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Lee Selected for Curtis Cup

Erynne Lee, 21, of Silverdale, Wash. was selected by the USGA as one of the eight players who will represent the U.S. in the 2014 Curtis Cup Match, to be conducted June 6-8 at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club.

Erynne Lee
Erynne Lee

Lee, a junior at UCLA, was a 3-time PNGA Women’s Player of the Year and 2-time PNGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year. She owns three collegiate victories – the 2013 Mason Rudolph Championship, the 2013 NorthropGrumman Regional Challenge and the 2012 Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. She was named a 2012 and 2013 All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2011 and 2012. Lee was also the 2012 Division I Freshman of the Year. She is No. 25 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Lee advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club, where she lost to eventual champion Amanda Blumenherst, and was a tri-medalist in the 2010 championship at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club, where she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Jessica Korda. Lee also reached the quarterfinals at the 2011 and 2012 Women’s Amateurs. She competed in the 2008 and 2011 U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

Lee has twice represented the U.S. on behalf of the United States Golf Association. She was a member of Team USA for the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey, and she teamed with 2012 U.S. Curtis Cup Team member Lindy Duncan to win the women’s title of the 2013 Copa de las Americas at Trump National Doral in Miami.

Lee is the daughter of Brian Lee and the late Debbie Kim. She has one sister, Katie, who also competed in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

“We are very proud of these eight women who have been selected to represent the United States at the Curtis Cup Match,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the International Team Selection Committee. “While their playing records are exemplary, they also personify the ideals of sportsmanship, competitiveness and affability that are among the defining characteristics of this competition. We trust that they will represent their country in fine fashion come June.”

The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial international women’s amateur golf competition between eight-player teams from the U.S. and Great Britain and Ireland. Six-time USGA champion and two-time U.S. Curtis Cup Team member Ellen Port will serve as captain of Team USA for the 38th Match.

The other seven players selected to Team USA are Kyung Kim, 19, of Chandler, Ariz.; Alison Lee, 19, of Valencia, Calif.; Ally McDonald, 21, of Fulton, Miss.; Annie Park, 18, of Levittown, N.Y.; Ashlan Ramsey, 18, of Milledgeville, Ga.; Mariah Stackhouse, 19, of Riverdale, Ga.; and Emma Talley, 19, of Princeton, Ky. All eight players are among the top 25 of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, with Park (No. 2), Alison Lee (No. 3), Ramsey (No. 7), McDonald (No. 9) and Kim (No. 10) in the top 10.

The Curtis Cup Match consists of six foursomes (alternate-shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles matches over three days of competition. Among notable past USA Curtis Cup Team members are U.S. Women’s Open champions JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Paula Creamer, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacy, as well as past and present LPGA stars such as Beth Daniel, Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis, Nancy Lopez, Dottie Pepper, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie.

GB&I won the 2012 Match at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland, 10.5-9.5, while the USA Team leads the overall series, 27-7-3.

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