Kono, Kim on Curtis Cup team
Hawai'i golfers make up a quarter of the USA's 2010 Curtis Cup team, with Stephanie Kono and Kimberly Kim named to the squad yesterday by the U.S. Golf Association.
Kim, from Hilo, is making her second Curtis Cup appearance. The event will be played June 11 to 13 at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. The competition is contested biennially and features eight female amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland, and eight players who represent the USA.
Kim is a freshman at University of Denver. At 14, she became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2006. Kono, a 2008 Punahou graduate, earned All-America honors last year as a freshman at UCLA.
Their teammates will be Jennifer Song, who won the U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links last year; 2008 U.S. Girls Junior champion Alexis Thompson, who is 15; and Cydney Clanton, Jennifer Johnson, Jessica Korda and Tiffany Lua. Alternates are Candace Schepperle and Sydnee Michaels.
The event consists of three foursomes (alternate-shot) and three four-ball (better-ball) matches the first two days. On the final day, all eight players from each side play in singles matches. The U.S. team will be captained by Noreen Mohler, of Bethlehem, Pa., who was a member of the USA's victorious 1978 Curtis Cup Team.
The USA team has won the last six Curtis Cups and leads the series, which began in 1932, 26-6-3.