It was easy for Nancy Lopez to be inspired by the play of the winning U.S. Solheim Cup team last week when she served as an assistant captain for Juli Inkster.
But it will be Lopez’s turn in November to rally Team U.S.A. when she serves as captain at the 10th annual ISPS Handa Cup – a Legends Tour team stroke-play event between players from the United States and the eight-nation World Team, hosted by Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla.
“I’m really motivated and I know some of the players in this event were at the recent Solheim Cup, so they are also motivated this year,” said Lopez, who was an assistant U.S. Team captain last week in Germany along with LPGA pros Wendy Ward and Pat Hurst.
“When you play golf, there’s a lot of pride involved and you’re always proud to represent your country,” added Lopez, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “You still want to win and beat the rest of the world.”
When the 2015 Handa Cup is staged Nov. 12-14, Lopez will lead a team that will include both Inkster and Hurst on the American side, as well as former U.S. Solheim Cup captains Pat Bradley, Beth Daniel, Rosie Jones and Meg Mallon.
The World Team will be bolstered this year by the addition of Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, who played on the European Solheim Cup team last week that lost to the Americans by one point.
Matthew will be making her debut at the Handa Cup and is certain to add to a side that features past European Solheim Cup stalwarts Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davies, Trish Johnson and Liselotte Neumann.
“Catriona Matthew is a great player and she’ll definitely add to their team,” said Lopez. “She’s cool as a cucumber when she’s playing and she is very consistent.”
As the 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup captain, Lopez said her 2015 Handa Cup pairings will be based on “playing style and chemistry” between her players for the team events. Pairings for the singles competition will be determined following the team matches.
“These players are still very competitive and there are so many great champions on both sides,” said Lopez. “It’s a lot of fun now to be the American captain and to lead them the best way I can to hopefully repeat as Handa Cup champions.”
Tickets are available at www.thelegendstour.com or by calling 1-877-766-8162. A single-day pass is $10 and a three-day pass is $25 and includes access to practice-round day, team matches and singles matches.
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Listed below are the teams for the 2015 ISPS Handa Cup:
Captain, Sally Little, South Africa
Assistant Captain, Dawn Coe-Jones, Canada
Helen Alfredsson, Sweden
Jane Crafter, Australia
Laura Davies, England
Alicia Dibos, Peru
Wendy Doolan, Australia
Trish Johnson, England
Lorie Kane, Canada
Jenny Lidback, Peru
Catriona Matthew, Scotland
Liselotte Neumann, Sweden
Mieko Nomura, Japan
Jan Stephenson, Australia
Captain, Nancy Lopez, Alabama
Assistant Captain, Elaine Crosby, Michigan
Danielle Ammaccapane, California
Pat Bradley, Massachusetts
Beth Daniel, Florida
Pat Hurst, California
Juli Inkster, California
Christa Johnson, Arizona
Rosie Jones, Georgia
Meg Mallon, Florida
Barb Mucha, Florida
Michele Redman, Minnesota
Laurie Rinker, Florida
Kris Tschetter, Virginia
About Palm Aire Country Club
Palm Aire Country Club is a privately-owned country club with a member-elected Board of Governors that is passionately committed to the club and its members. The Sarasota Herald Tribune named Palm Aire the “Best Golf Course Community in the Sarasota-Bradenton Area” in 2014. In the early 1960’s, Palm Aire Country Club, then known as the DeSoto Lakes Golf Club, played host to PGA and LPGA Tour events featuring Sam Snead, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Louise Suggs, Patti Berg and more. Palm Aire Country Club is proud to welcome back LPGA Tour greats now playing The Legends Tour for the 2015 ISPS Handa Cup. For more information about Palm Aire Country Club, visit www.palmaire.net.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 15 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.
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