I had the pleasure on Saturday of attending the Solheim Cup being played at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN.
I have never attending a women’s professional golf tournament before, but I have to say it was quite exciting
I have played the golf course these women are playing and it is not an easy track. You may remember Crooked Stick was the 1991 venue for the PGA Championship that John Daly won.
I have never been to a Ryder Cup-esqe type event before, but the first observation I made was the comraderie among not only Americans, but the individual parents.
Everywhere I went, the chant “USA USA USA USA” was heard. When one of the individual players made a winning putt or shot, the respective country’s fans went nuts. I was included in the fans that went nuts as it was quite fun.
I must say. These ladies ARE GOOD! The ladies do not play the back tee’s. In fact, on several holes, they played a set of tees that were easily 100 yards in front of the back tees. I believe Crooked Stick setup the course for easy scoring (aka, a lot of birdies) as that makes for great TV drama.
I am very disappointed that The Golf Channel was the only network to carry The Solheim Cup. No ESPN, no USA, no CBS, etc…
In my opinion, that just plays into the fact that women still do not get the attention and respect they deserve. When the President’s Cup is aired and the Ryder Cup, you can bet your bottom dollar it will be on multiple networks (for the thur. and fri. coverage) and then the typical weekend coverage.
I was only at the Solheim Cup for the morning matches, but it was definitly fun seeing these women play golf. I got a chance to be close to Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulblis, and more.
I would have LOVED to see Michelle Wie in this event, but because she is not a pro, that is not possible.
As I write this, it is 9:30 on sunday morning in Indianapolis, IN and the USA team appears to be making a solid run. Europe and USA were tied going into the Singles Matches for today. You can keep up with live scoring at The Golf Channel.