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.
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
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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