AU Golfer Receives Major Honor To Represent U.S.

Auburn, Ala.--Recent Auburn graduate and 2001-2002 All-American <b>Courtney Swaim</b> will represent the United States in the Curtis Cup competition this August.

The United States Golf Association announced the team on Monday. The Curtis Cup competition pits America's top amateur golfers vs. a team representing Great Britain and Ireland once every two years. The matches will be played August 3-4 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh.

Swaim will be the second Auburn golfer to participate in the Curtis Cup, joining Virginia Derby, a Curtis Cup champion in 1998 and 2000. Derby was also the women's golf coach at Auburn.

Swaim, who graduated last month from AU with a degree in business administration, says she has really enjoyed Auburn and being a part of Coach Kim Evans' team. "College golf is a lot of fun and I will definitely miss it," she says.

Courtney Swaim has experience in many high profile amateur events.

This summer she has a busy schedule on the amateur circuit and in the fall Swaim will go to qualifying school to try to earn a spot on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour.

Another Auburn golfer, junior Danielle Downey, who is from Spencerport, N.Y., is an alternate for the American team. Downey earned second team All-America honors this year.

For being a member of the Curtis Cup team, Swaim qualifies for the U.S. Women's Open July 4-7 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Swaim and Downey are both qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur August 12-17 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y.

Danielle Downey

Swaim just finished an impressive season, earning first team All-American honors as Auburn finished second nationally. She averaged 73.85 shots per round as a senior, the fourth best average in school history.

A four-year contributor to Evans' teams, she played in every Auburn match from her freshman to senior seasons. The Sugar Hill, Ga., native won the 2001 Georgia Women's Open, earning a spot in the LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship in May. Swaim was the 2001 Eastern Amateur champion, tied for third at the NCAA East Regional and finished fourth at the Harder Hall Invitational and The Sally.

Alternate Downey averaged 73.51 strokes per round this past season and tied for second at the NCAA Championship in Auburn, Wash., at four-under-par 284.

"Courtney earned her way on the team with the way she played this year," Evans says. The Tiger coach adds, "Danielle had a great year as well. This is a prestigious honor and I am thrilled for both of them."

Danielle Downey was the first Auburn player to win the SEC individual title as a freshman.

Other U.S. team members are six-time national amateur champion Carol Semple Thompson, current U.S. Women's Amateur champion Meredith Duncan of LSU, Michigan State's Emily Bastel, Ohio State's Mollie Fankhauser, Duke's Leigh Anne Hardin, Georgia's Angela Jerman and Arizona's Laura Myerscough. Other alternates include Furman's Jennifer Perri and 2001 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Laura Shanahan of Bedford, N.H.

The Curtis Cup competition features three foursomes (alternate shot of partners) and six singles matches each day with each match worth one point toward the team score. Each team gets a half point for a tied match after 18 holes. The United States leads the series 22-6-3 and is on a two-match winning streak.


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