2007 Solheim Cup Venue Announced
Earlier this year, the LET announced The Solheim Cup will be returning to Sweden in 2007 after the immense success of the matches in 2003, held at Barsebck Golf & Country Club where almost 100,000 spectators lined the fairways to witness an historic European victory.
The dates of the 2007 matches will be announced in due course.
Halmstad Golf Club, which has been repeatedly voted the finest course in Sweden and was awarded the number two venue outside the UK by Britains Golf World magazine, held off excellent bids from both Barsebck Golf & Country Club near Malm and Vidbyns GC in Stockholm.
The Ladies European Tour has visited Halmstad Golf Club twice with European Solheim Cup players emerging victorious on each occasion. In 1999, Englands Laura Davies won the Chrysler Open by an eight shot margin and in 2000 Carin Koch from Sweden delighted her home fans with her maiden professional victory.
It was an extremely difficult decision to choose from three excellent golf courses, all of which would have provided the perfect venue for an event of this magnitude, said Ian Randell, chief executive of the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour.
Building upon the successes of Barsebck Golf & Country Club in 2003, we are delighted to be able to visit another of the finest courses in Sweden in 2007. We have had excellent support from the local communities in each proposal, but the fact that the town of Halmstad will be celebrating their 700th anniversary added further strength to their bid.
Bengt Ekberg, Chairman of the Halmstad City Council was delighted to add:
Halmstad Municipality in cooperation with Halmstad Golf Club are proud to announce the hosting of The Solheim Cup 2007. This is a very eventful time for Halmstad considering that The Solheim Cup 2007 will take place during the citys 700 year celebration.
Stefan gren, President of Halmstad Golf Club continued:
We are very honoured and happy to be chosen as the venue for the 2007 Solheim Cup. I am convinced that everyone at Halmstad Golf Club will do their utmost to make the 2007 Solheim Cup a huge success...Welcome!
The Swedish Golf Federation (SGF) will once again be the official Host and will be joined by the Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic Federations who will each take the status of Co-Host. This will ensure the event will be strongly marketed throughout the Nordic Region and will contribute heavily to the development of the Ladies European Tour and womens golf in general.
The Solheim Cup 2007 will also be the culmination of a three year womens golf programme in the Nordic region with the Volvo Cross Country Challenge and the LET has agreed that the Federations will become involved in individual LET tournaments to be played between 2005 and 2007.
Speaking on behalf of the Solheim family and PING, the sponsors of The Solheim Cup, John A. Solheim, Chairman and CEO of PING said:
It will be thrilling to have The Solheim Cup played at Halmstad Golf Club, rated number two in Europe. With the venue coupled with the tremendous support of the Swedish and Scandinavian people, the 2007 Solheim Cup will be a very exciting event.
Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88
MELBOURNE, Australia – Five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 88.
Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members on Wednesday morning.
Born on Aug, 23, 1929, Thomson was two months short of his 89th birthday.
The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by Tom Watson.
On the American senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.
Thomson also served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years.
He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.
In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.
Thomson is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were to be announced over the next few days.
USC's Gaston leaves to become head coach at A&M
In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.
This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.
Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.
Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.
The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.
Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout
CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.
Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.
Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.
“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”
Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.
“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”
Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break
Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.
Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.
Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.
“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”
Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.
“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”
Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.