Curtis Cup: Who could've made U.S. team?

USC junior Doris Chen was omitted off the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup team.

On March 13, the 2014 Curtis Cup team was announced. All eight college players and Curtis Cup first-timers are ranked inside the top 25 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Most of these players aren’t new to international competition as they have played in multiple Junior Solheim Cups and Junior Ryder Cups.

But, let’s just imagine the Curtis Cup team is made up of 10 players like the Walker Cup team instead of eight. Who would else would make the team?

We take a look at six other players that had a good chance to make this elite squad, all of whom participated in the practice session at the end of January, early February.

The Curtis Cup takes place at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club, June 6-8.

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1. Doris Chen, USC junior

Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings: 33

Golfstat Head-to-Head Rankings: 53

Top Finishes: T-2, Bruin Wave Invitational; T-9, Windy City Collegiate; Semifinals, U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship; Runner-up, 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship

The skinny: Chen is the first alternate on the team this year and rightfully so. She has shown again and again why she is one of the top players in the world – especially in match play– and a force to be reckoned with. Only thing missing from her resume: A victory.

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2. Karen Chung, USC, freshman

Hometown: Livingston, N.J.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings: 34

Golfstat Head-to-Head Rankings: 40

Top Finishes: T-3, Stanford Intercollegaite; Sixth, Windy City Collegiate; Semifinals, U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship; T-50, U.S. Women’s Open; Quarterfinalist, U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship

The skinny: There was no way four USC players were going to be on the team, but Chung, along with Chen, could have easily made it just that. Chung, although young, has shown she thrives in international play. She went 2-0-1 at the Junior Solheim Cup in 2013.

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3. Lauren Diaz-Yi, Virginia freshman

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings: 172

Golfstat Head-to-Head Rankings: 165

Top Finishes: Seventh, FSU Match-Up; Winner, 2013 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship

The skinny: Diaz-Yi hasn’t done much since her victory in Oklahoma last June, but she has shown that she can take down the best. She is the second alternate for this team. Diaz-Yi will have a few more chances to make this team as she is only a freshman. Expect her to put her name in the mix for 2016.

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4. Grace Na, Pepperdine, senior

Hometown: Alamedia, Calif.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings: 10

Golfstat Head-to-Head Rankings: 27

Top Finishes: T-4, Bruin Wave Invitational; Second, UC Irvine Invitational; Won, Golfweek Conference Challenge; Fifth, Dick McGuire Invitational; Round of 16, 2013 U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship

The skinny: Na would have given the United States some more leadership on the team as the team only has two players over the age of 20 on the team and the rest are teenagers. This was her last chance to make the team as she is graduating in May.

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5. Nicole Morales, Alabama, fall 2014

Hometown: South Salem, N.Y.

Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings: 1

Golfstat Head-to-Head Rankings: N/A

Top Finishes: Round of 32, U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship; Fourth, AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions; Won, 2013 AJGA Thunderbird International

The skinny: This young player would have brought a bit of charisma to the team. Although she is only 17, Morales has shown maturity in her game. The incoming Alabama freshman will be given more of an opportunity to make the team in 2016 and beyond.

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6. Casie Cathrea

Hometown: Livemore, Calif.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings: N/A

Golfstat Head-to-Head Rankings: N/A

Top Finishes: Won, San Francisco City Championship; T-9, Windy City Collegiate; 2013 Women’s Porter Cup

The skinny: Leaving Oklahoma State after the fall season didn’t help her case. Cathrea won the Women’s Porter Cup before enrolling at OSU, but the field didn’t have the best of the best. She showed she is good at match play after winning the 2014 San Francisco City Championship last week.

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