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James Achenbach
Hannah and Don Wood after Hannah officially committed to the University of Oklahoma, starting this fall.
Hannah and Don Wood after Hannah officially committed to the University of Oklahoma, starting this fall.

DuPONT, Wash. – The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship has always been a celebration of golfers who play at public golf courses.

The event was first conducted in 1977. Kelly Fuiks, who would become Mrs. David Leadbetter, won the the first two. Pearl Sinn, at the time the most dominant amateur in the world -- man or woman -- captured back-to-back WAPL victories in 1988 and 1989 to go along with her U.S. Women's Amateur title in 1988.

At 10 years old, Michelle Wie put her name in the record books as the youngest competitor in Public Links ...

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Cassie Stein
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson captured low-amateur honors at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 22.

Henderson, 16, from Smith Falls, Ontario, shot a 1-under 69 to finish at 5-over 285. Her 69 was one of 16 rounds under par Sunday.

“Ball striking was really big for me today,” Henderson added. “I made two mistakes off the tee which cost me a double and a bogey, but other than that, I was hitting it really well and had a couple tap-in birdies, which is really nice.”

At one point, Henderson was 3 under for her ...

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Cassie Stein
Brooke Henderson, shown here during the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, won the 2014 Women's Porter Cup after a final-round 9-under 62 at Niagara Fall Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y.
Brooke Henderson, shown here during the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, won the 2014 Women's Porter Cup after a final-round 9-under 62 at Niagara Fall Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y.

In a tune-up for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Brooke Henderson shot a final-round bogey-free 9-under 62 at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y., to win the second annual Women’s Porter Cup.

Henderson, No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, entered the final round nine shots back of second-round leader and fellow Canadian Jennifer Ha.

Ha, a rising senior at Kent State, shot a final-round 74 to tie for second with Princess Superal of the Philippines at 5-under 208.

Henderson, a 16-year-old who is a member of Canada’s National Team, made five ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
U.S. captain Ellen Port (left) celebrates with her team after regaining the Curtis Cup at St. Louis Country Club.
U.S. captain Ellen Port (left) celebrates with her team after regaining the Curtis Cup at St. Louis Country Club.

St. Louis – Ellen Port once said one of the things she loves the most about golf is that, at times, it’s preposterous. The U.S. Curtis Cup captain woke up Sunday morning, however, hoping nothing wildly strange would happen on this day.

And it didn’t.

Emma Talley, the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, went out in the first match of singles competition and secured the winning the point. The Americans needed only one point on Sunday afternoon to regain the cup, and they made quick work of it. England’s Bronte Law three-putted the 15th green ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
U.S. captain Ellen Port with Mariah Stackhouse (right) and Emma Talley during the morning four-ball match of the 2014 Curtis Cup.
U.S. captain Ellen Port with Mariah Stackhouse (right) and Emma Talley during the morning four-ball match of the 2014 Curtis Cup.

ST. LOUIS –– England’s Georgia Hall thought about the tee shot all night. The par-3 178-yard 16th, the Redan, is no pushover. Mariah Stackhouse thought about it, too. She’s had a tough time with that tee box all week.

The teams returned to St. Louis Country Club at 11 a.m. on Sunday to finish off the last foursomes match of the 38th Curtis Cup. The U.S. carried a 1-up lead through 15 holes when play was suspended on Saturday evening due to darkness.

Great Britain and Ireland, trailing 9-2 and in desperate need of a spark, promptly ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
The U.S. team gathers before the stat of play during the Saturday four-ball matches at the 2014 Curtis Cup.
The U.S. team gathers before the stat of play during the Saturday four-ball matches at the 2014 Curtis Cup.

ST. LOUIS – Tegwen Matthews said it feels like the movie “Guns of Navarrone” here at the the Curtis Cup. Her GB&I team has spent the last two days dodging bullets from the Americans.

And Nos. 11-13 here at C.B. Macdonald’s 100-year-old track, well, she likened those holes to a noose tightening around any hope of a comeback during Saturday’s foursome session.

But make no mistake, despite a 9-2 lead for the Americans, Matthews still wears a smile.

“I’m a very optimistic person,” Matthews said. “Whilst there’s light there, there’s life.”

Darkness halted play ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
GB&I's Annabel Dimmock during Saturday morning's four-ball match against the U.S. at the 2014 Curtis Cup.
GB&I's Annabel Dimmock during Saturday morning's four-ball match against the U.S. at the 2014 Curtis Cup.

ST. LOUIS – The point Great Britain and Ireland secured on the 18th green did more than boost morale. It assured that Sunday’s singles matches are relevant.

Had Bronte Law and Annabel Dimmock not roared back from 2 down with three holes to play and simply halved their match against Annie Park and Erynne Lee, then a sweep in the afternoon foursomes session would’ve given Team USA the 10 1/2 points need to win.

Instead, GB&I enters the fourth session trailing the U.S. 7-2 at a soft St. Louis Country Club. The afternoon foursomes session was ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Emma Talley of the 2014 Curtis Cup's U.S. team during her win last year at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Emma Talley of the 2014 Curtis Cup's U.S. team during her win last year at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

ST. LOUIS – Day 1 of the 38th Curtis Cup started with an inspiring speech from the mighty Mariah Stackhouse and ended with a 5-1 lead for Team USA. There were a few hiccups here and there – the odd three-putt from the Americans or wayward drive – but overall a spectacular display of golf.

