Three players with East Valley ties — Amanda Blumenherst, Kimberly Kim and Carly Booth — will be competing this weekend in the biennial Curtis Cup matches between the U.S. and Great Britain-Ireland at St. Andrews, Scotland.
Blumenherst, recently named NCAA Player of the Year for a third straight time, is a junior at Duke University and a former Phoenix Xavier standout from Scottsdale. She recently received the Dinah Shore Trophy for her school-record 11 tournament wins and classroom excellence (3.8 grade-point average).
The 21-year-old Blumenherst has played for the U.S. on its last two Curtis Cup teams, both winning efforts.
The 17-year-old Kim is from Queen Creek via Hilo, Hawaii. In 2006, she captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur, becoming the youngest player to ever do so at age 14. She also became the youngest player to make the cut at the 2006 U.S. Open.
Booth, playing on the “other” team, is from Scotland, but spent last year at Mesa Red Mountain High School, and played at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club near Gold Canyon.
At 15, Booth is the youngest player ever to be selected for the Great Britain-Ireland team.
Both Blumenherst and Kim are known for their match-play skills, and for being able to play in windy, cold conditions, which they will surely run into Friday through Sunday on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
They will be the anchors on a strong U.S. team that also includes such noted players as Meghan Bolger, who captured the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship last year at Desert Forest in Carefree; Mina Harigae, the reigning U.S. Women’s Public Links champ who will join Blumenherst next year at Duke; and Alison Walshe, who recently graduated from the University of Arizona.
The U.S. team leads the series, 22-6-3.
PLAY GOLF AMERICA
The PGA of America’s “Play Golf America Day” is set for Sunday at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.
Festivities for golfers of all ages and skill levels will include free instruction, contests, entertainment, and hands-on equipment demonstrations from leading manufacturers.
For information, visit www.playgolfamerica.com.
INVITATIONAL ON TAP
The Willie Low Invitational will take place Tuesday at Phoenix Country Club, featuring 90 of the state’s top junior golfers.
The tournament honors Low, head professional at PCC for 42 years and a mentor to many of Arizona’s top juniors.
For information, visit www.jgaa.org.