Former OSU All-American Golfer Mary Budke To Captain U.S. Curtis Cup Team

Feb. 22, 2002

FAR HILLS, N.J. - -

Former Oregon State All-American golfer Mary Budke has been named the captain of the 2002 Curtis Cup team, it was announced by the United States Golf Association Women's Committee.

Budke, who lettered at OSU from 1972-75, will lead a team of eight women amateur golfers against a team from Great Britain and Ireland in 'The Match', which will be played Aug. 3-4 at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.

As a Beaver, Budke won the 1974 AIAW individual championship and placed third at the team finals, along with current OSU women's head coach Rise Lakowske.

Budke would later be inducted into the Oregon State (1992), Oregon Sports, and National Golf Coaches Association (1996) Halls of Fame. Budke is an eight-time Oregon Women's Amateur champion.

The Eugene, Ore., native, who played for the victorious 1974 U.S. Curtis Cup team and compiled a 2-1 record, won the 1972 Women's Amateur at age 18. She then went on to tie for 42nd at the 1974 Women's Open as an amateur.

Budke also won the Hayward Award in 1973, which is given annually to the top amateur athlete in the state of Oregon.

The Curtis Cup competition features three foursomes, alternating shots between partners, and six singles matches each day. The Match is conducted every two years, alternating between the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland.

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