Northern California native Juli Inkster Tabbed 2015 Solheim Cup Captain
March 18, 2014
Entering next year’s Solheim Cup—to be held Sept. 18-20 at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany—the U.S. squad will be coming off its second straight loss. Previously, the U.S. had never lost two straight matches in the history of the event.
To make matters worse, the 2013 U.S. team lost in record fashion, getting trounced 18-10 by the Europeans at Colorado Golf Club. It was the Americans first loss on U.S. turf.
If anyone can help right the U.S. ship, it’s Inkster.
The now 53-year-old Santa Cruz native, who insists she will only captain the team and not play, is the greatest American player to ever compete in the Solheim Cup. She holds the U.S. record for most Solheim Cup apperances (nine), most matches won (15) and most points won (18 ½).
Her LPGA resume—31 victories, seven majors and the career Grand Slam–isn’t too shabby either.
In a conference call, Inkster expressed her desire to get the U.S. back on track. Golf World first reported that Inkster was to be named captain.
“It’s not do or die. You’re still going to be the same person when you get on that plane and fly home, but it’ll be a lot more enjoyable flight if we have that cup with us,” Inkster said. “It’s not rocket science. You just go over there and play some golf, and I think the girls just…believe me, if they just play the way they should play, we’re going to have fun, and we’re going to win.
“The Europeans, they’re hungry. They always seem to play their best golf as a team during Solheim Cup. And we’ve just got to find a way to play to match their intensity and match their golf.”
Along with her prowess, Inkster should have no trouble relating to today’s younger LPGA stars. She has two teenage daughters.
“I think I kind of know where they’re coming from and know what they’re thinking,” Inkster said. “Hopefully I don’t get any roll of the eyes, but you never know. But I do think it’ll help. No one wants to be micromanaged, and I don’t micromanage my kids, and I’m not going to micromanage the team. They know what they’re doing. It’s not like it’s their first rodeo. I’m just going to be there to help them, guide them and lend an ear. That’s pretty much what parenting is—helping them make the right decision. And hopefully I can do that with the kids.”
Inkster said that friend and fellow Northern California native Pat Hurst, who grew up in San Leandro, will be her assistant.