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This weekend, former San Jose State women’s golfers Juli Inkster and Janice Moodie are competing for the United States and European teams, respectively, at the 2009 Solheim Cup. Both players made their team as captain’s picks.
Inkster makes her eighth appearance at the event and ties co-captain Meg Mallon and captain Beth Daniel for the most appearances by a U.S. Team member. Inkster previously competed at the 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007 events. She has a 14-8-5 record at the Solheim Cup including 2-0-2 in 2007. Inkster has a 6-1-0 singles record and owns the all-time record in Solheim Cup history for most points earned in singles competition.
Moodie is making her third appearance at the Solheim Cup after participating in 2000 and 2003. She has a 6-1-1 record and was 3-0-1 in 2003. Moodie has won 81.25 percent of her Solheim Cup matches, more than any player in Cup history from either team.
The Solheim Cup is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring 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, 7-3, and has never lost The Solheim Cup on home soil. The European Team last won in 2003.
The 2009 Solheim Cup takes place at the 6,670-yard, links-style Rich Harvest Farms, which officially tees-off Friday morning with four-ball play followed by foursome matches - a change from the past. The same schedule is repeated on Saturday, followed by 12 singles matches on Sunday to help determine which who will keep the Cup for the next two years.
Spartan head women’s golf coach John Dormann also participated in three Solheim Cups as the caddie for Mallon in 1992, 1994 and 1996.
Information from lpga.com contributed to this story.