Vu by no means performed in a Junior Ryder Cup or Junior Solheim. As a freshman at UCLA, she discovered in regards to the Curtis Cup in 2016 after three teammates, together with Legislation, have been picked to signify the U.S. and Nice Britain and Eire. An envious Vu rapidly made it a objective.
And now, the USGA has introduced that 20-year-old Vu, the world’s top-ranked novice and Division I collegiate participant, will lead Workforce USA on the 40th Curtis Cup Match, to be performed June 8-10 at Quaker Ridge Golf Membership in Scarsdale, N.Y. The biennial competitors options groups of eight gamers who compete in six foursomes (alternate-shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles matches over three days of competitors.
Virginia Derby Grimes, the 1998 U.S. Ladies’s Mid-Beginner champion and a member of the victorious 1998, 2000 and 2006 Curtis Cup Groups, will function USA captain. Scotland’s Elaine Farquharson-Black will as soon as once more lead GB&I, having captained the house group to victory in 2016. Legislation grew to become the second participant in occasion historical past to go 5-0-Zero that yr, becoming a member of Stacy Lewis (2008).
“I’m tremendous grateful,” stated Vu. “I by no means get picked for occasions like this as a result of I’ve by no means been adequate to get picked for these occasions.”
Solely now, she’s a no brainer, having gained eight occasions at UCLA, together with 4 in a row this season, and advancing to the semifinals of final yr’s U.S. Ladies’s Beginner.
The eight gamers who will compete at Quaker Ridge are:
- Mariel Galdiano, 19, of Pearl Metropolis, Hawaii
- Kristen Gillman, 20, of Austin, Texas
- Jennifer Kupcho, 20, of Westminster, Colo.
- Andrea Lee, 19, of Hermosa Seashore, Calif.
- Luci 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.
Solely two gamers return from the 2016 roster: UCLA’s Galdiano and Stanford’s Lee.
Essentially the most well-known participant on the checklist occurs to be the youngest. Li made headlines across the sports activities world in 2014 when she grew to become the youngest to ever qualify for the U.S. Ladies’s Open at 10 years, 10 months and four days outdated. She’s the primary 15-year-old on the U.S. Curtis Cup group since Lexi Thompson in 2010.
Like Vu, Alabama’s Stephenson hasn’t had a lot expertise representing her nation in competitors.
“Getting that decision was such a aid,” stated Stephenson, who reached the quarterfinals of final yr’s U.S. Ladies’s Beginner and made the lower on the 2017 U.S. Ladies’s Open. She’s been on hearth at Alabama, posting 15 of 23 rounds within the 60s this season with two victories.
Stephenson will probably be joined by Tide teammate Kristen Gillman, who gained the 2014 U.S. Ladies’s Beginner on the age of 16, defeating Brooke Henderson in an excellent show of ball-striking. Gillman is one in every of two Ladies’s Beginner champs within the subject. Sophia Schubert claimed victory final summer time over Swiss star Albane Valenzuela, 6 and 5, at San Diego Nation Membership. The Texas senior made the lower in her first LPGA begin, the Evian Championship, final fall.
Alternates for Workforce USA are, so as of rating: Rachel Heck, 16, of Memphis, Tenn., and Emilia Migliaccio, 18, of Cary, N.C.
“Our committee is extraordinarily considerate throughout the choice course of and takes very critically the chance to pick the members of this group,” stated Martha Lang, of Birmingham, Ala., who’s in her first yr as chair of the ITS Committee and fourth yr as a member of the USGA Govt Committee. “We all know the gamers we chosen are terribly proficient opponents who will embody the custom of camaraderie set forth by Margaret and Harriot Curtis in 1932.”