ASU golfer's point clinches Curtis Cup for USA
Jennifer Johnson of the Arizona State women's golf team helped lead the United States to a win over Great Britain and Ireland at the Curtis Cup this past weekend. Johnson and her USA teammates defeated GB&I 12.5-7.5 to take home their seventh straight Curtis Cup title and 27th overall.
The 2010 NGCA Freshman of the Year was one of the top performers of the tournament. Johnson, who finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships, went 3-0-1 in her matches and clinched the winning point for the USA after knocking in a two-foot putt in the singles matches. She defeated her opponent, GB&I's Rachel Jennings, 5-and-4 to keep the Curtis Cup trophy in the USA.
"It was the highlight of my amateur career, so far. It was cool," said Johnson to the USGA.
One of only two undefeated players over the weekend, Johnson finished the competition with a 3-0-1 record. Pairing with former USC player Jennifer Song, the duo halved in the Friday foursomes against Stanford's Sally Watson and Rachel Jennings. Later that afternoon, she teamed up with Thompson to defeat Jennings and Leona Maguire 3-and-2. The soon-to-be sophomore paired with UCLA's Tiffany Lua in Saturday's foursome competition, defeating Stanford's Sally Watson and Jennings 3-and-2.
Johnson recently capped a spectacular freshman season with the Sun Devils. She was named Freshman of the Year by both the NGCA and the Pac-10. Additionally, she received First-Team All-American honors by both Golfweek and the NGCA and was named First-Team All-Pac-10. She recorded six top 10 finishes, including a runner-up placing at the NCAA Championships.