The Links course will be the venue of the event, to be shown on The Golf Channel at 1:30 p.m ET, Fri-Sun. And Meg Mallon, 41 years of age, and Beth Daniel, 48, will bring a lot of experience for the U.S. team.
Mallon explained the comfort of the pairing with her buddy of 17 years. For me, it is incredibly enjoyable to play with Beth, she said. We have played a lot of match play together and have had a lot of great matches. From my standpoint, I really enjoy playing with Beth and just enjoy watching her game.
We know each others game so well and we know what to expect out of each other. There is not anything we have not seen, so we are not going to be really surprised. Of course we have played alternate shot, which is the most difficult format, so we dont have to go through the pains of getting to know each other and each others game.
Daniel said that the two are so comfortable with each others game that being partners is really a breeze.
Our games match up pretty well for foursomes, she said. There is nothing that we have to do out of our own games to accommodate the other player.
I feel like I can play my game and Meg can play her game and that is the thing in alternate shot, people try to do too much for the other person. We have played enough together to know that we do not have to do that.
The Australian pair of Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington is the defending champion. Webb said the duo have a lot of pride when they begin playing for their flag.
I have known Rachel since I was 14 - we grew up playing amateur golf together, she said. We played for our state and country, so it is good to do it for our country as well.
The tournament begins with a day of better-ball, followed by a day of alternate shot.
We were talking today, said Webb, and it is probably a good thing it (alternate shot) is the second round, so you can get a feel of the course during the first-round (better) ball. You know we might have more of an understanding by the time we play the foursomes.'