Curtis Cup: Meet the teams

Brooke Pancake

Here are the rosters for the 37th Curtis Cup to be played June 8-10 in Nairn, Scotland:

United States

Captain: Pat Cornett

Amy Anderson, 19, Oxbow, N.D.: Anderson (North Dakota State) is the geographical outlier, but hasn’t struggled yet to revive her game after winter. It could even play to her advantage in potentially nasty Scottish weather conditions.

Lindy Duncan, 21, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: A quiet player at Duke who has a keen ability to assess her own game and work on her weaknesses. Duncan can score from anywhere, which will make her a valuable foursomes player.

Austin Ernst, 20, Seneca, S.C.: A powerful, aggressive player at LSU. Her confidence and experience made great strides at last month’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she was able to see how she stacks up against LPGA players (T-49).

Tiffany Lua, 21, Rowland Heights, Calif.: The surprise player on the 2010 squad, Lua now is the veteran. What she lacks in length off the tee, she makes up for in consistency. With 21 USGA individual championships played, she’s familiar with match play.

Lisa McCloskey, 20, Houston: Very competitive, and remains focused while on the course. McCloskey, who missed much of last year’s postseason with a rib injury, is now healthy and has been an asset for USC with five top-10 finishes this season.

Brooke Pancake, 21, Chattanooga, Tenn.: A steady leader with a good head on her shoulders, Pancake leads No. 2 Alabama in scoring this season and also excels in class. Advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Erica Popson, 21, Davenport, Fla.: Owns a powerful long ball, but while hampered by a thumb injury through much of her college career (at Tennessee), has developed a deft touch around the greens. Playing as well as ever after undergoing surgery in the offseason. She might be the team’s darkhouse.

Emily Tubert, 19, Burbank, Calif.: Another player with a long, controlled tee ball. Tubert has the ability to go low – she tied the NCAA scoring record with 9-under 63 a year ago as a freshman at Arkansas.

– Julie Williams

Great Britain and Ireland

Captain: Tegwen Matthews

Amy Boulden, 18, Conwy, Wales: Has match-play experience as member of the 2011 European Junior Solheim Cup and semifinalist at 2011 Ladies British Amateur Championship.

Holly Clyburn, 21, Cleethorpes, England: Arguably the most internationally experienced player on the squad. She is one of three returnees from 2010 Curtis Cup. Clyburn has faced U.S. competition with three top 10s on the Orange Blossom Circuit earlier this year in Florida (fourth at Dixie Amateur, fifth at Harder Hall and ninth at South Atlantic Amateur).

Charley Hull, 16, Kettering, England: Teen is the most-talented player on the squad and garnered the most headlines of late for her off the team/on the team news. Tied for 38th at LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco the week the LGU had a change of heart.

Bronte Law, 17, Stockport, England: Another young GB&I player with experience, having won the 2011 Scottish Under-16 Girls’ Stroke Play Championship. Law also won four of five points for England in 2011 Home Internationals.

Leona Maguire, 17, Ballyconnell, Ireland: Maguire is looking to reverse her 1-3-1 record from 2010 matches. Talented player won last year’s Portuguese Stroke Play by 15 and Ladies’ British Amateur Stroke Play by six shots.

Stephanie Meadow, 20, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland: Well-known player to Americans because of her success at Alabama, where she has five victories and holds the school record for most wins. Could there be a singles match against her Crimson Tide teammate, Brooke Pancake?

Pamela Pretswell, 22, Hamilton, Scotland: Third returning member of 2010 Curtis Cup (1-2-0), Pretswell will be playing in her home country. Gave up a promising tennis career, where she played the Junior Wimbledon, to focus on golf.

Kelly Tidy, 20, Bolton, England: Has match-play experience, having reached the semifinals or finals in the Girls’ and Ladies’ British Amateur Championships the past four years (2008-11). She won the 2010 Ladies’ British.

– Alistair Tait

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