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NDSU's Amy Anderson Selected to Play on 2012 USA Curtis Cup Team

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: December 22, 2011

FAR HILLS, N.J. - North Dakota State's Amy Anderson this week was one of five players selected to represent the United States in the 2012 Curtis Cup Match, regarded as the most prestigious event in women's amateur golf.

Anderson, a 19-year-old junior from Oxbow, N.D., joins Duke junior Lindy Duncan, LSU sophomore and defending NCAA champion Austin Ernst, UCLA junior Tiffany Lua, and Alabama senior Brooke Pancake.

The Curtis Cup will be June 8-10 at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.  Three additional players will be named to complete the eight-member team in January.  Dr. Patricia Cornett is the team captain.

"I had the great pleasure of watching these players over the past year and am confident they will represent the USA in exemplary fashion," Cornett said.  "I congratulate each on this wonderful and well-deserved honor."

Anderson won the 2009 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship and was among the first-round leaders at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open, where she finished as the fourth-lowest amateur.

Duncan was a semifinalist in the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur at the age of 15.  She also finished as second-lowest amateur at the 2011 Women's Open, and is a two-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American and two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Ernst was the first freshman to win in 13 years to win the NCAA championship last spring.  She also advanced to the semifinals at the 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

Lua compiled a 1-2-0 record in the 2010 Curtis Cup Match. She also helped UCLA capture the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship, and was a semifinalist at the 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Pancake advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur and is a three-time NGCA All-American Scholar.

All five players finished in the top 20 at the 2011 NCAA Division I championship.  Duncan, Ernst and Pancake were named to the 2011 NGCA All-America first team, while Anderson and Lua received second-team honors.

The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial international women's amateur golf competition between eight-player teams from the United States, Great Britain and Ireland.  Play consists of six foursomes (alternate-shot) matches, six four-ball matches and eight singles matches over three days of competition.

The U.S. team has won seven straight in dating back to a 1998 victory in Minneapolis and leads the overall series 27-6-3 since 1932.

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