wie has plenty of top-flight experience. She played against the men of the PGA Tour in January and just barely missed making the cut. She became the youngest player in history to win an adult USGA title last year when she won the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links. She also finished in a tie for ninth at this years Kraft Nabisco Championship, an LPGA major.
Emma Duggleby, 32 years old, and Fame Moore, 22, are the two members of the GB&I team who have Curtis Cup experience. Duggleby will be playing Curtis Cup for the third time. Moore played in the 2002 matches.
Besides Duggleby, Moore, Hathgate and Masters, the remainder of the Great Britain-Ireland squad will be Claire Coughlan, 24, of Ireland; Anne Lang, 29, of Scotland; Shelley McKevitt, 24, of England; and Nicola Timmons, 23, of England.
GB&I reserves are Lynn Kerry, Trisha Morgan, Kate Phillips and Clare Queen. Great Britain-Ireland is captained by Ada OSullivan.
A large galley of approximately 6,000 per day is expected for the event.
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