Zhang, Corpuz Invited to Curtis Cup Practice

Rose Zhang of Irvine and Allisen Corpuz of Honolulu and USC are among 12 players who have been invited by the United States Golf Association’s International Team Selection Committee to attend practice sessions ahead of the 41st Curtis Cup matches.

The practices will take place on Jan. 29-30 at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla., and none of the 12 are guaranteed spots 12-player on the United States team.

Other players invited are Lauren Hartlage of Elizabethtown, Ky., and University of Louisville; Auston Kim of St. Augustine, Fla., and Vanderbilt; Gina Kim of Durham, N.C., and Duke; Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, N.C., and Wake Forest; Brooke Matthews of Rogers, Ark., and the University of Arkansas; Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, N.C., and Wake Forest; Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas, and the University of Texas; Megan Schofill of Monticello, Fla., and Auburn; Aneka Seumanutafa of Emmitsburg, Md., and Ohio State, and Kennedy Swann of Austin, Texas, and the University of Mississippi.

The 17-year-old Zhang (pictured), a senior at Pacific Academy in Irvine who has committed to Stanford, captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the Rolex Girls Junior Championship in 2020, and earned the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the No. 1 player in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Corpuz, 22, a two-time All-American at USC, lost in to Kuehn in a playoff in the final of the 118th Women’s North & South Amateur, also finished second in the Rebel Beach Intercollegiate in 2020, and won the 2018 SDSU March Mayhem.

Sarah Ingram, a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (1991, 1993, 1994) and a member of three USA Curtis Cup Teams (1992, 1994 and 1996), will serve as captain of the U.S. Team.

“It was incredibly disappointing to postpone this year’s match, so to get back together as a group and restart the team selection process is exciting,” said Ingram, who was a two-time All-American at Duke.

“The level of talent in women’s amateur golf in this country right now is really impressive, and these players are all very accomplished, both inside and outside the game. I look forward to having the chance to get to know these young women better.”
The 41st Curtis Cup Matches originally was scheduled for June 12-14, 2020, at Conwy Golf Club in Caernarvonshire, Wales, before being postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. It has been rescheduled for Aug. 26-28 at Conwy.

The United States defeated Great Britain and Ireland by a record-setting 17-3 margin in the 40th Curtis Cup Match at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., in 2018, and leads the series, 29-8-3.

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