Robbins Hurst Round Out Solheim Team


The U.S. Solheim Cup team was finalized Sunday, with Patty Sheehan using her captains picks on Kelly Robbins and Pat Hurst.
Robbins entered the final week of qualifying 10th on the points list and skipped the State Farm Classic. Emilee Klein finished tied for fourth in Illinois, and moved from 13th to ninth in the final standing.
Robbins was bumped to 11th, with Hurst finishing in 12th place. Dorothy Delasin, who finished 13th, was selected by Sheehan as a traveling alternate should any of the 12 members not be able to compete.
Robbins has an 8-6-2 record in four previous Solheim Cups; Hurst is 5-2-1 in two Cups. The two have teamed to go 4-1.
'Today was kind of a tough day for three players that I had to tell they're not on the team,' said Sheehan, who played in four Solheim Cups. 'I'm very excited though. The players are getting excited.'
The U.S. team is composed of ' in finishing order ' Juli Inkster, Laura Diaz, Rosie Jones, Michele Redman, Cristie Kerr, Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel, Wendy Ward, Klein, Kelli Kuehne, Robbins and Hurst.
Diaz, Kerr, Ward, Klein and Kuehne are all Cup rookies.
The European team was completed last week, when Captain Dale Reid added Englands Laura Davies, Swedes Helen Alfredsson and Carin Koch, and fellow Scot Mhairi McKay to her team.
The Europeans get four selections compared to the Americans two due to the fact that many of the European stars play primarily in LPGA events in the U.S., where they cannot earn points.
Annika Sorenstam, Raquel Corriedo of Spain, France's Karine Icher, Spains Paula Marti, Englands Sophie Gustafson, Norways Suzann Pettersen, Dane Iben Tinning and Swede Maria Hjorth qualified for the team.
Hjorth, Icher, Marti, Pettersen, McKay and Tinning will make their debuts in the biennial event, contested at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn., Sept 20-22.
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