June 2, 2006
UCLA freshman Jane Park has been selected to represent the United States in the 34th Curtis Cup Match, the United States Golf Assn. announced Friday. The Curtis Cup is scheduled for July 29-30 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
The 2006 Curtis Cup Match will mark the second time Park has represented the United States in this event. She played on the victorious 2004 team.
Park, 19, is a veteran of many USGA events. In 2004, she won the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship after finishing second the previous year. She was the runner-up at the 2004 U.S. Girls' Junior and has played in the last three U.S. Women's Opens, tying for 30th in the 2003 championship. In 2004 and '05, she made the cuts at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Park also helped the USA capture second place at the 2004 Women's World Amateur Team Championships.
In her first season of collegiate competition, Park earned First-Team All-America honors from the NGCA and First-Team All-Pac-10 acclaim. She finished the season ranked sixth nationally and led the Bruins in scoring at 73.1.
The U.S. Curtis Cup team is comprised of eight amateur female golfers who will compete against a similar team from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson, 57, of Sewickley, Pa, will serve as captain.
Played biennially, the Curtis Cup Match consists of 12 singles and six foursomes (alternate shot) matches. The USA has won the last four Matches, in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004, and leads the overall series 24-6-3.