Top 10 female amateurs: No. 7 Lisa McCloskey

Lisa McCloskey plays from the tee on the first hole as seen during the second round of stroke play at the 2012 U.S. Women's Public Links at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, N.J. on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

Lisa McCloskey plays from the tee on the first hole as seen during the second round of stroke play at the 2012 U.S. Women's Public Links at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, N.J. on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

The amateur season roared in with talk of the Curtis Cup in Scotland, and died down with the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey, which made patriotism a big part of 2012. But in terms of women’s amateur golf, 2012 also was the year of the Kiwi (read: Lydia Ko) and the last summer of the Jutanugarn sisters.

Golfweek will spend 10 days counting down the top amateur players of the past year. Who will be No. 1? Who else will make the list? Check back each day. Find the entire series here.

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No. 7: Lisa McCloskey

R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking: N/A

2012 in review: U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links stroke-play medalist; U.S. Curtis Cup team member (2 points); U.S. Women’s World Amateur team member (T-4); advanced to third round of U.S. Women’s Amateur; NCAA Central Regional co-medalist

McCloskey rang in her last summer as an amateur with a trip to Scotland for the Curtis Cup. Barely two weeks removed from leading USC to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship, McCloskey was the player at Nairn Golf Club during Curtis Cup week who exuded confidence.

Only three Americans won their singles match on the final day of the Curtis Cup, and McCloskey, 21, was one of them. She defeated Pamela Pretswell, 4 and 3. McCloskey also competed for the U.S. at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey. She was the top American at the event, finishing T-4 individually.

McCloskey’s final summer as an amateur, one in which she also finished up her final credits (an oceanography class) for her USC degree, was highlighted by other milestones. A veteran of 13 individual U.S. Golf Association amateur championships, McCloskey never had earned medalist honors in stroke play. She did that for the first time this summer at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, a tournament in which she finished runner-up to Emily Tubert in 2010. McCloskey also advanced to the third round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

After making her professional debut at the final stage of LPGA Q-School, which involved little more excitement than checking a box on her entry form, McCloskey is on to the LPGA tour. She finished T-5 to earn a card for 2013.

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