Inkster announces Ward as Solheim assistant captain

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OCALA, Fla. – Wendy Ward will be one of U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster’s assistant captains when the Americans meet Europe in Germany Sept. 18-20, Inkster announced Tuesday at the Coates Golf Championship.

Pat Hurst is the other assistant.

Ward, 41, is a four-time LPGA winner. She played on U.S. Solheim Cup teams in 2002, ’03 and ’05 with the Americans winning in ’02 and ’05. She was 2-8-1 in the matches.

“I think she brings a calmness and a confident attitude to the team,” Inkster said. “The girls love her. That’s the key. She’s got a lot of respect.”

Inkster gave a pretty good clue of what kind of leader she’ll be in Tuesday’s news conference.

“I kind of like a captain that’s maybe a little more warm and fuzzy, maybe will come up and give you a high five, maybe will hug you when things aren’t going right, or sit down and talk to you,” Inkster said.

Inkster was asked what she thought of the debacle that followed Tom Watson’s captaincy after the Americans lost the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles last fall.

“I wasn’t in the team room, and I don’t really know what happened, but, hopefully, we won’t need a task force, and we’ll be able to figure out what we’re doing out there,” Inkster said.