When the Curtis Cup makes its first trip to Missouri, the U.S. team will be in local hands.
Ellen Port, 51, a five-time U.S. Golf Association champion who played in the 1994 and ’96 Curtis Cups, will coach the Americans in 2014 against Great Britain & Ireland’s top female amateurs, a source close to the selection process said.
An announcement was expected this week. Port would not comment.
Port, of St. Louis, won eight Missouri Women’s Amateur titles and holds membership in the Missouri and St. Louis sports halls of fame.
Port, the reigning U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, also owns four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles. She teaches physical education and coaches golf at John Burroughs School in St. Louis.
The U.S. team, which lost the 2012 Curtis Cup in Nairn, Scotland, leads the series, 27-7-3.
St. Louis Country Club, a Charles Blair Macdonald design and site of the Curtis Cup, will celebrate its centennial in 2014.