Final three named to Curtis Cup team
McCloskey, Popson, Tubert join five others to form team USA
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- The United States Golf Association today announced the final three players to the eight-player team that will represent the USA at the 2012 Curtis Cup Match, to be conducted June 8-10 at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.
The players are: Lisa McCloskey, 20, of Houston, Texas; Erica Popson, 20, of Davenport, Fla.; and Emily Tubert, 19, of Burbank, Calif.
These three players join Amy Anderson, 19, of Oxbow, N.D.; Lindy Duncan, 21, 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., who were named to the team in late December.
“I am so pleased that Lisa, Erica and Emily have been named to the 2012 Curtis Cup Team,” said USA Team Captain Patricia Cornett, M.D. “I could not have asked for a more talented and dedicated trio of players to have been selected. My congratulations go to each on this honor.”
McCloskey, a senior at the University of Southern California, was the runner-up to Tubert at the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. She qualified for the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Women's Open Championships, finishing as the third-lowest amateur in 2010.
Popson, a junior at the University of Tennessee, is coming off a standout sophomore season for the Lady Vols, during which she won four tournaments, including the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championship. She also tied for first at a fifth event, making her the first collegiate player to win medalist honors at four consecutive tournaments since Lorena Ochoa won seven in a row in 2001-02.
Tubert, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, defeated McCloskey to win the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. She followed that victory with an outstanding freshman season at Arkansas, in which she won three tournaments and earned first-team All-America honors.
All eight members of the USA Team were named to the National Golf Coaches Association’s All-American first or second team in 2011.
The alternates for the USA Team are, in order of ranking: Erynne Lee, 18, of Silverdale, Wash.; and Marina Alex, 21, of Wayne, N.J.
The Curtis Cup Match consists of six foursomes (alternate-shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles matches over three days of competition. The USA Team has won the last seven Matches and leads the series, 27-6-3.