MOBILE, Ala. – American Solheim Cup captain Rosie Jones will be interested in creating lively chemistry when she builds her team to play in Ireland next year.
In announcing her assistant captains at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic this week, she talked more about the personalities of her choices, Juli Inkster and Sherri Steinhauer, than she did their records.
Juli “Crack Pot” Inkster, as Jones called her, already knows her role.
“She can keep it light and fun, but demand the respect from all the players with her honest and candid approach,” Jones said. “To me, she will be the cement and the glue that keep the team bonding.”
Steinhauer’s role will lean more toward brainy and professorial.
“I knew that Juli would be kind of light, kind of roll with the punches,” Jones said. “She talks really well with the gals and really connects with the younger players, especially since I haven't been out here for the last four years. She's played at last two Solheim Cup teams with them. Juli and I tend to shoot from the hip.
'That's when Sherri comes in and goes, `Whoa,’ and balances it all out a little bit. She's a well-rounded thinker. She is very meticulous in her thought pattern. She thinks of all different angles. She wants to make sure that we're all making the right moves.”
Inkster, 49, said last year that her Solheim Cup appearance would be her final as a player. She said she expects to adapt quickly to a non-playing role, but players aren't discounting the possibility she makes another team. Steinhauer, 47, is intensely interested in a playing role.
“It's definitely a goal of mine to make the team,” Steinhauer said. “I'm gonna be fighting hard for that. If we come to that bridge, then we'll re-evaluate and discuss what we're gonna do at that point.”