Annie Park to play for USA in Curtis Cup
Annie Park of Levittown will represent the U.S. this June in the Curtis Cup, the top international amateur golf team competition for women.
Park, the defending NCAA women's champion for Stanford, who was the record-setting winner of the Nassau County boys high school title when she was a senior at MacArthur, was among the eight golfers chosen Thursday by the U.S. Golf Association.
The Curtis Cup, which is similar to the men's Walker Cup (held last year at National Golf Links of America in Southampton), will match the U.S against the Great Britain and Ireland team June 6-8 at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club.
"I am so proud of these players and excited for what is ahead for this team," said U.S. captain Ellen Port, a two-time Curtis Cup team member.
In Park's freshman season last year, she won the individual national title and led USC to the team championship. Soon after that, she competed in her second consecutive U.S. Women's Open, held at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton. Earlier this week, she accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA's first major of the season, to be held in California the first week in April.
Her USC teammate Kyung Kim also was named to the U.S. team, along with Allison Lee and Erynne Lee (UCLA), Ally McDonald (Mississippi State), Ashlan Ramsey (Clemson), Mariah Stackhouse (Stanford) and Emma Talley (Alabama).