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Carol Semple named Curtis Cup Captain

Seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson, 56, of Sewickley, Pa., has been selected as the captain of the 2006 U.S. Curtis Cup team, U.S. Golf Association officials have announced. The 2006 Curtis Cup will take place July 29-30 at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.

Thompson has competed on a record 12 U.S. Curtis Cup teams, including the 2002 squad, when she holed a 27-foot putt from just off the 18th green at Fox Chapel Golf Club to retain the Curtis Cup for the American side. Thompson owns an overall Curtis Cup match-play record of 18-15-4, including 9-8-1 in singles competition.

The Curtis Cup is a biennial competition between female amateur teams from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The United States owns a 24-6-3 record.

"I think it will be very different," said Thompson when asked to compare playing in the Curtis Cup versus captaining the team. "Before, I was just able to relax and think about my own game and now I will have to think about a lot more people.

"But I think it's a natural progression, and I think it will be great fun. I am very excited," she added. "I figured someday it would come. I guess I didn't figure it would come this soon."

Thompson owns a total of seven USGA crowns, her first coming in 1973, when she won the U.S. Women's Amateur by defeating Anne Quast Sander in the final at Montclair (N.J.) Golf Club. She also won the 1990 and 1997 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur titles, and won the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur four straight times from 1999-2002.


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