Thompson highlights U.S. Curtis Cup team

Alexis Thompson, 15, will compete in the Curtis Cup Match in June.

Alexis Thompson, 15, will compete in the Curtis Cup Match in June.

Jessica Korda used to wear red, white and blue for her parents’ native Czech Republic. This summer, however, the 17-year-old, who holds dual citizenship, will wear the same colors under a different flag. She’ll don the Stars and Stripes to represent the U.S. in the 2010 Curtis Cup Match on June 11-13 at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

“It’s a sense of power,” Korda said of the U.S. team. “It’s like a field around them that no one can really touch when they go to tournaments, and just to be a part of that is amazing. Wearing red, white and blue, playing under the U.S. flag is an honor.”

All eight players on this year’s Curtis Cup team are younger than 21, with Alexis Thompson the youngest at 15. Golfweek has learned that the ’08 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion will turn pro the week after the Curtis Cup, making her debut June 18-20 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

U.S. Curtis Cup team

Cydney Clanton, 20 Auburn

Jennifer Johnson, 18 Arizona State

Kimberly Kim, 18 U. of Denver

Stephanie Kono, 20 UCLA

Jessica Korda, 17 Bradenton, Fla.

Tiffany Lua, 19 UCLA

Jennifer Song, 20 USC

Alexis Thompson, 15 Coral Springs, Fla.

Jennifer Song, 20, the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur and WAPL champion, also plans to turn pro after the Curtis Cup. She clipped Thompson by one stroke for low-amateur honors two weeks ago at the Kraft Nabisco.

This marked the first year that the USGA International Team Selection Committee, chaired by Steve Smyers, chose the team rather than the Women’s Committee.

Denver freshman Kimberly Kim is the only remaining member of the victorious ’08 squad in Scotland. Kim, the ’06 Women’s Amateur champion, was a finalist at the WAPL and Girls’ Junior last summer.

“I think the key to team play is to never apologize,” Kim said.

Tiffany Lua seemed as surprised as anybody to find her name on the roster. A semifinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur last year, Lua already was prepared to work harder to make the 2012 team.

Auburn senior Candace Schepperle was named first alternate, a shock to many given that she made the cut at the ’09 U.S. Women’s Open and won the ’09 Dixie Amateur and Harder Hall Invitationals. She also was the ’09 Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Year.

– Julie Williams contributed

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