CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is Oct. 20-23 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Next week, the USGA will announce the three players who will represent Team USA.
If the winner of this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is American, she would be a lock for the team. Who else should wear the red, white and blue? Here is what my dream team would look like.
1.) Cydney Clanton. What a year the senior-to-be at Auburn has had. The 2008 NGCA Freshman of the Year continued to get better over the past couple of seasons. Clanton posted a school-record 71.45 scoring average in 2009-10 and finished T-3 at the NCAA Championship. Clanton represented the U.S. at the Curtis Cup and helped the team to its seventh straight victory. Clanton also won the North & South Amateur. Clanton was a quarterfinalist a year ago at the Women’s Am. If she can make another run this week, she would be a lock for a trip to South America.
2.) Jessica Korda. This one seems like a no-brainer. In 2006, Korda, then 13, represented the Czech Republic at the World Amateur Team in South Africa. She shot 73-77-74-79, helping her squad a T-20 finish. Now 17, Korda can play for Team USA because she has dual citizenship. Earlier this summer, Korda was a member of Team USA at the Curtis Cup. She is one of the top amateurs in the game. With Alexis Thompson playing professionally, Korda could be considered the best American women’s amateur.
3.) Danielle Kang. If the USGA has a scoring system for scouting talent, then Kang has been racking up points. She was medalist last summer at the Women’s Amateur at Old Warson Country Club. She was medalist yet again a few weeks ago at the Country Club of North Carolina at the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Kang was one of five amateurs to make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open, finishing 64th. Kang has had success at USGA events. Somehow her name constantly flies under the radar, but I think she would be a great secret weapon for Team USA.