USGA selects Women's World Amateur Team roster

Kristen Gillman during the third round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

The three Americans who will take part in next month's Women’s World Amateur Team Championship are Kristen Gillman, Alison Lee and Emma Talley, the USGA announced Tuesday.

The U.S. team, captained by Martha Lang, will be headed to Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Japan for the Sept. 3-6 biennial matches. South Korea is the two-time defending champion after winning in 2012 in Turkey. The U.S. has not won since 1998.

Lee, 19, of Valencia, Calif., is a sophomore at UCLA. Talley, 20, of Princeton, Ky., is a junior at Alabama. Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, recently won the Junior PGA and U.S. Women's Amateur in consecutive weeks. She has committed to Alabama.

“I am so proud of Kristen, Alison and Emma for their accomplishments both on and off the golf course,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the International Team Selection Committee. “They represent the very best in the game, and we are honored to have them join the likes of Paula Creamer, Beth Daniel, Juli Inkster, Jessica Korda and Nancy Lopez as USA Women’s World Amateur Team players.”

Lang said she is looking forward to the tournament staged by the International Golf Federation, which also is set to conduct the 2016 Olympic Games' golf competition.

“Playing for your country is one of the ultimate goals of any athlete,” she said. “These three talented young women will undoubtedly represent the United States with class and determination."

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