Following the conclusion of the LPGA Tours Wendys Championship for Children tournament, U.S. Captain Nancy Lopez will announce the 12 golfers selected to represent Team U.S.A. The announcement is expected to take place at approximately 4 p.m. ET. Ten of the U.S. team selections will earn automatic bids by finishing in the top-10 in the Solheim Cups points race. Golfers have been accumulating Solheim Cup points based on their LPGA Tour event finishes since the August 2003 State Farm Classic.
The Golf Channel will be at Crooked Stick Golf Club with more than 23 hours of live match-play coverage of Sept. 9-11 event.
The Golf Channels comprehensive, week-long coverage of the 2005 Solheim Cup tees off Monday, Sept. 5, with a special Solheim Cup-version of Golf Central. The cable networks signature wraparound news coverage continues in the days leading up to the biennial match, carrying the pre-match press conferences live, as well as the competitions Opening Ceremony. The Golf Channels team of experts also will be on hand to provide instant analysis, breakdowns and predictions on Golf Central and Sprint Post Game.
The three days of match play will be covered live from the moment the first pair tees off until the last putt drops ' eight consecutive hours of live coverage on Friday and Saturday and seven hours on Sunday.
In addition to the networks dedicated match-play coverage, more than 40 programming hours in the week leading to the competition will be Solheim Cup-themed.
Leading The Golf Channels team of experts during tournament week will be Indiana native Brian Hammons and LPGA legend Dottie Pepper ' herself a veteran of six U.S. Solheim Cup teams. Supporting Hammons and Pepper in the booth, will be Kay Cockerill and Val Skinner on the golf course, and Rich Lerner providing essays and special reports.
The biennial contest pits the top European-born players from the Robe Di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) against the top U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in a three-day, match-play-style competition.
Live match-play coverage of the 2005 Solheim Cup tees off Friday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. (ET).