Most of the American players here at the U.S. Women's Amateur yearn to win a spot on the USA Curtis Cup team, which plays against a team from Great Britain and Ireland every two years. The 2012 match will be played at Nairn in Scotland next June. The 2012 USA Curtis Cup captain, Pat Cornett, is here this week to scout prospective American players. Cornett played on USA teams a decade apart, in 1978 and 1988. She is an oncologist and lives with her family in Mill Valley, Calif. Cornett had a meeting with members of the USGA International Team Selection Committee on Thursday morning, then went out and watched the round-of-16 matches. The champion this week, if she is American, is all but guaranteed a spot on the team, provided she remains an amateur.
Defending champion Danielle Kang certainly would be a candidate, but she plans to turn pro after this week's competition. But other candidates will be playing on Friday, including 2010 participant Stephanie Kono. -- Rhonda Glenn