DUNSANY, Ireland – Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer are the leaders of this U.S. Solheim Cup team. They've won majors, they've played great in Solheim Cups, they know what it takes to buckle down when the going gets tough.
But don't overlook the importance of having Angela Stanford on this squad. The 33-year-old veteran is playing in her fourth Solheim Cup with this year at Killeen Castle being the third time she'll play on foreign soil.
Stanford's rookie appearance was in Sweden in 2003, when the Americans lost handily to the Europeans. She missed the 2005 event at Crooked Stick in Indiana but got revenge in Sweden in 2007 when the Americans won. The 2009 Solheim Cup was the first time Stanford played in the U.S. Heck, as an amateur she even played the 2000 Curtis Cup in England.
'Especially when you're overseas, I know how much harder it is to play over here than it is at home,' Stanford said. 'To have a team come together in somebody else's house is pretty cool. You have to be ready, it's tough.'
Stanford's Solheim Cup record is 3-4-3 and she's 2-1 in singles. This year on the LPGA she has seven top-five finishes, including a third place last week at the Navistar Classic.