2006: Curtis Cup could be college all-star squad

Columbus, Ohio

Carol Semple Thompson was seen sizing up potential members of this year’s Curtis Cup team last week at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. While Thompson is the captain of this year’s squad, she’s not a part of the selection committee.

“I want to know who’s on it, too,” said Thompson as she watched Arkansas senior Amanda McCurdy putt out on the 18th green. Thompson plans to have a practice session at Bandon Dunes (Ore.) July 4-6. The Curtis Cup takes place July 29-30 on the links-style layout, which could remind the Great Britain and Ireland team more of home than the American side.

“It looks like the course may not be to our advantage,” Thompson said. “But that’s no excuse. We’ll be ready to play.”

The U.S. Golf Association’s Curtis Cup selection committee was expected to announce its decision at mid-week. If Golfweek had its say, here’s what the U.S. squad would look like (in alphabetical order):

Amanda Blumenherst: 2006 College Player of the Year proved she’s the complete package in her first season at Duke.

Irene Cho: College golf’s hottest player this spring won four times in final semester at Southern Cal.

Anna Grzebien: 2005 NCAA champion brings competitive fire and revamped swing to college-heavy team.

Ashley Knoll: Texas A&M junior broke out of slump to finish season ranked No. 5; runner-up at South Atlantic Amateur.

Taylor Leon: Georgia frosh beat Paige Mackenzie to win ’05 Pacific Northwest Amateur and Morgan Pressel to win Doherty Amateur.

Paige Mackenzie: Golfweek’s top-ranked amateur tied for 13th at 2005 U.S. Women’s Open and won ’05 Trans National.

Amanda McCurdy: 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up made the cut at last year’s Open and has plenty of grit.

Jane Park: Only returnee from last Curtis Cup; UCLA freshman finished season ranked No. 6.

Alternates: Virginia Grimes, Mina Harigae

– Beth Ann Baldry and Jay A. Coffin

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