Inkster named Solheim captain for third time

Juli Inkster has been selected as captain of the United States team for the Solheim Cup for an unprecedented third time, it was announced by the LPGA Tour.

The 57-year-old Inkster, from Los Altos and San Jose State, led the U.S. to victories in 2015 at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in St. Leon-Rot, Germany, where the Americans rallied from four points down in singles to win, 14.5-13.5, and followed that with a 16.5-11.5 victory last year at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The 16th Solheim Cup will be played on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from Sept. 13-15, 2019. The U.S. holds a 10-5 lead over Europe in the matches.

“This is an unbelievable honor and one I do not take lightly,” said Inkster, who matched Judy Rankin’s 2-0 record as American captain. “I’m so stoked to be able to take the U.S. Team to Scotland, the home of golf, to compete in the 2019 Solheim Cup. We can’t wait to get started.”

Inkster, who was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., in 2000, has won 31 times on the LPGA Tour, including seven major championships, claimed the LPGA Tour’s Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award in 1984 and the Golf Writers Association of America’s Player of the Year Award in 1999.

In addition, Inkster played on the U.S. team in nine Solheim Cups, posting a 15-12-7 overall record that includes a 6-1-2 mark in singles, and was a member of victorious teams in 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Catriona Matthew of Scotland previously was announced as European captain.

 

 

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