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US Curtis Cup team announced

Jane Bastanchury Booth of Cota de Caza, Calif., a member of three consecutive winning U.S. Curtis Cup teams from 1970-74, has been named captain of the U. S. squad for the 2000 Curtis Cup Match, the Women's Committee of the United States Golf Association has announced.

The upcoming Curtis Cup Match will be played June 24-25 at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England. Booth will lead a team of eight women amateurs against a squad from Great Britain and Ireland in this biennial event, begun in 1932.

Top-ranked women's amateur Elizabeth (Beth) Bauer of Cramerton, N.C., and four-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa., head a group of eight women amateur golfers who will make up the U.S. Curtis Cup team.

Bauer and Thompson were teammates on the winning 1998 U.S. team. Others named with previous Curtis Cup experience are Virginia Derby Grimes of Montgomery, Ala., and Robin Weiss of West Palm Beach, Fla. Grimes also was a member of the 1998 team. Weiss previously played on the U.S. team in 1990 and 1992.

Leland Beckel of Bethesda, Md., Hilary Homeyer of Edina, Minn., Stephanie Keever of Las Vegas, Nev., and Angela Stanford of Saginaw, Texas, were named to their first U.S. Curtis Cup team.

The alternates, in rank order, are Jenna Daniels, 21, of Bonita, Calif.; Alissa Herron, 26, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Krissie Register, 20, of Roswell, Ga.

The Great Britain and Ireland team will be selected shortly by the Ladies Golf Union.

Booth, 51, holds the distinction of having an undefeated record in representing the United States in international events. In her three Curtis Cup appearances, she was 3-0-1 in foursomes (alternated shot of partners) and 4-0 in singles. The U.S. squad won the Curtis Cup in all three years in which she played -- 1970, 1972 and 1974. In fact, she is one of just eight U.S. players to earn 4-0 records in a Match (1974).

She also played on the winning U.S. team at the Women's World Amateur Team Championships in 1968 and 1970.

A career amateur, Booth finished third at the 1970 U.S. Women's Open, and was low amateur again the following year. She was near the top again in 1972 and 1974 when she was sixth and tied for ninth, respectively.

Among her many victories in her amateur career are: the Women's Western Amateur in 1969 and 1970, the 1972 North & South Women's Amateur, the Women's Trans-National Amateur in 1967, 1969, and 1971; and the Broadmoor Ladies Invitation in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Her daughter, Kellee, now a professional golfer, was the 1993 U.S. Girls' Junior champion and was a member of the 1996 and 1998 U.S. Curtis Cup squads. Booth is a member of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship Committee.

Bauer, a 19-year-old sophomore at Duke University, has already won the Women's Harder Hall Invitational by 16 strokes and the Women's South Atlantic Golf Championship (Sally) by 10 shots this year. She also won the Harder Hall and the North and South Women's Amateur in 1999. She qualified for the 1998 U.S. Women's Open, and won the 1997 U.S. Girls' Junior.

It is a record eleventh selection for the 50-year-old Thompson, who played her first Curtis Cup Match in 1974. Thompson won the USGA Senior Women's Amateur in 1999, adding to her national titles as the 1973 Women's Amateur champion and the 1990 and 1997 Women's Mid-Amateur winner. She qualified for both the 1998 and 1999 Women's Opens. Overall, she has played in 29 Women's Opens, with two top-10 finishes. Most recently, she finished runner-up to Bauer at the 2000 Women's Harder Hall Invitational. In 10 previous Curtis Cup competitions, she has a combined record of 8-8-1 in singles, and 7-6-3 in foursomes.

Beckel, 33, earned her place on the team with consistent finishes, including a runner-up finish at the 1999 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. She was a semifinalist in 1999 at the Southern Women's Amateur and the 1999 Women's Trans-National. She also was a quarterfinalist at the 1999 Women's Western Amateur and reached the third round of match play at the 1998 U.S. Women's Amateur.

Grimes, 36, was the 1998 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion. She tied for second at the 1999 Harder Hall and reached the quarterfinals of the 1999 Southern Women's Amateur. A former golf coach at Auburn University, she underwent back surgery in early January, but is expected to be fully recovered by the time of the competition.

Homeyer, a 20-year-old junior at Stanford University, had her best finish of the last two years at the 1999 Women's Western Amateur, where she was runner-up. She was a quarterfinalist at the 1998 Women's Western Amateur. She finished second at the 1999 PAC-10 Championship, and tied for 15th at the 1999 NCAA Division I Championship.

Keever, a 21-year-old junior and teammate of Homeyer's at Stanford, advanced to the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Women's Amateur in each of the past two years. She was the medalist and a finalist at the 1998 Women's Trans-National. She finished tied for 9th and 15th at the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Division I Championship, respectively.

Stanford, a 21-year-old senior at Texas Christian University (TCU), was a quarterfinalist at the 1998 U.S. Women's Amateur. At the 1999 Women's Amateur, she posted the second best qualifying score, but was upset the second round of match play. In the college ranks, she won four tournaments in 1999 and earned first-team All-America honors.

Weiss, a 45-year-old career amateur, was a finalist at the 1998 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. In 1999, she won the Southern Women's Amateur, was a semifinalist at the Jones-Doherty Invitational, and was the medalist and reached the quarterfinals at the Women's Trans-National.

The Curtis Cup competition features three foursomes (alternate shot of partners) and six singles matches each day, with each match worth one point toward the team score. Each team gets a half point for a tied match after 18 holes.

The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The first Match was held in 1932. The Cup is named in honor of Harriott and Margaret Curtis, sisters who won the U.S. Women's Amateur four times between them.

The United States leads the series, 21-6-3, but Great Britain and Ireland has won the last three Matches contested in Europe (1988,1992 and 1996)


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