While the main focus at Somerby Golf Club this week is the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, there is another tournament in the back of some participants’ minds. With legendary LPGA player Meg Mallon making her way around the course, thoughts turn to the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
Mallon isn’t just another spectator, she is the U.S. Captain of the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup and is on site at Somerby to scout players for September’s match play showdown in Ireland.
Held biennially in conjunction with the Solheim Cup, the PING Junior Solheim Cup pits the top U.S. girls against their European counterparts. Now in its sixth running, the Cup has been won by the home team each time, and Mallon is set on breaking that tradition.
“Some of my favorite professional golf memories come from the Solheim Cup,” Mallon said. “Golf is such an individual sport that it’s special to play on a team and play for your country.”
Given her experience with the Solheim Cup, she is the woman for the job. Mallon has competed in seven Solheim Cups, and was the assistant captain for the U.S. team in 2009. She will now bring that experience to the junior version of the event, hoping to make an impact on her team.
As tournament rounds get underway at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, there will be more on the line than just the tournament title. After all, Meg Mallon isn’t your ordinary spectator.