Davies Perfect in Solheim Selections


Laura Davies extends her record as the only team member to play in all seven Solheim Cups when the 2003 version is played at Barseback Golf and Country Club in Malmo, Sweden, Sept. 12-14.
Englishwoman Davies was a member of the 1990 European team that made its inaugural at Lake Nona Country Club in Orlando and has played on each successive team. No one on the United States outfit has started in all seven, but Beth Daniel has played in six of the seven, having missed only the 1998 Cup matches.
Swedens Helen Alfredsson has also played in all seven matches, but she is in danger of missing this year. Alfredsson is far down the points list and must rely upon a captains selection to be a part of this years European team.
Patty Sheehan will again captain the American team while Catrin Nilsmark of Sweden serves her first year as European captain. The U.S. holds a 5-2 edge in the matches.
The top-ranked player on the LPGA Tour, Swedens Annika Sorenstam, will play in her sixth Solheim Cup since making her debut in 1994. Sophie Gustafson will play in her fourth, but the remainder of the European top-6 who make the squad outright appear to be relatively untested.
The U.S. team will have a nice mix of veterans and youngsters. Juli Inkster and Rosie Jones, with six and five selections, respectively, anchor the side from the top. Laura Diaz and Cristie Kerr have only one Solheim selection each. Angela Stanford, Hilary Lunke, Beth Bauer, Kate Golden and Wendy Ward, all owning one or no Cup picks, are all battling for the 10th position.
The top 10 point-getters will earn their way onto the U.S. team while Sheehan selects two wild-cards. The European team is composed of six automatic selections while six more will be captains picks.
The Solheim Cup is contested over three days, the first two devoted to pairs competition and the finale individual play.
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