A Glimpse at the US Solheim Cup Team

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Captain Patty Sheehan and her United States Solheim Cup team are geared up for an intense week of match play at Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minn., Sept. Much weight will be placed on the team since the Americans have never lost on home soil. Below is a brief look at the players that make up years team.
 

PATTY SHEEHAN
Reno, Nev.

A total of 35 wins, including six majors, gives this Solheim Cup Captain a reputation as a fierce competitor. Shes played on four U.S. Solheim Cup teams and has an overall record of five wins, seven losses, and one halved point (5-7-1).
 
Sheehans got a mixed bag of experience and youthful exuberance to work with this year, which she seems much more excited about than worried over. In fact, the first-time Captain is extremely confident that the U.S. team will regain the Cup this week. So much so that she has not and will not be preparing anything to say should the European Team win. For Sheehan, losing this year is not part of the thought process.
 

JANE GEDDES
Boca Raton, Fla.

As Assistant Captain and an 11 time LPGA Tour winner, Geddes has been charged with helping Sheehans team regain the cup, which was lost in the 2000 matches Europe 14 - U.S. 11 at Loch Lomond in Scotland.
 

JULI INKSTER
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Age is not an issue for this Hall of Famer. At 42, she is the second oldest member of the team and has participated in three prior matches. Inkster hit 40 and never batted an eye. This is one player that doesnt seem to know what 'past your prime' means and will give the Europeans a good fight.
 
Her win at this year's U.S. Womens Open re-established her as a tough competitor and marked her place as a pillar of strength on this team.
 
Her overall Cup record is 5-4-2.
 

LAURA DIAZ
Scotia, N.Y.

One of many young talents on this years team, Diaz is a Cup rookie but brings a strong sense of competition to the table.
 
Since her rookie year on the LPGA Tour in 1999, Diaz has been much talked about as a major force in the future of womens golf. Her first win on Tour was at the 2002 Welchs/Circle K Championship and after that it seemed that the floodgates had opened. Diaz went on to record seven more top-10 finishes this season, including another win at the Corning Classic. But she is young and still misses a cut now and then.
 
Diaz is one of five Cup rookies.
 

ROSIE JONES
Santa Ana, Calif.

Jones has been described as a spitfire and in Dottie Peppers absence will have the role of motivating the team. Jones played in the very first Solheim Cup, was a captains pick in 1998, and made the team again in 2000. With 12 career wins and ten top-10 finishes this season, she will be a tough competitor.
 
Her record is 7-5 in prior Solheim Cup appearances.
 

MICHELE REDMAN
Zanesville, Ohio

Redman has been a resident of Minneapolis and will help Sheehan with local knowledge. She has two wins, her last in 2000 at the First Union Betsy King Classic.
 
Its been a really good year for Redman who has amassed eight top-10 finishes including a tie for second at the Weetabix Womens British Open.
 
She played on the 2000 team fairing 0-2-0 but Sheehan has high hopes for her this time around.
 

CRISTIE KERR
Miami, Fla.

Kerr has proven herself by transforming into a well-rounded and successful player. In the past three weeks she has recorded two top-10 finishes and one top-15. Like Diaz, Kerr recorded her first win at the Longs Drugs Challenge this season. A lot of things have come together for Kerr in 2002, including a better relationship within the LPGA Tour community.
 
This is Kerrs first appearance in the Solheim Cup.
 

MEG MALLON
Natick, Mass.

Mallon is one of the more experienced team members having played on five teams. She added a win at the Bank of Montreal Canadian Womens Open this year bringing her career victories up to 14.
 
She has played on all but the first Solheim Cup team. Her record of 8-5-5 denotes her as a solid match play participant.
 

BETH DANIEL
Charleston, S.C.

Daniel is making her sixth appearance at the Solheim Cup. With 32 victories under her belt and four top-10 finishes this season, the 45-year-old Hall of Famer has shown that she still has fight in her game.
 
She brings with her a wealth of experience to share with the five Cup rookies on the team and a record of 7-6-3.
 

WENDY WARD
San Antonio, Texas

Ward, a Cup rookie, missed the cut at the State Farm Classic but had recorded enough points during the two-year battle to make the team. She has three wins, the last of which was in 2001 at the Wendys Championship for Children at New Albany where she recorded her career-low of 62.
 
Ward is one of five Solheim Cup rookies.
 

EMILEE KLIEN
Santa Monica, Calif.

This cup rookie owes her spot to match play maven Dottie Pepper - the only U.S. player to have participated in all six Cups - who withdrew from competition due to a lingering shoulder injury.

Klein, who was 11th in the points standing before assuming Pepper's place, has been slightly inconsistent on the course this year, although she has recorded three top-15 finishes in as many weeks and has three career victories to her credit. Her play has been sketchy at times this year and she's missed seven cuts, making her a wildcard in competition.
 
The 28-year-old is participating in the Cup for the first time.
 

KELLI KUEHNE
Dallas, TX.

Kuehne is one of five rookies and a former member of Interlachen C.C. As such, she brings with her youthful exhuberance and the ability to help Sheehan navigate the old Donald Ross design.
 
Her sole LPGA Tour victory was at the 1999 Corning Classic which she aggressively defended in 2000 and eventually came in second after losing a three-way, sudden-death playoff to Tour veteran Betsy King.
 
Sheehan will be looking to Kuehne and Kerr to lead the other rookies into battle.
 

KELLY ROBBINS
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Robbins was Sheehans first pick and serves the roll of the laid back member of the team. She has three top-10 finishes this season, and nine career victories. Robbins was named NCAA Co-Player of the Year in 1991 along with Annika Sorenstam.
 
Robbins played in the last four Solheim Cups, recording 3-1 records in 1998 and 2000, which made her an easy choice as a Captains pick. Her overall performance is 8-6-2.
 

PAT HURST
San Leandro, Calif.

Hurst, Sheehans second wildcard pick, made the team even after bogeying the last hole of the State Farm Classic. It was an emotional moment for the three-time LPGA Tour winner and she vowed not to let Sheehan down after hearing the good news.
 
This is Hursts third time on the team. She has fared well, going 3-1-0 in 1998 and 2-1-1 in 2000. This will be an opportunity for her to up her winning percentage, which already hovers near 70%.
 

DOROTHY DELASIN
Lubbock, Texas

As the team's traveling alternate, Delasin offers comforting back up for the week. Since joining the LPGA Tour in 2000, she has recorded three career victories and demonstrates incredible nerve on the golf course.
 
Delasin is a fighter and just what the team needs if a safety net is required.
 
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