DURHAM, N.C. - The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced on Monday the two amateur players who have been named to the USA Teams that will compete in the 2013 Copa de las Americas, Jan. 3-6, 2013, at Doral Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla. Included among the golfers selected is Duke University senior and reigning National Player of the Year Lindy Duncan.
Along with Duncan, Erynne Lee, 19, of Silverdale, Wash., was selected and will be coached by Jim Williams.
The Copa de las Americas is an amateur team competition for countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. There are three 72-hole competitions - men's, women's and overall - with 18 holes played on each of the four days.
This will be the fifth playing of the Copa de las Americas and the first time the championship will be conducted in the United States. The USA won the 2010 overall championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jessica Korda and Jennifer Song of the USA won the women's portion of the championship, while the USA's Nathan Smith and Peter Uihlein finished second to the team from Argentina.
Duncan, a product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., represented the USA at the 2012 Curtis Cup Match. She was a semifinalist in the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur at age 15 and finished as the second-lowest amateur at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open. Duncan is a three-time National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American, was the consensus National Player of the Year in 2011-12 and the Atlantic Coast Conference 2012 Player of the Year.
Lee is a sophomore at UCLA. During her freshman season, she won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and earned NGCA Freshman of the Year and All-America First Team honors. She reached the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur and the quarterfinals in 2010-12, and has competed in two U.S. Women's Opens.
The alternates for the women's team are, in order of ranking, Amy Anderson, 20, of Oxbow, N.D., and Alison Lee, 17, of Valencia, Calif.
USA Team Member Bios
Lindy Duncan, 21, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lindy Duncan made the cut at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open, and also competed in the 2009 Women's Open. She was a semifinalist at the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur at age 15 and has competed in that championship each year since. She also appeared in four U.S. Girls' Junior Championships. Duncan went 1-3-0 at the 2012 Curtis Cup Match, winning her opening foursomes match with Lisa McCloskey, 5 and 4, over Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow.
Duncan is a senior at Duke University, where she is majoring in psychology. Her standout 2011-12 season, in which she took four victories, including the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, earned her Division I Player of the Year honors from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA). Duncan also won the Golfstat Cup, which is presented to the player with the season's lowest stroke average. Duncan has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year each of her three years at Duke, and was named to the NGCA's All-America first team in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Duncan has won six collegiate tournaments for the Blue Devils, and captured the 2010 Dixie Amateur Championship.
Duncan is the daughter of David Duncan and Debbie Beckett. She has one younger sister, McKenzie. She was born Jan. 16, 1991, in Plantation, Fla.
Erynne Lee, 19, Silverdale, Wash.
Erynne Lee is a sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles. During her standout freshman season, she won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. She went on to earn Pac-12 Conference and Division I Freshman of the Year honors and was named to the NGCA All-America first team.
During her junior career, Lee garnered four wins on the American Junior Golf Association circuit: the 2010 Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions, the 2008 and 2009 Kathy Whitworth Invitationals and the 2008 AJGA at Wenatchee. She was a member of the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup Team, as well as the 2007 Evian Junior Cup Team USA.
Lee advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur, where she lost to eventual champion Amanda Blumenherst, and was a tri-medalist at the 2010 championship, where she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Jessica Korda. Lee also reached the quarterfinals at the 2011 and 2012 Women's Amateurs. She has competed in two U.S. Women's Opens, in 2008 and 2011, along with the 2008-10 U.S. Girls' Junior Championships. Lee was a member of the USA Team for the 2012 Women's World Amateur Team Championship, which finished in eighth place, seven strokes behind the champion Republic of Korea.
Lee is the daughter of Brian Lee and the late Debbie Kim. She has one younger sister, Katie, who also competed in the 2010 Women's Amateur. She was born Feb. 19, 1993, in Silverdale, Wash.