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Karsten Solheim

The ladies' equivalent of the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup was first played in 1990, the brainchild of Karsten Solheim, the Norwegian-American inventor of the Ping brand of putter and golf clubs.
Although the format has varied, it is now identical to the Ryder Cup and, since 2003, has been played biennially in odd numbered years, against the even years of the mens' equivalent.

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Solheim Cup records
Team and individual wins, winning margins, oldest and youngest, and more.

Match score 1990 to 2013: USA 8 - Europe 5
Captain Captain
August 18-20
Des Moines G&CC, Iowa
Juli Inkster
Annika Sörenstam

Sept 18-20
St. Leon-Rot, Germany

Juli Inkster

Carin Koch

Aug 16-18

Colorado GC,
Parker, CO

Meg Mallon
Liselotte Neumann

Sept 23-25

Killeen Castle,
Co. Meath, Ireland

Rosie Jones
Alison Nicholas


Rich Harvest Farms,
Sugar Grove, IL

Beth Daniel
Alison Nicholas


Halmstad GK,
Halmstad, Sweden

Betsy King
Helen Alfredsson


Crooked Stick GC,
Carmel. IN

Nancy Lopez
Catrin Nilsmark


Barsebäck G&GC,
Skåne, Sweden

Patty Sheehan
Catrin Nilsmark


Interlachen CC,
Edina, MN

Patty Sheehan
Dale Reid


Loch Lomond GC,
Luss, Scotland

Pat Bradley
Dale Reid


Muirfield Village,
Dublin, OH

Judy Rankin
Pia Nilsson


St Pierre G&CC,
Chepstow, Wales

17 - 11
Judy Rankin
Mickey Walker


The Greenbrier,
White Sulphur Springs, VA

13 - 7
JoAnne Carner
Mickey Walker


Dalmahoy CC,
Edinburgh, Scotland

11½ - 6½
Kathy Whitworth **
Mickey Walker
** Due to a family emergency, Kathy Whitworth left the competition prior to the start of play. LPGA Tour President Alice Miller served as team captain in her absence.


Lake Nona G&CC,
Orlando, FL

11½ - 4½
Kathy Whitworth Mickey Walker
Changes in match format
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Total points
2002 - Present
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
12 18-hole singles
28 points
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole foursomes
6 18-hole fourballs
12 18-hole singles
26 points
1996 - 98
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
12 18-hole singles
28 points
5 18-hole foursomes
5 18-hole fourballs
10 18-hole singles
20 points
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
10 18-hole singles
18 points
4 18-hole foursomes
4 18-hole fourballs
8 18-hole singles
16 points

Solheim Records

Largest margin of victory in ind. matches
Most Solheim Cup Events played (of 13)
Most matches won
Margin of victory in Overall competition
Most matches played (of 58)
Most points earned
Team win/loss record
Most points scored in foursomes competition
Most foursomes matches played (of 23)
Most four-ball matches played (of 22)
Most points scored in singles competition
Most points scored in four-ball competition
Most holes won by foursomes team
Most holes won by an individual in four-ball competition
Most holes won by a team in four-ball competition
Most holes won by an individual in singles competition
Largest Point differential (by session)
Largest Lead
Matches ending in halves
Players to go undefeated in singles competition (20)
Most points won
Fewest points won
Most birdies
Low 9-hole scores Low 18-hole scores
Youngest/oldest US teams (average ages)
Youngest/oldest European teams (average ages)
Youngest competitors
Oldest competitors
PING Junior Solheim Cup

The PING Junior Solheim Cup 2015 is to be played at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club on September 14-15 immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, which is staged at the same German golf club on September 18-20. It is the first time the same venue has been used for both matches.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup is a team match play competition between Europe and the United States, each team featuring the best 12 female golfers 18 years of age and younger.

The competition consist of 24 matches – six foursome matches, six fourball matches and 12 single matches.

The aim of the competition is to give juniors the opportunity to further their golfing careers by playing matchplay at a high level and also for the competitors to meet, learn and be inspired by the professional players playing in The Solheim Cup.

The 2015 event marks the eighth time the PING Junior Solheim Cup team will be contested with the US Team currently leading the series 4-2-1.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup was established by PING CEO and Chairman, John Solheim, back in 2002 and since has developed a deserved reputation for showcasing the talents of the world’s best female junior players with Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda, Beatriz Recari, Melissa Reid, Charley Hull, Caroline Masson, Caroline Hedwall, Paula Creamer, Vicky Hurst, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Jessica Korda, and Lexi Thompson all playing in the match before graduating to The Solheim Cup

PING Junior Solheim Cup Results
Captain Captain

Sept 14-15
St. Leon-Rot, Germany

JoAnne Carner

Iben Tinning DEN

Aug 13-18

Inverness GC, CO

14½ - 9½
Kathy Whitworth Janice Moodie SCO


Knightsbrook GR,

12 - 12*
Meg Mallon Liselotte Neumann SWE
* In the event of a tie, the rules state that the cup is retained by the team who held it before the contest.


Aurora CC, IL

15½ - 8½
Nancy Lopez Carin Koch SWE


Bastad GC, SWE

14 - 10
Donna Andrews Catrin Nilsmark SWE


The Bridgewater Club, IN

16 - 8
Colleen Walker Charlotta Sörenstam SWE


Bokskogens GC, SWE

12½ - 11½
Val Skinner Helen Alfredsson SWE


Oak Ridge CC, MN

17 - 7
Sherri Steinhauer Marta Figueras-Dotti SPA

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