Kerr Excited for Solheim Cup
Previous U.S. Women’s Open champion and Solheim Cup veteran Cristie Kerr described her excitement to play under her idol Julie Inkster at this year’s Solheim Cup.
With a win at the LOTTE Championship presented by HERSHEY, Kerr has found herself automatically qualifying to represent Team USA for a ninth time at the Solheim Cup.
Kerr said: “I’m so excited. Obviously having Julie Inkster as the Captain again, I’ve said more than once, she’s kind of an idol of mine, somebody that I’ve always looked up to and emulated.
“There’s nothing like it, standing on that first tee, teeing it up with a partner, you know, maybe it’s a rookie this time. So, to be able to help them and make them feel comfortable, play as a partner with them or maybe it's somebody I played with in the past and you don't need to do anything.
“It's a lot of fun. It's very serious competition but it is an exhibition and it is to grow the game and it's a blast.”
The Solheim Cup will take place in Des Moines, Iowa, as Team USA look to retain the trophy.
Major Champ, Major Confidence
Brittany Lang defeated Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist to become the U.S Women’s Open champion last year and the American will be looking to defend her title this week in New Jersey.
Winning the U.S. Open brings with it some “cool opportunities” such as dropping the puck at a Dallas Stars game, but one of the main things winning a major instills is confidence.
Lang said: “The one thing it brings is confidence even if you aren’t having good finishes. You know when you get in a situation like that that you can get it done and handle the pressure. That's a positive thing as a professional. You know you can get it done when it matters.
“People take you more serious, you know, being a major champion. It's one thing to win an LPGA tournament or professional tournament, but it's another thing to be called a major champion. People take you serious.
“I think on the first tee I will be a little more nervous, but it's been cool. It's been special walking down the fairways and having people say, 'Let's do it again, Brittany.’ ‘Another year.’ It's really special. The fans have made me feel that way.
“I definitely have a lot of confidence after winning it last year.”
Kim Donates $15,000 Winner’s Check
Hyemin Kim, who plays on the Epson Tour, donated her maiden winner’s check of $15,000 to LPGA*USGA Girls Golf today at the U.S. Women’s Open Junior Day, to help girls “fall in love with golf.”
It took Kim four years as a Epson Tour player to earn her first victory at the POC Med Golf Classic, and has decided to give back to the golfing community with this more than kind gesture.
Kim said: “I’ve been watching a lot of great players giving back to kids or sharing their talents. I really admire them. That’s why I think I decided to use my first check for really special purposes.
“I wish you guys fall in love with the golf and I love to see you guys on the golf course.”