Korda, Song, Smith, Uihlein Named To USA Copa de las Americas Teams

Far Hills, N.J. (Nov. 20) – Four amateur players have been selected for the men’s and women’s USA Teams that will compete in the 2010 Copa de las Americas, Jan. 6-9, 2010, at Buenos Aires Golf Club and Olivos Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The players were named by the International Team Selection Committee of the United States Golf Association.

The Copa de las Americas is a biennial amateur team competition for countries in North America, Central America, South America  

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Two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith will be representing the USA at the 2010 Copa de las Americas event in Argentina. (John Mummert/USGA)
and the Caribbean. There are three 72-hole competitions – men’s, women’s and overall – with 18 holes played on each of the four days.

The players named to the women’s team are:

Jessica Korda, 16, of Bradenton, Fla., who was a quarterfinalist at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and also made the 36-hole cut in each of the last two U.S. Women’s Opens, finishing tied for 19th in 2008.

Jennifer Song, 19, of La Cañada, Calif., a sophomore at the University of Southern California who won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, became just the second female in history to win two USGA championships in the same year. She was also the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open.

Kimberly Kim, 18, of Hilo, Hawaii, was named as an alternate for the women’s team. 

The players named to the men’s team are:

Nathan Smith, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pa., who won the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and was 2-1-0 in the 2009 Walker Cup Match. He was also a member of the victoriousPennsylvania squad at the 2009 USGA Men’s State Team Championship.

Peter Uihlein, 20, of Orlando, Fla., is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University who was a quarterfinalist at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship. He was also a member of the 2009 USA Walker Cup Team, posting a record of 4-0-0 in his matches.

Mike McCoy, who turns 47 on Nov. 21, of West Des Moines, Iowa, was named as an alternate for the men’s team. 

The captain of the USA Teams is Steve Smyers of Lakeland, Fla., a member of the USGA Executive Committee and chairman of the USGA International Team Selection Committee. 

The venues for the 2010 Copa de las Americas – Buenos Aires Golf Club and Olivos Golf Club – are the same two golf courses that will be used during the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships, scheduled to be played in October.

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