Nothing prepares golf aficionados for the exhilaration of attending the Solheim Cup. Maybe it's the chanting "USA, USA, USA" or "Olay Olay Olay," the supportive vigor of the crowd, or the crazy costumes of the fans.
|B. Lincicome putting from tier to tier on hole 11.|
|Catrina cheering on her team.|
The Solheim site was the Colorado Golf Club designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bert Core, two men who greatly admire the work of Perry Maxwell, who designed my home course, Prairie Dunes. We were not surpised by the undulating greens that were made even more difficult by the pull of gravity away from the mountains.
The line for the opening ceremonies began forming at 3:00, while the ceremonies didn't begin until 7. We choose to watch the Junior Girls Solheim group play a three hole match play against former champions like Rosie Jones.
|View from ground level.|
At last the flag waving ceremony to welcome the teams began. We stood and cheered for them all, the greatest women golfers of their time, no matter which team colors they wore. We were just proud to be Americans, on that day, and every day.
|Team asst. captains Lora Diaz, Dottie Pepper followed by Paula Creamer.|