GURNEE, Ill. – England’s Charley Hull stole the show almost the moment she stepped on to the Solheim Cup stage in her first appearance in the international team event in Colorado three years ago.
Just 17 at the time, Hull won the affection of both European and American fans with her youthful, free spirited charm in the media center early in the week. She showed her star potential routing Paula Creamer 5 and 4 in singles and then asking Creamer for an autograph afterward.
Hull is back on the international team event stage in a big way this week at the UL International Crown with England making its first appearance in the biennial event. Hull finds her in a showcase match right from the start, with the English meeting the Americans in opening round fourballs.
Hull, who is 6-2 in her Solheim Cup career, will team with Mel Reid Thursday in a match against Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller at 10:15 a.m. ET.
“It's a big opportunity to be here, and for England to be here, it's massive,” Hull said of England’s qualifying for the Crown after missing out the inaugural year. “You've got so many players out here very highly ranked, and for all four of us to be here is massive.”
Hull relishes combing efforts with fellow countrywomen Reid, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Holly Clyburn this week.
“I'm buzzing for it,” Hull said. “I just enjoy the four players I'm with. I was listening on the golf course today, all the banter flying around, and it's great fun. I think all four of us have got similar games, and there was a bit of clowning on the golf course, so we can joke around.”