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NEWS: USGA Announces 2018 U.S. Curtis Cup Team

Jennifer Kupcho is one of the members of this year's Curtis Cup team. (Photo: Wake Forest Athletics)

The USGA on Tuesday announced the eight female amateur golfers selected to represent the United States in the 40th Curtis Cup Match against counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland.   

The players:

Mariel Galdiano, 19, of Pearl City, Hawaii

Kristen Gillman, 20, of Austin, Texas

Jennifer Kupcho, 20, of Westminster, Colo.

Andrea Lee, 19, of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Lucy Li, 15, of Redwood Shores, Calif.

Sophia Schubert, 22, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Lauren Stephenson, 20, of Lexington, S.C.

Lilia Vu, 20, of Fountain Valley, Calif.


The biennial match will be played at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., June 8-10.

“We couldn’t be prouder to announce that these eight terrific young women will represent the United States in the 40th Curtis Cup Match,” said Mark Newell, USGA president. “They are among the most talented players in the world, and not only that, they are true ambassadors for the game and for the USGA. We all wish them the best as they prepare to compete this June at Quaker Ridge.”

All eight players are ranked in the top 25 of the women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Vu (No. 1), Kupcho (No. 3), Lee (No. 5), Stephenson (No. 7) and Li (No. 10) are in the top 10.

Galdiano and Lee both competed in the 2016 Curtis Cup held in Ireland at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, in which Great Britain and Ireland won 11½-8½.

Virginia Derby Grimes, a three-time U.S. Curtis Cup player, will serve as captain.

“It’s exciting to have the team announced and to start preparing for June,” said Derby Grimes. “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know many of these young women over the past few months, and I can tell you firsthand that they are not only remarkable players, but remarkable people who take representing the United States extremely seriously. We’re going to work hard over the next few weeks and give the GB&I team all we’ve got.”

The U.S. alternates are Rachel Heck, 16, of Memphis, Tenn., and Emilia Migliaccio, 18, of Cary, N.C.

The United States won the last match held on American soil in 2014 at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club. The U.S. leads the overall series 28-8-3.


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