The teams have been named and the stage is set for this year’s ninth
annual ISPS Handa Cup, scheduled September 25-28, at Old Waverly Golf
Club in West Point, Miss.
A highlight on The Legends Tour schedule
each year, the Handa Cup is an international team competition that pits
U.S.-born LPGA Legends (age 45 and over) against internationally born
LPGA Legends in 36 holes of head-to-head stroke-play competition.
This year, the World Team returns to the
event as the defending champion for the first time. The international
squad defeated Team U.S.A. 27-21 in 2013, giving the Americans incentive
to win back the honor and the World Team a firm desire to retain the
"All but one member of our team was a part of the 2013 World Team that
defeated the U.S. for the very first time,” said South Africa’s Sally
Little, captain of the 2014 World Team. “We savored that victory and I
promise we will draw on that energy again this year in defense of the
Team USA will gain a little firepower this year with the addition of
Juli Inkster, who won the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Old
Waverly. Inkster will make her debut in the event, joining former U.S.
Solheim Cup teammates and former U.S. Solheim Captains Beth Daniel, Meg
Mallon, Pat Bradley and Rosie Jones.
Captained by Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez,
Team USA will be comprised of: Bradley, Daniel, Inkster, Christa
Johnson, Jones, Mallon, Barb Mucha, Laurie Rinker, Nancy Scranton, Val
Skinner, Sherri Steinhauer and Sherri Turner. Elaine Crosby will serve
as assistant captain.
“My team is excited and ready to play at Old Waverly,” said Lopez, also
a former U.S. Solheim Cup team member and captain. “These players know
how to win and we are ready to win the Handa Cup back.”
The World Team will feature former European Solheim Cup players Helen
Alfredsson of Sweden, Laura Davies, Trish Johnson and Alison Nicholas,
all of Great Britain, as well as Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann, who
captained Europe’s victorious 2013 Solheim Cup Team.
Joining those European Solheim Cup stalwarts for the World Team will be:
Canadians Dawn Coe-Jones and Lorie Kane; Australians Jane Crafter, Wendy
Doolan and Jan Stephenson; South Americans Alicia Dibos and Jenny
Lidback; and Japan’s Mieko Nomura. Coe-Jones will
serve as assistant captain for the World Team.
New to the rules this year, both World Team Captain Sally Little and
Team USA Captain Nancy Lopez may serve as playing captains with the
option to slate themselves into the competitive lineup.
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