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Sarah LeBrun Ingram will keep the title “captain” for at least another year.
On Monday morning, just two days after Team USA came back in Wales to win the 41st Curtis Cup – the biennial women’s amateur golf competition between teams from the United States and Great Britain & Ireland – the U.S. Golf Association announced that Ingram will return as captain of the Red, White and Blue for the 2022 Curtis Cup, June 10-12 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
“Last week was a highlight of my career, being able to captain a team of such talented and wonderful young ladies, who are certainly the future of the game,” said Ingram via a release. “It is an honor and dream to be asked by the USGA to captain the 2022 team. As we bring the Cup back to the United States, I’m already looking forward to next year’s Match at Merion, a place I treasure and one that will surely test both teams.”
“Sarah’s experience and ability to connect with the players made this an easy decision for us, especially due to the unprecedented nature of the current Curtis Cup schedule,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “The team thrived under her leadership, and we look forward to having her take the reins at Merion.”
After trailing by three points after a GB&I-dominated first day, the Americans slowly picked up points before running away with Saturday’s singles matches to win, 12 ½-7 ½. It was Team USA’s first win on foreign soil since 2008.
Normally held every other year, the 42nd Curtis Cup will be played in just nine months after last week’s 41st playing was postponed due to COVID-19. The R&A recently announced Sunningdale in England will host the 2024 Curtis Cup.
Ingram, a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, has a deep history in the Curtis Cup. The Nashville, Tennessee, resident was a member of the 1992, 1994 and 1996 teams and was a two-time All-American at Duke where she was the top-ranked women’s amateur golfer in the world.
But she doesn’t just captain, she also still plays. In fact, Ingram will tee it up next week at the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Alabama.