Krystle Caithness Named To GB And I Curtis Cup Team

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia freshman Krystle Caithness was named to the Great Britain and Ireland squad for the 2008 Curtis Cup by the Ladies Golf Union on Thursday.
The Cup is a biennial competition features the best female players from the United States pitted against the same squad from Great Britain and Ireland. Caithness will represent GB & I on May 30-June 1 at The Old Course in her hometown of in St. Andrews, Scotland.

"I'm really excited, but even more because it's on my home course," Caithness said. "It's always a great experience to complete for Great Britain and Ireland. I don't think anything could be better than this because it's at St. Andrews in my hometown. I was very hopeful of being chosen but didn't want to anticipate anything."

Caithness already has an impressive international resume representing Scotland and/or Great Britain and Ireland. She was a reserve on the last Curtis Cup team in 2006. Caithness also has participated in the World Amateur Championships in 2006 and the European Girls Team Championship, the Five Nations Commonwealth Tournament and the Vagliano Trophy in 2007. In addition, she reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 Ladies' British Open Amateur.

Caithness is the sixth Georgia golfer chosen for the competition but the first on the GB & I squad. Previously, Terri Moody (1980), Cindy Schreyer (1986), Vicki Goetze (1990 & 1992), Angela Jerman (2002) and Taylor Leon (2006) all represented the U.S.

"I told Krystle this morning that I'd never rooted for Great Britain and Ireland but I will at least do so for her match," head coach Kelley Hester joked. "For Krystle to make the team as a freshman in very impressive. The only parallel we have to the Curtis Cup in our sport really is the Olympics. I'm excited her her and this tremendous opportunity."

Officially named "The Women's International Cup," the first Curtis Cup was held until 1932. While it was hoped that many nations would eventually join the Match, the Curtis Cup has remained a two-sided competition.
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