Hall of Famer King, a 29-year member of the LPGA Tour with 34 victories to her credit, was named by a five-member selection committee formed by the LPGA Board of Directors. Fellow LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Beth Daniel will serve as assistant captain of the 2007 U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
I am very honored to be named captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team, said King. I look forward to the preparation and competition over the next two years. When I called Beth, I told her that I consider her a co-captain rather than an assistant captain. Beth has a lot of Solheim Cup experience and will bring a lot to the team.'
Kings participation on five U.S. Solheim Cup teams (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998) gives her the distinction of being the U.S. team captain with the most Solheim Cup experience, as well as the U.S. captain with the most points scored in Solheim competition (8).
Daniel has played in all but one Solheim Cup (1998) and has accumulated 13-1/2 points in eight appearances for the U.S. team. Daniel and King were teammates four times, including the 1996 Solheim Cup when the U.S. team became the only team to win the Solheim Cup on foreign soil.
I cant adequately describe how excited I was to get Betsys phone call, said Daniel. The Solheim Cup has been an important part of my life and career, and I am truly honored to experience another chapter of Solheim Cup memories, this time as assistant captain.
'Betsy and I have played on several U.S. teams together, and weve been friendly competitors on the LPGA Tour for many years now. I respect her immensely and am happy to help Betsy lead her team in Sweden in 2007.
The guidelines used by the committee include: previous Solheim Cup experience; number of years on the LPGA Tour; more than 40 years of age; and LPGA Tour career successes. The committee is comprised of LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens; Heather Daly-Donofrio, president of the LPGA Tour Player Executive Committee; Rae Evans, chairwoman of the LPGA Board of Directors; and Nancy Lopez and Patty Sheehan, the two previous U.S. Solheim Cup team captains.