After 48 hours of rumors and rumblings the LPGA finally made it official: Julie Inkster, who has already announced that 2014 will be her final year on Tour, will captain the 2015 Team USA! What a way to start her “retirement!” Thirty-one time LPGA winner, seven-time major champion, nine-time Team USA member, Inkster holds the record for most Solheim Cups played and most points won (18 1/2) by an American. And her 6-1-2 singles mark gives her the most points won in that format by anyone.
Inkster is singularly qualified for the job. She’s the only player to be an active competitor and serve as an assistant captain during the same Solheim Cup, in 2011. That year she earned the distinction of being the oldest player to compete on a Solheim Cup Team at the age of 51 years, 2 months and 30 days. Inkster boasts an impressive 15-12-7 overall record in her nine Solheim Cup appearances.
I’m so honored to be selected as the 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain. . . I will do my best to uphold the honor and tradition that the previous captains have set and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to lead the U.S. Team in Germany. . . U.S. players are hungry for a win and we will have to play our best to do that.
Inkster didn’t waste any time in naming one of her assistant captains. The LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member announced Tuesday night that she has chosen her longtime friend and former U.S. Solheim Cup teammate, Pat Hurst, to help lead the U.S. Team in Germany. Hurst, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has competed in five Solheim Cups.
The U.S. leads Europe 8-5 all-time in Solheim Cup competition following an 18-10 loss to the Europeans in August at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado. It was the first time in Solheim Cup history that the U.S. Team suffered two straight losses in competition and was also the first loss by an American team on home soil. I expect blood will flow in Germany in 2015.
The 2015 Solheim Cup will be played at St Leon-Rot, Germany, near Frankfurt, in August or September. It’s not too early to start thinking about travel plans!