FAR HILLS, N.J. - Auburn junior Cydney Clanton has been selected as one of eight amateur golfers to represent the United States at the 2010 Curtis Cup, June 11-13, at Essex Country Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., the United States Golf Association announced Monday. Senior Candace Schepperle was selected as the first alternate for the team.
The Curtis Cup Match, contested biennially, features eight female amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland and eight players who represent the United States. The Match consists of three foursomes (alternate-shot) and three four-ball (better-ball) matches on the first two days. On the final day, all eight players from each side play in singles matches.
Clanton, a native of Concord, N.C., becomes the fourth Auburn golfer to earn her way onto the Curtis Cup team, joining Margaret Platt (1990), Virginia Derby-Grimes (1998, 2000, 2006) and Courtney Trimble (2002).
With the collegiate regular season complete, Clanton is the top-ranked player in the country according to the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings. She also has a team-best 71.47 stroke average along with two individual victories this season. Clanton also competed last week at the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., her first appearance in a LPGA major championship.
Schepperle, a Birmingham native, could potentially join Clanton in the Curtis Cup as she is the team's first alternate. She is currently ranked 33rd in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings and is second on the team with a 74.05 stroke average. Schepperle also competed last week at the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship, her second appearance in the event.
Rounding out the United States' Curtis Cup squad are Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson, Denver's Kimberly Kim, UCLA's Stephanie Kono, Jessica Korda, UCLA's Tiffany Lua, USC's Jennifer Song and Alexis Thompson. Korda and Thompson are both high school students. Schepperle is the first alternate while UCLA's Sydnee Michaels is the second alternate.
This year's event will be the 36th edition of the Curtis Cup with the United States claiming victory in the last six. The U.S. holds a 26-6-3 all-time series lead in the tournament. Noreen Mohler, who was a member of the victorious 1978 Curtis Cup team, has been selected as the captain for the 2010 team.
For more information on the 2010 Curtis Cup, go to www.USGA.org.