Semple Thompson Makes Record 12th Curtis Cup Team


Far Hills, N.J. - Six-time USA national champion Carol Semple Thompson and current U.S. Womens Amateur champion Meredith Duncan lead the list of selections for the 2002 USA Curtis Cup team announced for its biennial match against the Great Britain & Ireland team. The match will be contested Aug. 3-4 at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The eight-member USA team was selected by the United States Golf Associations Womens Committee and will be captained by Mary Budke, 48, of Eugene, Ore. Budke, the 1972 U.S. Womens Amateur champion, was a member of the 1974 U.S. Curtis Cup team.
Judy Oliver of Sewickley, Pa., is the honorary captain for this years Curtis Cup Match. She was a U.S. Curtis Cup team member in 1978, 1980 and 1982, and was captain of the 1992 USA squad.
Other golfers selected for the USA team include Emily Bastel, 21, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; Mollie Fankhauser, 21, of Dublin, Ohio; Leigh Anne Hardin, 20, of Martinsville, Ind.; Angela Jerman, 21, of Columbus, Ga.; Laura Myerscough, 22, of Charleston, Ill.; and Courtney Swaim, 22, of Suwanee, Ga.
Three women were selected as alternates: Danielle Downey, 21, of Spencerport, N.Y.; Jennifer Perri, 21, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and 2001 U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur champion Laura Shanahan, 43, of Bedford, N.H.
The Curtis Cup competition features three foursomes (alternate shot of partners) and six singles matches each day, with each match worth one point toward the team score. Each team gets a half point for a tied match after 18 holes.
The match is conducted every two years, alternately in the United States of America and Great Britain and Ireland. The Cup is named in honor of Harriot and Margaret Curtis, sisters who won the U.S. Women's Amateur four times between them.
The USA leads the series 22-6-3, and has won the last two meetings.
This will be the record 12th Curtis Cup appearance for Semple Thompson, 53, of Sewickley, Pa., who played in the 1974, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000 Matches. Her 16 victories (8-7-3 in foursomes and 8-8-1 in singles) is also a Curtis Cup record.
Semple Thompson captured her sixth national title when she won her third straight USGA Senior Womens Amateur in 2001. She also won the 1973 U.S. Womens Amateur and the 1990 and 1997 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championships. Semple Thompson has appeared in the U.S. Womens Open 31 times and was three times the low amateur ' 1974, 1978 and 1988. Among her numerous championships, she captured the 1974 British Ladies Open Amateur and has won the Pennsylvania State Amateur championship 20 times, including 2001.
Duncan, 22, of Shreveport, La., won the 2001 U.S. Womens Amateur in a thrilling 37-hole match over Nicole Perrot of Chile. She also captured the 2001 North-South Amateur and 2000 and 2001 Womens Western Amateurs. A first-team All-American in 2002, she received both the Dinah Shore Trophy Award and the Nancy Lopez Award. She tied for third at the 2002 NCAA East Regional and earned first-team All-American honors.
Bastel, a senior at MichiganState University, made it to the semifinals of the 2001 U.S. Womens Amateur. She earned second-team All-American honors in 2002 and was the Big Ten Conferences Athlete of the Year for womens golf. Bastel won the Big Ten Conference Championship in 2000 and earned medalist honors at both the WSF Waterlefe Invitational and Indiana Invitational in 2002.
Fankhauser, a junior at The Ohio State University, won her second straight Big Ten Conference Championship in 2002 and earned second-team All-American honors for the second straight year. She was a semifinalist at the 2001 Womens Western Amateur and finished fourth at the 2001 NCAA Western Regional. She also won the Verizon MoMorial in 2002 and tied for sixth at the 2002 NCAA Central Regional.
Hardin, a sophomore at Duke University, was the 1998 U.S. Girls Junior champion. She won medalist honors at the 2002 NCAA East Regional and finished 13th at the NCAA Championship to help Duke capture the national championship. During the 2001-02 season, she had eight top-20 finishes and earned second-team All-American honors.
Jerman, a senior at the University of Georgia, finished sixth at the 2002 NCAA Championships and earned first-team All-American honors. She was the 2002 SEC Golfer of the Year and broke the single-season scoring record at Georgia with her 72.91 stroke average. In the final 16 events of her collegiate career, she recorded 11 top-10 finishes.
Myerscough, a junior at Arizona, was the runner-up at the 2000 U.S. Womens Amateur. She finished seventh at the 2002 NCAA Championships and earned honorable mention All-American honors after earning four top-10 finishes in 2001-02. She was a member of the USA squad at the Womens World Amateur Team Championships in 2000.
Swaim, a senior at Auburn University, was the 2001 Eastern Amateur champion. In 2002, she tied for third at the NCAA East Regional and finished fourth at both the Harder Hall Invitational and the Sally. She earned first-team All-American honors in 2002 and won the Georgia Womens Open, earning a spot in the LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
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