The popularity of women’s golf has exploded in recent years. Names such as Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Canadian Brooke Henderson and of course our own Nancy Lopez are easily part of our golf vocabulary. LPGA tournaments take us all over the globe including France, England, China, Japan and three majors in the US. Last year, five different players from five countries won the five LPGA majors, an outstanding example of the global talent in the women’s game.
Harbor Hills friend and neighbor Debbie Bizal is a member of the prestigious Women’s Committee of the USGA. The group advises the Executive Committee in matters related to women’s golf. ‘The USGA conducts fifteen women’s pro and amateur championships a year.’, she explains. Debbie will attend six of those tournaments this year.
The men have their Ryder Cup, a head-to-head team competition between Europe and the United States. Not to be outdone, the Solheim Cup is the women’s equivalent. Created in 1990 in Florida, the competition is named after club manufacturer Karsten Solheim. It’s a Ryder Cup format, positioning the US versus Europe in twenty-eight exciting matches with the best female golfers in the world. The competition takes place September 13th-15th at the glorious Gleneagles Golf Course in Perthshire, Scotland. I was very fortunate to visit and stay at this luxury golf resort years ago.
The Solheim Cup was last played in 2017 with teams led by Captains Juli Inkster and Annika Sörenstam. The United States women proved victorious. This year, Inkster returns as US captain and Scottish professional golfer Catriona Matthew will head the European team. Can the US triumph again? Can we beat the Europeans in the very country where golf was born? Let’s support our team and retain the Cup!