DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s golf alumna and three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Sarah LeBrun Ingram has been named captain of the 2020 USA Curtis Cup Team as announced Tuesday by the United States Golf Association (USGA).
A biennial competition between top female amateur golfers from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I), the 41st Curtis Cup match will be contested June 12-14, 2020 at Conwy Golf Club in Caenarvonshire, Wales.
Ingram, a member of the 1992, 1994 and 1996 USA Curtis Cup teams, totaled a 2-1 record in singles matches.
"It's an honor and a privilege to be asked to captain the Curtis Cup Team and represent the United States," said Ingram, whose grandfather is from Southern Wales, just over 100 miles from Conwy Golf Club. "To be able to captain a team that will compete in the U.K., where my mother was born and raised, makes this extra special for me. The USGA has been a tremendous part of my life and being a USGA champion is one of the proudest moments of my career. To be able to share my experiences, both in golf and life, with young ladies who are as passionate about the game as I am is a special opportunity and a responsibility I am very much looking forward to."
Ingram won the 1991 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur with a 6-and-5 victory over current USGA Executive Committee Member Martha Lang at Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ingram won back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994, defeating Mary Burkhardt, 2 and 1, at Rochester (Minn.) Golf & Country Club and Marla Jemsek, 2 and 1, at Tacoma (Wash.) Country & Golf Club. In addition, Ingram was low amateur in the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., and played in two World Amateur Team Championships, including for the victorious USA Team in 1994 at The National Golf Club in Versailles, France.
“Sarah is an incredibly accomplished and well-respected player,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA. “Her individual USGA record and long history with our Association speaks for itself, and we are excited and proud to welcome her as captain of the 2020 USA Curtis Cup Team.”
A 1988 Duke graduate, Ingram was a two-time All-America and four-year letterwinner for the Blue Devils from 1985-88 under Blue Devil head coach Dan Brooks. Ingram, who was at one time ranked the No. 1 amateur in the world, is a member of the Duke University Sports Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. She won the 1986 and 1987 Maryland State Women’s Amateurs, the 1990 Canadian Women’s Amateur, the 1991 Women’s Western Amateur and Tennessee State Championship, the 1992 Broadmoor Women’s Invitational and the 1993 Women’s Southern Amateur.
“I was thrilled to read the announcement,” said Brooks. “Sarah is a great choice for Curtis Cup captain. She’s had a lot of experience in team competition, including match play. She knows first-hand the feelings and pressures of representing your country. And, she’s fun to be around. The USA team will be in good hands with Sarah leading the way.”
Ingram recently served as co-chair of the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
Duke has featured 19 different selections to the USA Curtis Cup squad over the last 25 years.
The USA is coming off winning the 2018 Curtis Cup held at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. The USA leads the overall series 29-8-3.