Europe Has Up and Down Week


EDINA, Minn. -- The European Solheim Cup squad, having relinquished the Cup to the Americans, is left to review what team captain Dale Reid referred to as an up and down week.
Its been a funny week. I mean, it was -- we were all up in the foursomes, we were all down in the four-balls, and then same again yesterday, Reid said, not having had a moment to herself yet.
We got off to a good start, they got a good start, and right there was a few others that made a huge fight of it, Laura Davies, a member of all seven Solheim Cup teams, said.
For a while there I thought we were going to get away with it, and then we would retain the cup but, unfortunately, it didnt quite work out, they won the points.
Davies was defeated by Meg Mallon, 3-and-2, in Sundays singles match.
According to Reid, the Europeans lost the cup, which heavily implies that the Americans did not win it. There are a couple of players that could have played better than they did today, Reid said.
Paula wasnt using all four cylinders today, but I believe Meg played very well, too, but I did see Paula throw a few holes away today, which is very uncharacteristic of her, and you just really cant afford to do that in this level of tournament.
We werent too worried about the board looking too red when there were still girls teeing off. It looked that way yesterday and we turned it around and got it back into the blue, but there were a few matches that got too many holes down early on, and its very hard to come back from that.
With all of the matches equally important to the outcome, the team was looking for Annika Sorenstams match against Wendy Ward to turn in their favor, which it did not.
Im obviously disappointed for the team, I thought we were going to go out and do it today, Carin Koch, one of three teammates who scored half a point Sunday said. I had a really good feeling,
Captains pick Carin Koch was the big winner on the European team this year. After competing in all five matches, the sultry Swede had a 2002 record of 4-0-1 and an overall Solheim Cup record of 7 1/2 points out of the eight matches she has played during the 2000 and 2002 Cups.
This girl has had a fantastic two great Solheims, the proud captain said of Koch, who halved her match against Beth Daniel. It must have been hard finishing her match today considering that the ' she knew we had already lost the match, so to get a half point was fantastic.
The Europeans enjoyed a two-point lead coming into the final day of match play and full well expected to win for the first time on U.S. soil. Well, everybody was very happy going into today, a disappointed Reid said. We were where we wanted to be.
U.S. teams have always done well in the singles matches. This year was no different as the American squad won 8 of the available 12 points on Sunday.
They (Americans) are great Sunday players, they put great pressure on us, Davies said. And I, for one, didnt play well enough. While there was all that red up there, all you are really trying to do is win your match, but you cant help seeing just an absolute red, red, red all the way.
I guess on the day, really, we lost it. There is nothing else you can say, but we did lose it. But every match I saw today all our girls were putting extremely well, but just for some reason the ball just didnt want to disappear down the hole.
Reid, who took the 2000 team to victory, has enjoyed her last time as team captain, handing the responsibility over to Catrin Nilsmark in 2003 when the Solheim Cup travels to Sweden.

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