Chuasiriporn back on stage at Curtis Cup

August 01, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Timonium's Jenny Chuasiriporn, who charmed spectators and a nationwide television audience as playoff runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open, moves to the international level today and tomorrow.

She's on the U.S. team in the biennial Curtis Cup matches against a Great Britain-Ireland team at Minneapolis' Minikahda Club.

Chuasiriporn, 21, will go off with Beth Bauer, at 18 the youngest team member and U.S. Junior Girls champion, in the first of three foursomes matches at 8: 30 a.m. The future Duke teammates -- Chuasiriporn will be a senior and Bauer a freshman this fall -- will oppose Kim Rostron, 24, reigning Ladies British Amateur champion, and Elaine Ratcliffe, 25.

Completing the morning lineup will be Kellee Booth-Brenda Corrie Kuehn vs. Karen Stupples-Fiona Brown, and Robin Burke-Virginia Derby Grimes vs. Alison Rose-Becky Morgan.

Rounding out the eight-player squads will be Americans Jo Jo Robertson and Carol Semple-Thompson and for GB-I, Rebecca Hudson and Hilary Monaghan.

The format calls for three foursomes each morning and six singles each afternoon. Both sides have three with previous cup experience and five newcomers.

Thompson, 49, is the veteran of the U.S. group, with a record-breaking 10th appearance dating to 1974, to go with her previous standard of 15 victories (7-6-3 in foursomes and 8-6-1 in singles).

Television coverage today will be on ESPN, 3: 30-5: 30 p.m., and tomorrow on ESPN2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and ESPN, 4-6 p.m. The United States leads the series, begun in 1932, 20-6-3, but has only a win and a tie in the past six outings.

Chuasiriporn, a three-time All-American and two-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion, and Bauer are first-time Curtis Cup players but have competed internationally before.

Chuasiriporn was the low individual on a U.S. team that beat Japan in a collegiate series last year. Bauer represented the U.S. against a European Junior team.

Pub Date: 8/01/98

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