Rich Harvest Farms site of 16-12 win for U.S. over Europe at Solheim Cup
by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVEâ€”Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, will have a tough road ahead if it wants to compare to the extravaganza put on in Sugar Grove this past week.
However, the site of the 2011 Solheim Cup has plenty to jump off from after an entertaining 16-12 win by the U.S. over Europe in Sugar Grove.
An estimated 120,000 visitors over the four-day period of play saw noteworthy golfers like Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel up close, and witnessed pride for country by a red, white and blue-clad United States squad that successfully retained the Solheim Cup title at Rich Harvest Farms.
After beginning with fourball and foursomes on Friday, Sunday was down to singles competition.
Pressel retained the Solheim Cup for the U.S. Team with a 3-up victory over Swedenâ€™s Anna Nordqvist to clinch the week. Pressel chipped to two feet and had her par putt conceded to give the Americans a 14-11 lead to clinch the 2009 Solheim Cup.
The high level of competition and skill was apparent throughout the clash, and U.S. golfers Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Pressel and Wie finished undefeated in head-to-head play, while Diana Luna and Janice Moodie did so for Europe.
For many fans throughout the week, it was a chance to see Europeâ€™s best up close, and for those across the Atlantic, it was a similar opportunity to hit the local links.
Spainâ€™s Tania Elosegui (1-2 in singles) tried to put it in perspective on Thursday.
â€œI think everyone is going to be nervous tomorrow, even the Americans. I think, I donâ€™t know, I think everyone is going to be nervous on the first tee. But thatâ€™s something that we have to manage to handle.â€
With the Junior Solheim Cup taking place at Aurora Country Club the same weekend, Europe coaching staff member Jonas Lilja of Sweden relished the experience.
â€œItâ€™s a chance to be able to play great courses and well-arranged tournaments. Definitely a great experience,â€ Lilja said.
After Ireland, the Solheim Cup returns to the U.S. to Parker, Colo., in 2013.
Photo: U.S. team captain Beth Daniel raises the Stars and Stripes after successfully defending the Solheim Cup title with a 16-12 team win that concluded on Sunday.