Janice Moodie had a bit of sage advice for European Junior Solheim Cup hopefuls in advance of the Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur.
“My mother used to say, ‘Let your clubs do the talking and the rest will take care of itself,’ and that’s good advice for anyone who wants to get on in this game,” said Moodie, a three-time European Solheim Cup team member who will captain the European juniors in August. “I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all the girls the best of luck this season. I can’t wait to meet my team and getting down to the serious business of winning the trophy back from the Americans.”
The Spanish International Ladies Amateur, to be played Feb. 27-March 3 at Pula Golf Club in Mallorca, Spain, is the first of six qualifying events for the Junior Solheim Cup. Moodie issued a challenge to potential members of Europe’s team, asking them to play hard and set a goal to make the team. The event will be played at the Inverness Golf Club in Englewood, Colo., on Aug. 13-14, the days leading up to the Solheim Cup.
Six players will receive spots on the team based on points earned in the qualifying events. They will be joined by six more captain’s picks.
Moodie’s squad will try to become the first European team to win the event on American soil. The U.S. leads the series 3-2-1, and claimed the last Junior Solheim Cup, in 2011 at Knightsbrook Resort in County Meath, Ireland. Liselotte Neumann captained that European team, and Neumann will this year captain the Solheim Cup team bidding to retain the trophy at Colorado Golf Club in nearby Parker.
Moodie will go up against Kathy Whitworth, who adds a Junior Solheim Cup captaincy to a resume that already includes two Solheim Cup captaincies.
Information from the Ladies European Tour was used in this report.