Win or lose, the U.S. Solheim Cup workforce will at the very least know why it’s competing. The People’ captain, Stacy Lewis, has put reminders all over the place.
On their hats are 10 stars for the ten previous U.S. Solheim Cup victories.
On their yardage guide covers are the areas the place People gained these Cups.
On their golf luggage are extra stars – 13 on one pocket for the 13 previous captains, and 62 on one other for the 62 People who’ve beforehand represented their nation within the biennial workforce occasion.
“The theme is I would like these ladies to know what they’re taking part in for and what they’re changing into part of,” Lewis, who competed in 4 Solheim Cups as a participant, mentioned Wednesday at Finca Cortesin, web site of this week’s Solheim Cup in Spain. “So, there’s a number of issues happening.”
However wait, there’s extra.
On the again of their hats is the quantity “88.” That’s in honor of the late Kathy Whitworth, who gained an LPGA-record 88 instances and captained the victorious U.S. squad on the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990. Whitworth died Dec. 24, 2022, on the age of 83.
And on the underside of their golf luggage is maybe essentially the most distinctive tribute, a yellow duck. That’s in reminiscence of Shirley Spork, who handed April 12, 2022, at 94 years outdated. As Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols explains, “Spork typically seemed for geese when she performed to her take her thoughts off competitors. The technique helped hold her relaxed.”
“I wished these ladies to know the way particular of a bunch they’re coming into,” Lewis continued. “So, they know what you’re taking part in for. If you happen to don’t know what you’re taking part in for, you don’t know concerning the historical past. We misplaced Kathy and Shirley since we have been collectively in Toledo [at the 2021 Solheim Cup, won by Europe], so I wished them to be part of this week ultimately. … They’re with us this week.”