Gemma Dryburgh will represent Tulane in the prestigious Curtis Cup as part of the GB&I team in June.
May 6, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane standout golfer Gemma Dryburgh added one of the highest accolades to her golf resume today as she was one of eight players selected to the 2014 Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Curtis Cup Team. The event will take place June 6-8 at the St. Louis Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.
A junior from Aberdeen, Scotland, Dryburgh will join fellow collegians Bronte Law (UCLA), Stephanie Meadow (Alabama) and Charlotte Thomas (Washington), along will top European golfers Eilidh Briggs, Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock and Georgia Hall on the GB&I squad.
The group will look to defend their title against the United States in early June in the 38th Curtis Cup Match. Meadows and Law were members of the victorious 2012 GB&I team at Nairn, Scotland.
"This is really a great achievement and I would like to thank the selection committee for choosing me. This is an awesome honor," Dryburgh said. "I have played in events where I have represented Scotland, but never Great Britain and Ireland as well, so it's pretty amazing to be one of the eight selected to such a great team."
"This is a very prestigious golf tournament between the United States, Great Britain and Ireland and this is a huge honor for Gemma to be selected to represent the GB&I," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "She was one of the two selections made by a committee and they obviously were impressed by her results both in college and international competition. This past year has been very good for her and this is a wonderful opportunity. I could not be happier for her."
Dryburgh is three-time performer on the All-Conference USA teams and was selected to the All C-USA first team this season. She helped guide Tulane to the 2014 C-USA title and will lead the 31st-ranked (Golfweek) Green Wave into action at the NCAA East Regional this Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
This season, she has played 24 rounds in nine tournaments and ranks second on the team with a 73.33 scoring average. Her rounds have counted toward the team total on 21 occasions and she owns eight rounds of par or better, including a season-low 4-under 68 during the opening round of the C-USA Championships.
Dryburgh has three Top-10 finishes this season, including a runner-up effort at the conference championships, and was named to the C-USA All-Tournament team. She posted a 17th place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Dryburgh is the third Green Wave golfer to be selected to the Curtis Cup teams, but the first to play for GB&I squad. She joins former Tulane standouts Meghan (Bolger) Stasi (1997-2000) and Alison Walshe (2004-05), who were members of the 2008 United States championship team in Pike, Scotland.
The Curtis Cup Match is the best known team trophy for women amateur golfers. The first Match was played in 1932 at the Wentworth Club in England, and was won by the American team. The event is played every two years in even numbered years and alternates between both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
The players are selected by their respective golf associations, with the USGA selecting the United States team and the Ladies Golf Union naming the players representing GB&I.
"I am thrilled and excited with this team and genuinely believe it has the perfect mix to retain the Curtis Cup," GB&I captain Tegwen Matthews said. "Each and every member of this team has fought hard for their place and I know they all have the desire, talent and passion to bring the cup back home."
2014 GB&I Curtis Cup Team
Eilidh Briggs, 21, Scotland, world ranking: 126
Gabriella Cowley, 18, England, world ranking: 84
Annabel Dimmock, 17, England world ranking: 28
Gemma Dryburgh, 20 Scotland, world ranking: 52 (Tulane University)
Georgia Hall, 18, England, world ranking: 7
Bronte Law, 19, England, world ranking: 46 (University of California, Los Angeles)
Stephanie Meadow, 22, Northern Ireland, world ranking: 6 (University of Alabama)
Charlotte Thomas, 21, Singapore, world ranking: 60 (University of Washington)
2014 United States Curtis Cup Team
Kyung Kim, 19, of Chandler, Ariz. (University of Southern California)
Alison Lee, 19, of Valencia, Calif. (University of California, Los Angeles)
Erynne Lee, 21, of Silverdale, Wash. (University of California, Los Angeles)
Ally McDonald, 21, of Fulton, Miss. (Mississippi State University)
Annie Park, 18, of Levittown, N.Y. (University of Southern California)
Ashlan Ramsey, 18, of Milledgeville, Ga. (Clemson University)
Mariah Stackhouse, 19, of Riverdale, Ga. (Stanford University)
Emma Talley, 19, of Princeton, Ky. (University of Alabama)