Ashlan Ramsey saw a missed call on her phone when she got of a workout session and hoped it wasn’t another telemarketer.
No, this was the USGA calling, asking if she’d like a spot on the U.S. Curtis Cup team.
“I just started bawling my eyes out,” said Ramsey, an 18-year-old Clemson freshman. “It was kind of embarrassing because I couldn’t contain it, but at the same time it’s something I’ve worked so hard for.”
Mariah Stackhouse saw that she had missed a call Wednesday afternoon while at practice. The Stanford sophomore listened to a voicemail from USGA president Thomas O’Toole and thought, “Oh, my goodness. What other reason would the USGA be calling?”
In all, eight college players received such satisfying and exhilarating calls from USGA officials. Erynne Lee and Ally McDonald, both 21, will be joined by six teenagers June 6-8 at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club for the biennial matches against Great Britain & Ireland’s top female amateurs. Lee, a UCLA junior, will be joined by Bruins teammate and freshman Alison Lee, while USC sophomore teammates Kyung Kim and Annie Park will represent the Trojans. Emma Talley, the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, rounds out the team.
Park, Golfweek’s top-ranked college player, won the NCAA individual title last year, and Ramsey is No. 1 in Golfweek‘s women’s amateur rankings. Kim won the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.
Doris Chen is first alternate, followed by Lauren Diaz-Yi.
Stackhouse, who is sixth in Golfweek’s college rankings, is the first black player to be named to a Curtis Cup team.
“Especially within the black community, it’s cool because I have a lot of support and encouragement,” Stackhouse said, “because you want to see people like you in every arena of life, sports included, playing well.”
The 19-year-old from Riverdale, Ga., recently turned down an invitation to play in the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship next month because it conflicts with a college tournament, but she will be teeing it up at the LPGA’s Kia Classic a week earlier. Stackhouse has won four college tournaments.
As a freshman last year, Stackhouse created buzz with an NCAA-record 10-under 61 at the Peg Bernard Invitational, shooting 26 on the front nine at Stanford Golf Course.
Ellen Port, a six-time USGA champion, will captain the U.S. team for the 38th match. Great Britain & Ireland won the 2012 Curtis Cup at Nairn (Scotland) Golf Club, beating the Americans for the first time since 1996.
Naturally, the players took to Twitter before too much time passed.
Ally McDonald, @allymc10: “God is so good! I can’t wait to be a part of an amazing group of girls representing an amazing country! #CurtisCup #USA @USGA”
Erynne Lee, @erynnelee93: “Thanks to @USGA for giving me this blessed opportunity to represent the #USA with an awesome group of girls at the 2014 #CurtisCup”
Ashlan Ramsey, @ashlan_ramsey: “Such an honor to be chosen to represent the United States in the 2014 Curtis Cup! Proud to have this opportunity! #CurtisCup @USGA
Marissa Mar (Stackhouse’s Stanford teammate), @marissalmar: “HUGE CONGRATS to the superstar @MoStacksBirdies on being named to the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup Team!”
Mariah Stackhouse, @MoStacksBirdies: “@marissalmar Thanks Mar!!!!!”
- Read an archive of Ramsey’s player-diary blog here.
- Read an archive of Talley’s player-diary blog here.
– Julie Williams and Bill Zimmerman contributed.