World’s No. 1 amateur Rose Zhang highlights early members of 2021 United States Curtis Cup team

The United States team for the 2021 Curtis Cup is starting to take shape.

On Monday the U.S. Golf Association announced Rose Zhang, Rachel Heck and Allisen Corpuz as the first three members to represent Team USA in the match against Great Britain and Ireland at Conwy Golf Club in North Wales, Aug. 26-28.

“The level of talent in the women’s amateur game has never been stronger,” said U.S. captain Sarah Ingram, a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and three-time Curtis Cup team member. “Rose, Rachel and Allisen have all had unbelievably impressive years, with notable accomplishments at the junior, amateur and collegiate levels, and we’re honored and fortunate to have them a part of the USA Team.”

Zhang, the world’s No. 1 amateur, recently won the U.S. Girls’ Junior and will defend her U.S. Women’s Amateur title next month. Heck won the NCAA individual title as a freshman at Stanford and claimed the 2021 ANNIKA Award as the nation’s top collegiate female golfer. Corpuz recently graduated from USC and has competed in 16 USGA championships.

The USGA’s selection group will choose the five remaining players. American winners of either the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur or the 2021 McCormack Medal will earn automatic spots on the team. The U.S. won the last Curtis Cup in 2018 on home soil. The biennial competition was postponed last year due to the global pandemic.