Hometown star chosen as US captain

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GREAT Britain & Ireland’s women amateurs will face a hometown favourite when they defend the Curtis Cup in St Louis next year, after the United States Golf Association appointed of Ellen Port, a five-times USGA champion, as captain of the American team for the event’s 38th staging at St Louis Country Club from 6-8 June.

Port, twice a Curtis Cup player, said: “It’s an honour and privilege to serve the USGA, my future players and the game that I’ve grown to love as the captain of the 2014 USA Curtis Cup team. It’s a bonus to have the venue in my hometown, at a club so rich in golf history and tradition.”

Dot Paluck, chairman of the USGA’s women’s committee, described Port as “one of the great USGA amateur champions of the modern era”. She added: “Ellen has well represented the United States in past Curtis Cup matches and we are proud to have her as captain.”