As final preparations were made ahead of the matches, talk began to swirl toward the future of this 19-year-old Soheim Cup competition: Would it continue if the Americans dominate? Should the door be opened to the Asians or South Americans?
After 10 Solheims the Americans led 7-3 in the series and had never been beaten on home soil. After 11, the Americans lead 8-3 and still are yet to be beaten on home turf, but last weeks matches told a different story.
Despite the absence of Annika Sorenstam and only half a point contributed from the woman that has seen every Solheim from the playing field, Laura Davies, the Euros were extremely competitive. If it hadnt been for a poor performance from the early starters in the Sunday singles, Europe would likely be carrying the Solheim back to LET headquarters in Buckinghamshire, England.
As they look ahead to Kileen Castle, Ireland, in 2011, the Ladies European Tour must be confident. Anna Nordqvist showed fine form, Tania Elosegui provided some stone-faced confidence and Diana Luna provided the Italians with more to cheer about in a year thats seen them produce the youngest British Amateur champion in the history of the competition. The European rookies did not let the side down.
Gwladys Nocera produced her best performance on American soil, equaling the highest point total of the week with Michelle Wie. The Europeans will head to their next couple of events in Finland and Austria with their heads held high. The rest of the tour must know that when they beat their Solheim representatives at the peak of their games, they are ready to compete on the worlds stage.
Talk of the Solheim Cup not continuing in its current form is complete and utter rubbish.
The passion for this competition didnt shine through in the national print media in the UK or U.S. Little was written ' which is a great shame ' and shows the work needed to be done by Marsha Evans, the acting LPGA commissioner, and her permanent replacement. But that lack of coverage had no bearing on what we actually saw at Rich Harvest Farms. The crowds were magnificent.
Golf Channel provided the same level of coverage you would expect from a Ryder Cup. The Solheim Cup is on the way to equaling its older and more established male counterpart. Remember, Samuel Ryders Cup started in 1937, Karsten Solheims began in 1990.
Womens golf needed a shot in the arm and from where I was sitting last week both teams provided a very entertaining show. I cant wait until next time.