It is not often the golfing generation get as excited about womens golf as we do about the mens. Why? I honestly don’t know. As we look forward to the US Mens and Ladies Opens in June, I am sure they will both give us great stories and take us along a dramatic path of ups and downs over the ensuing 4 days!
Take the Solheim cup of two years ago when honestly I was on the edge of my seat on the last day with stiunning performances from both Europe and the USA, matching each other shot for shot, in one case needing nothing less than a hole in one to brake the deadlock.
This week the 2015 European Solheim Cup Team Captain Carin Koch has announced that Sophie Gustafson and Maria McBride (formerly Hjorth) will join Annika Sörenstam as her Vice Captains when Europe targets victory over the United States and I can feel myself getting excited about it already!
Between them, Gustafson, McBride and Sörenstam have played in 21 Solheim Cups, with no fewer than six wins and 122 tournament titles to their credit. The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one’s country. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET). Come the Majors all the ladies will be trying to secure their spot for this prestigious event.
The Solheim Cup is named in honour of Karsten Solheim, the founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, which makes PING golf equipment. In 1990, the Solheim family, in conjunction with the LPGA and the LET, developed the concept and became the title sponsor for the Solheim Cup, professional golf’s international match-play competition for women.
Held every two years, the event has grown into the most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event. The Solheim Cup is the most highly coveted trophy in women’s professional golf team competition; some of the most memorable moments in the sport have happened during past Solheim Cups, and berths on the European and U.S. teams are highly sought-after by players from both organisations.
The 2015 Solheim Cup will take place Sept. 18-20 at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club near Heidelberg, Germany. The European Team enters the competition holding the Cup and will need 14 points to retain it, with the U.S. Team needing 14½ points to regain the coveted Waterford Crystal prize. The U.S. squad holds an 8-5 lead in the series, which began in 1990, and is coming oﬀ
back-to-back losses (2011, 2013) for the ﬁrst time in history. Juli Inkster is captain of the U.S. Team, with Sweden’s Carin Koch leading the European squad.
We may not get one of those coveted spots on the team but we can support them wearing the team kit on sale at Swingoutsistergolf.com or in our stores and just like wearing a smart suit to an interview, weraing the team look will definitely give you the edge over your opponent. The ‘wilma’ a key piece lands in store with us this week and is only £39.99!
For more information about the Solheim Cup and updated standings for each team visit here