The Solheim Cup an LPGA International Golf Tournament is coming to Parker in 2013
This is NOT your ordinary boring golf tournament where the players and gallery sit quietly and politely playing a round of golf. Check out the fun times that will be in store for you in the YouTube video below.
Competition: The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one’s country.
This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European
Tour (LET). The U.S. Team leads the competition, 8-4, with Europe having won the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle, just outside Dublin, Ireland. In 2013, the Americans look to defend their unblemished record in home matches and regain the Cup.
Solheim Cup 2013
Dates: August 13 – 18, 2013
Format: Three-day, match-play competition. The first two days of competition feature two sessions each day, with a total of eight foursomes and eight four-ball matches over the two days. The final day consists of 12 singles matches.
The foursomes format features two-member teams, with players hitting alternate shots using the same ball. At the end of the hole, one score is recorded for the team.
In contrast, a four-ball match has each player playing her own ball throughout the entire match. At the end of each hole, the best score of the two teammates is recorded; only one score from each team is recorded for each hole.
For the singles competition, one U.S. and one European player compete against one another. Each plays her own ball throughout the round and records her own score.
Scoring: Scoring is based on a points system, with 28 total points available over the three days of competition. One point is awarded for each match won, and half a point is given to each team for matches that end in a tie. The defending champion needs 14 points to retain the Cup, while the other team would require 14-1/2 points to win the event.
Television coverage: Golf Channel will broadcast coverage in the United States.
The Golf Channel covered portions of The Solheim Cup in 2000 and 2002 and televised every shot in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Solheim Cup Team selection:
U.S. Team: Beginning in 2013, the 12-player U.S. Team will be made up of the top 8 on the LPGA Solheim Cup points list, the next 2 highest ranked eligible players from the Rolex Rankings and 2 Captain’s Picks. U.S. players began earning points toward the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team at the 2011 CN Canadians Women’s Open.
European Team: The European Team is selected by taking the top four players from the LET points standings, followed by the next top four European LET members appearing on the Rolex Rankings at an agreed cut-off date, plus four Captain’s Selections. Players began accumulating points toward the 2013 European Solheim Cup Team at the 2011 UNIQA Ladies Open presented by Raiffeisen.
Team captains: Meg Mallon will captain the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. Meg is an 18-time winner on the LPGA Tour and has participated in nine Solheim Cups (eight times as a player and once as an assistant captain). She also served as captain of the U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2011.
- Liselotte Neumann will serve as captain of the 2013 European Solheim Cup Team.
- Liselotte has 27 worldwide victories to her name and represented Europe as a player in The Solheim Cup on six consecutive occasions and as an assistant captain in 2009.
- Liselotte captained the 2011 European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team, battling Meg Mallon’s U.S. Junior Team to a dramatic tie.
Course: When golf course architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw first walked the property at Colorado Golf Club, they deemed the land “gifted for golf”. The 7604-yard, par-72 course plays through open meadows, wooded hillsides, natural barrancas and streams. Coore and Crenshaw have utilized all these elements to create a “journey” that engages all aspects of the game
- # 1 Best New Private Golf Course (GOLF Magazine and Sports Illustrated,
- 2007 rankings
- # 22 Top 100 Modern Course (Golfweek, 2010 rankings)
- One of the “Ten to Watch” in Golf Magazine 2007 World Top 100 Rankings
Source: Solheim Cup 2013