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Five players named to '12 U.S. Curtis Cup team

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The USGA appointed five players on Wednesday to the United States Curtis Cup team for the 37th edition of the matches to be played June 8-10 at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.

The handful of players include Amy Anderson, 19, of Oxbow, N.D.; Lindy Duncan, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Austin Ernst, 19, of Seneca, S.C.; Tiffany Lua, 20, of Rowland Heights, Calif.; and Brooke Pancake, 21, of Chattanooga, Tenn.

The three remaining players on the eight-player squad will be announced in January.

Duncan finished as the low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open, representing Duke. Anderson, a junior at North Dakota State University, won the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior and was the fourth-best amateur at the ’11 Women’s Open.

Ernst, a sophomore at LSU, won the 2011 NCAA Championship – the first freshman to do so in 13 years. She was a semifinalist at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Pancake was also a semifinalist and is in her senior season at Alabama.

Lua helped lead the UCLA women's golf team to the '11 NCAA team championship.

All five players finished within the top 20 at the 2011 NCAA Division I Championship. Duncan, Ernst and Pancake were named to the 2011 NGCA All-American first team, while Anderson and Lua received second-team honors.

In the biennial matches against GB&I, the U.S. has a record of 27-6-3. The U.S. has won the last seven matches, including the 2010 match at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., by a score of 12.5-7.5.