The Solheim Cup was on show today at the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford today when winning captain Alison Nicholas arrived to meet spectators.
She posed with them for photographs with the trophy and looked ahead to Europe’s defence Solheim Cup, which starts in Colorado, USA, on August 16th.
Alison (image © Leaderboard Photography) will be there to support, but this will be the first time in the history of the competition that she hasn’t been involved, either as a player or official.
“It will be weird, but you have to take a back seat and stay in the background,” she said. “But I’m going to be there to support – it will be a partisan crowd, which is difficult to play under, but you just have to embrace it.”
Those in the know believe Europe have a great chance and Alison remarked: “I believe anything is possible. You just have to believe and play as hard as you can.”
She also revealed that when she was considering players for her winning team she studied their amateur records in match play events such as the European ladies’ team championship.
“Once they become pros they don’t play match play so I went back through the records. I think match play is a great game, it’s a great spectator sport, it keeps you on the edge of your seat,” said Alison, a past winner of the US Open.