Ingram, formerly of Owings Mills, makes Curtis Cup

February 02, 1992|By John W. Stewart

The United States Golf Association has made official what many have been expecting -- former Owings Mills resident Sarah NTC LeBrun Ingram has made the United States Curtis Cup team.

The Curtis Cup is a biennial match pitting women from the United States and Great Britain against each other.

The announcement came after the organization's 98th annual meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday. At the same time, a new executive committee was elected, with Stuart Bloch of Wheeling, W.Va., the incoming president. Reg Murphy, former publisher of The Baltimore Sun, was elected a vice president and is in line to succeed Bloch in 1994.

The honor likely means more to Ingram, 25, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., than the others named to the team. Her mother is English, and she has brothers living in England. Ingram has played in the British Girls and British Ladies Amateur (each twice), and, since she began playing the game, has carried a 3-wood that belonged to her English grandmother.

"It has always been kind of in my mind," Ingram said of her selection. "I've been aware of the matches and have wanted to play in them."

Joining Ingram on the team are Vicki Goetze of Hull, Ga.; Amy Fruhwirth of Phoenix; Carol Semple Thompson of Pittsburgh; Tracy Hanson of Rathdrum, Idaho; Martha Lang of Geneva, Ill.; Leslie Shannon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Robin Weiss of Palm Beach, Fla.

The non-playing captain is Judy Oliver of Sewickley, Pa., a former Curtis Cup player.

Fruhwirth (current), Goetze and Thompson are former U.S. Women's Amateur champions, and Ingram is the reigning U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion. First-time selections are Ingram, Fruhwirth, Hanson, Lang and Weiss.

The matches, three foursomes and six singles each day, will be held June 4-5 at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. The United States leads in the competition, 20-4-2, but Great Britain-Ireland has won two of the past three.

Ingram earned her selection with an impressive 1991 campaign. In addition to beating Lang for the Mid-Amateur title, she defeated Goetze for the Women's Western title in a memorable 41-hole match. She reached the round of 16 in every match-play tournament and was never out of the top 10 in stroke play, including third low amateur in the U.S. Women's Open at Colonial CC in Fort Worth, Texas.

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