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Helen Alfredsson named 2007 Solheim Cup Captain

The Ladies European Tour is delighted to announce that Helen Alfredsson will be the Captain of The 2007 European Solheim Cup Team.  

Alfredsson, 40, will be the Captain for the tenth Solheim Cup Match at Halmstad Golfklubb in Sweden , from September 14-16 th , 2007 .

She becomes the third Swedish golfer to captain a European Solheim Cup Team against the United States following in the footsteps of Catrin Nilsmark (2003, 2005) and Pia Nilsson (1998).

Alfredsson, who led the European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team to victory in 2003, made seven successive appearances in The Solheim Cup as a player from 1990 and has a 10-12-2 record. She has earned 11 points with 10 wins and two halved matches from 24 matches.

"I have so many great memories from The Solheim Cup and to be chosen is such a great honour," Alfredsson said.

"To be the European Captain at home, back in my own country and so close to where I grew up, really is an overwhelming feeling.

"M y husband, Kent, and I are delighted, especially right now at such an exciting time for women's golf.

"This is the tournament that really raised the profile of women's golf throughout the world and it's amazing to see how it has grown over the years.  I think this is the competition that brought the big continents together.   

"I've enjoyed the thrill of playing in seven superb Solheim Cup matches and of course I was very lucky to be a part of the first one at Lake Nona in 1990.

"But really, winning the second match at Dalmahoy was the best feeling. We were beaten so badly in the first one when everything seemed to go wrong from the clothes to the weather, that to turn it around the second time was a very proud moment.  

"As a captain, I aim to have a positive attitude, put some great pairings together and above all else, to have fun.  The girls know what it's all about and they're very competitive; they all want to win just as badly as I do."

Alfredsson was born in Gothenburg , Sweden and now resides in Orlando , Florida , with her husband Kent Nilsson, a former NHL ice hockey player. She has earned 19 victories worldwide in her 16-year career, including one major championship, at the 1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore . She was an obvious contender for the European Captaincy.  

"Helen has all the credentials we were looking for in a Captain," said Karen Lunn, Chairman of The Ladies European Tour and The European Solheim Cup Committee.

"She has been a great supporter of the Ladies European Tour over the years and is a life member. She is also extremely passionate about The Solheim Cup. She has played in seven Solheim Cups and is a great motivator and a team player.

"She was a very popular and successful captain of the PING Junior Solheim Cup Team and was one of the pioneers of women's golf in Sweden . She is also a great communicator and is well respected in golf all over the world."

"We are very pleased with the choice of Helen as Captain of the 2007 Solheim Cup team," said John Solheim , Chairman and CEO of PING.

"She has a long, successful history with the event and has been a tough matchplay competitor. She has a wonderful personality and all the attributes needed to be a successful Solheim Cup Captain and we look forward to working closely with her over the next two years".  

November 24, 2005

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