It’s early, but we’re anxiously anticipating the 2011 Solheim Cup (Sept. 23-25), which will be held at the breathtaking Killeen Castle in Ireland. Rain, sleet and wind are likely to be there, too, so we wanted to know what team captain Rosie Jones (also known as Ro-Jo) has in store for her fashionable team and how she plans on conquering the storms – and the Europeans.
How does it feel to be the 2011 Solheim Cup captain?
In all my years in this sport I never imagined a bigger and more fulfilling honor. It is currently our Olympics of Golf.
I also never realized how many roles I was going to have to fulfill. I am playing everything from psychologist to fashion consultant.
Speaking of fashion consultant, tell us a bit about how you landed three great brands – Antigua, Imperial Headwear and SunIce.
We were lucky to sign with these brands. They have been supportive and creative. The LPGA worked out the licensing agreement and then handed me the reins. It has been nothing but fun from here on out.
Hopefully I’m not jinxing things, but the odds usually lean toward wind and rain in the land of the Irish. Is this why the LPGA leaned toward using an experienced brand such as SunIce?
SunIce has the durability and quality that our team needed for the tough weather conditions that we may face overseas. They have also paired quality with style. I flew up to SunIce headquarters in Montreal, Canada, with assistant captain Julie Inkster and her 21-year-old daughter, Hayley, and chose everything from colors, fits and styles to the zippers and buttons. We even got to choose under garments such as turtle necks, sweaters and vests. We are more than prepared for whatever weather comes our way!
What are your thoughts on golf and fashion? And how important do you feel that uniforms are in an event such as the Solheim Cup?
In the past 3 or 4 years fashion and golf has really exploded and I think it is important to feel good about how you look because it translates into your play. Uniforms are a very integral part of an event like this because it gives us all a sense of patriotism – it just adds an element of fun and excitement into the game.
Other than the obvious red, white and blue, tell us a little bit about the uniform style, fit, patterns, etc.
Get ready to see bold, bling and some fun plaid choices. But that’s all I am going to tell you.
I’m sure you have your work cut out for you in the styling department based on the current Solheim lineup – you are surrounded by LPGA trendsetters. Are there any players in particular that have been extra needy in the wardrobe department?
Again, I think I am going to stay quiet on that one.
Are we going to see the usual funky accessories such as colored nails, earrings, ribbons and face paint? If so, will Ro-Jo be included in this accessorizing?
With this fashionable group I can almost guarantee you are going to see all the glitz that you’ve seen in the past. However, I think they are going to have to work on me.