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October 19, 2011

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene.

Golfer named to elite squad: Former Burroughs High golf standout Emily Tubert has been included on the Spirit International team by captain David Fay, who named the players who will represent the United States in the 2011 tournament, which will be held Nov. 2-5 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Texas.

Fay, who served as United States Golf Assn. executive director for more than 20 years, has a fine track record for choosing talented players. All four of the golfers named to the 2011 Spirit International USA team have won national titles.

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Fay and USA assistant captain, Alli Jarrett, chose Tubert, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, Austin Ernst, a sophomore at LSU, Kelly Kraft, a senior at SMU, and Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh to represent the United States at the 2011 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship.

"The 2010-2011 season has been an amazing time for amateur golf," Fay said in a prepared statement. "With several amateurs winning professional events, the biggest challenge in the selection process was the number of worthy candidates.

"Alli and I are confident this group of competitors will proudly and deftly defend the gold medal at The 2011 Spirit International."

The 2009 USA team, captioned by former Spirit player and current LPGA sensation Paula Creamer, won the Spirit's top prize. U.S. team members two years ago were Alexis Thompson, Jennifer Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Ben Martin.

Tubert, 19, was the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion in 2010. She is a 2011 All-American and All-Southeastern Conference golfer. This spring, she was named SEC freshman of the year. She earned a spot on the 2011 National Collegiate Golf Assn. All-Scholar team.

A three-time American Junior Golf Assn. Rolex junior All-American, Tubert also won a CIF Southern Section championship while at Burroughs.

Past Spirit alumni also include Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Francesco and Edoardo Molinari and Brandt Snedeker.

The 2011 Spirit International features 80 participants from 20 countries representing six continents. Country teams are comprised of national amateur champions and top-ranked players.

The format of play for the competition is four-ball stroke play. The men's and women's four-ball score is combined for the International Team competition. There is also a separate men's and women's team competition.

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