PARKER, Colo, — Former University of Arkansas standout Stacy Lewis represents Team USA in the Solheim Cup from Parker, Colo., beginning Aug. 16.
Lewis, who won the Women’s British Open last week, was a runaway qualifer with 977 points.& This is her second Solheim Cup appearance.
Extensive coverage of play will be provided by the Golf Channel beginning Aug. 12th with a review of the 2011 Cup and previews of this year’s teams.& Play begins Friday, Aug. 16th.
Below is more information from SolheimCupUSA.com.
The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one’s country. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features 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, 8-4, with Europe having won the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle, just outside Dublin, Ireland. In 2013, the Americans look to defend their unblemished record in home matches and regain the Cup.
Format: Three-day, match-play competition. The first two days of competition feature two sessions each day, with a total of eight foursomes and eight four-ball matches over the two days. The final day consists of 12 singles matches.
The foursomes format features two-member teams, with players hitting alternate shots using the same ball. At the end of the hole, one score is recorded for the team. In contrast, a four-ball match has each player playing her own ball throughout the entire match. At the end of each hole, the best score of the two teammates is recorded; only one score from each team is recorded for each hole. For the singles competition, one U.S. and one European player compete against one another. Each plays her own ball throughout the round and records her own score.
Scoring: Scoring is based on a points system, with 28 total points available over the three days of competition. One point is awarded for each match won, and half a point is given to each team for matches that end in a tie. The defending champion needs 14 points to retain the Cup, while the other team would require 14-1/2 points to win the event.