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“The U.S. team appears mighty strong as well, and I think Steiny (Sherri Steinhauer) and Rinks (Laurie Rinker) are the two hottest players on their team right now."
-Trish Johnson, World Team
 

Tina Tombs
LPGA National Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to LPGA Legends Tour member Tina Tombs, named this year's LPGA National Teacher of the Year after earning top honors in the T&CP Central Section. As Director of Golf Instruction at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz., since 2001, Tina Tombs has developed a premier teaching program for golfers of all ages and skill levels, from youth programs to corporate clinics to women’s groups to professionals. She has earned one top ten finish on The Legends Tour so far and twice represented Canada on the World Team in the ISPS Handa Cup.

England's Trish Johnson Brings Spark to ISPS Handa Cup

England’s Trish Johnson brings a red-hot hand into this year’s ninth annual ISPS Handa Cup following her win in August at the Ladies Scottish Open.

At 48, Johnson became the oldest champion in the history of the Ladies European Tour (LET), winning the Scottish tournament by two shots to defeat players half her age. She currently owns 22 international wins, 19 LET wins and three LPGA victories.

A stalwart on eight European Solheim Cup teams and undefeated in her matches last year when the World Team defeated Team USA for the first time at the 2013 ISPS Handa Cup, Johnson brings an extra spark into this year’s annual international team event, set for September 25-28, at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.

“I’m really looking forward to helping the World Team defend the Handa Cup and I think our team is extremely strong,” said Johnson, currently No. 125 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.

“But the U.S. team would appear mighty strong as well, and I think Steiny (Sherri Steinhauer) and Rinks (Laurie Rinker) are the two hottest players on their team right now,” Johnson added.

One of the fiercest competitors on any European Solheim Cup team, Johnson gave the World Team added firepower at the 2013 Handa Cup. She teamed with Laura Davies to defeat Hall of Famers Pat Bradley and Betsy King in the opening match, and then paired again with Davies to defeat Rinker and Sherri Turner in her second match.

In singles, Johnson defeated Rosie Jones by three strokes to hand Jones her first Handa Cup loss since 2007. By the conclusion of the 2013 Handa Cup, Johnson had earned six points to lead the World Team to a 27-21 victory over the Americans.

“I think the standard on the professional tours is extremely high,” said Johnson, of competing in Legends Tour events for players 45 and over. “I think it proves that age is no barrier if you still have the passion to win.”

Johnson played at Old Waverly Golf Club when the course hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, won by Juli Inkster. Inkster will compete with Team USA in this year’s Handa Cup, hoping to bring her own Mississippi Mojo to the event to aid the Americans.

Johnson says she looks forward to that reunion and a chance to reunite with her former peers from the LPGA Tour.

“I love the intensity of the players when they are on the course, but also the camaraderie,” she added.

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ISPS Handa Cup
Old Waverly Golf Club
West Point, Mississippi
September 25-28, 2014
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LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster takes it up a notch for Team USA with her debut appearance at this year's ISPS Handa Cup. Inkster won the 1999 U.S. Women's Open at Old Waverly and looks forward to a return visit. "Everything at Old Waverly is first class," she says.
 

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