June 6, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's golfer Laura Myerscough has been selected to represent the United States in the 2002 Curtis Cup match against Great Britain & Ireland. The biennial match will be contested Aug. 3-4 at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Myerscough, a junior from Charleston, Ill., earned NGCA honorable mention All-America honors after posting a 75.21 stroke average in 11 events this season. She carded a 70-73-72-71=286 (-2), her lowest tournament total of the season, at the 2002 NCAA Championships to finish in seventh place. It was one of four top-10 finishes for her this season.
The only UA golfer to participate in all 11 events for the NCAA runner-up Wildcats, Myerscough collected top-25 finishes in eight of those starts. She also has previous international experience to her credit, as she was a member of the USA squad at the 2000 Women's World Amateur Championships.
"I'm really honored to be named to the Curtis Cup team," said Myerscough. "Ever since finishing as the runner-up at the 2000 U.S. Amateur, I've made it a point to be involved in major amateur golf competitions, and being on the Curtis Cup team was a long term goal of mine. I know that my finish at the NCAA Championships helped get me on the team and I'm hoping to use the experience as a springboard for a strong senior season."
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 and Great Britain and Ireland. The Cup is named in honor of Harriot and Margaret Curtis, sisters who win the U.S. Women's Amateur title four times between them.
The U.S. leads the series 22-6-3 and has won the last two meetings.
Other players named to the U.S. squad include Emily Bastel, Meredith Duncan, Mollie Frankhauser, Ann Hardin, Angela Jerman, Carol Semple Thompson and Courtney Swaim. The U.S. team will be captained by Mary Budke, while Judy Oliver will serve as the honorary captain.
"It is a great reward for a strong season and a great finish," said Arizona head coach Greg Allen. "We're definitely proud to have Laura representing the United States in this international competition."
The selection to the Curtis Cup team also gives Myerscough an exemption into the 2002 U.S. Women's Open, scheduled for July 4-7 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.