Great Britain and Ireland captain Tegwen Matthews told her team there was no time for despondency. They played high-quality golf. The Americans simply played better.

“We were beaten by the Americans on the greens, in particular,” Matthews said. “They holed more putts.”

When it was over, Matthews and ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
U.S. captain Ellen Port with Mariah Stackhouse (right) and Emma Talley during the morning four-ball match of the 2014 Curtis Cup.
U.S. captain Ellen Port with Mariah Stackhouse (right) and Emma Talley during the morning four-ball match of the 2014 Curtis Cup.

ST. LOUIS – On the eve of the 38th Curtis Cup, Mariah Stackhouse asked captain Ellen Port if the team planned to gather on the first tee. She’d like to say a few words, if it pleased the captain.

And so at 7:45 a.m., Team USA huddled on the opening hole at St. Louis Country Club where Stackhouse, a junior at Stanford, delivered an impassioned speech, encouraging her teammates to play for each other.

“We got here this week because we earned it,” Stackhouse said. “Play like we deserve this.”

Emma Talley, Stackhouse’s close friend and partner ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
UCLA's Alison Lee
UCLA's Alison Lee

ST. LOUIS – Everything here at St. Louis Country Club is rich. The club’s history, the tony mansions with lawns so lush that you want to stop the car and have a picnic, the polo field that doubles as a practice range and the assembled talent for the 38th Curtis Cup at this storied Charles Blair Macdonald design.

There’s a heightened sense of intrigue at this week’s matches after Great Britain and Ireland stunned the Americans in Scotland two years ago, ending a streak of seven consecutive victories for Team USA. The upset revitalized this event, in much ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse appreciates the significance of her historic Curtis Cup selection -- it's one more step in the 20-year-old golfer's journey (shown here during the 2014 NCAA D-I Women's Championship).
Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse appreciates the significance of her historic Curtis Cup selection -- it's one more step in the 20-year-old golfer's journey (shown here during the 2014 NCAA D-I Women's Championship).

Mariah Stackhouse starts her warmup late at Stanford Golf Course, hitting no more than 15 balls on the range and a few rolls on the practice putting green. The Stanford freshman stripes her first drive down the middle, knocks her second shot onto the opening par 5 in two and drains an 11-foot putt for eagle.

Birdies on Nos. 2, 4 and 5 follow.

She hooks her drive so much on the dogleg-left, par-5 seventh that it sails through the trees, leaving only a hybrid to the green for her second shot. Stackhouse converts a 30-footer for eagle and then ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Lucy Li, shown here at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club, became the youngest U.S. Women's Open qualifier in history on May 19.
Lucy Li, shown here at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club, became the youngest U.S. Women's Open qualifier in history on May 19.

Lucy Li was 7 years old when her parents phoned Jim McLean about giving her lessons. McLean’s initial reaction: That’s a little too young.

The family flew from California to Miami to meet McLean at Doral. He watched her hit balls, and soon after an arrangement was made that Li’s aunt would stay with her during the winter months so she could train with McLean and his assistants in Florida.

No one could imagine that four years later, Li would become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open at age 11. Li ...

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Alistair Tait
Stephanie Meadow will headline the GB&I team for the 2014 Curtis Cup in St. Louis.
Stephanie Meadow will headline the GB&I team for the 2014 Curtis Cup in St. Louis.

Stephanie Meadow and Bronte Law will spearhead Great Britain & Ireland’s Curtis Cup defense after the pair were named to face the United States at St. Louis Country Club on June 6-8. Both played on the victorious 2012 GB&I team at Nairn, Scotland.

The pair made the eight-woman team under a new selection system in which the top four GB&I players on the World Amateur Golf Ranking qualify automatically. Meadow is sixth on the WAGR table. Law stands 46th.

English players Georgia Hall and Annabel Dimmock also were selected from the WAGR list. Hall, the reigning Women’s British Amateur champion, is ranked 11th in the world; Dimmock is 28th.

Scotland’s Eilidh Briggs and England’s Gabriella Cowley earned places as the top two players on the Ladies Golf Union’s Order of Merit not otherwise exempt.

Charlotte Thomas of England and Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland received the two wild-card picks.

“I am thrilled and excited with this team and genuinely believe it has the perfect mix to retain the Curtis Cup,” GB&I captain Tegwen Matthews said. “Each and every member of this team has fought hard for their place and I know they all have ...

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Cassie Stein
Ashlan Ramsey will not return to Clemson in the fall, instead opting to turn professional.
Ashlan Ramsey will not return to Clemson in the fall, instead opting to turn professional.

Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey is ready for the next step in her golf career.

The freshman from Milledgeville, Ga., will not return to school in the fall, instead opting to turn professional after her appearance in the Curtis Cup at St. Louis Country Club in June.

“I feel like I came into college with a very open mind,” Ramsey said. “I tried to get off to a good start and have a good run at Clemson, but I kind of thought, my game isn’t exactly where it wanted to be. … I wasn’t accomplishing the things I wanted to ...

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Bill Zimmerman
USGA golf
USGA golf

Twenty U.S. sites and four abroad will play host to 36 holes of sectional qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst, N.C.

Like Pinehurst, in fact, four sites will pull double-duty and play host to men's and women's play. Quail Valley GC in Vero Beach, Fla., will host sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Open. Industry Hills GC near Los Angeles, The Heritage at Westmoor in Westminster, Colo. and The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., will host women's sectional and U.S ...

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