Mallon adds Diaz as U.S. Solheim Cup assistant
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U.S. Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon announced Laura Diaz as her second assistant captain Wednesday at the RR Donnelly Founders Cup. Diaz will join Dottie Pepper as part of Mallon’s team when the U.S. tries to reclaim the cup at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., on Aug. 13-18.
Diaz has been a member of the LPGA tour since 1999. She has won twice, at the Welch’s/Circle K Championship and the LPGA Corning Classic, and competed in four Solheim Cups (2002, ‘03, ‘05, and ‘07). She has a 6-6-1 Solheim Cup record.
“It is the biggest honor of my career thus far, partially because of what the job entails, but more so because a former teammate of mine had the freedom to choose anyone she wanted, and she chose me,” Diaz said. “The respect that I have for Meg as a player and a person is the reason I feel so honored.”
Diaz said she plans to play a full 2013 schedule and hopes to qualify for the U.S. Team, which would be fine with Mallon.
“Laura has also proven that she still has game and is capable of having a big year on Tour this season,” Mallon said. “If the opportunity arises, I believe she could handle being a playing assistant.”
Diaz is one of six LPGA player directors on the LPGA Board of Directors. She serves as vice president. She is the 10th different assistant captain in U.S. team history.
“One of the main things I can bring to this year’s team as assistant captain is my experience on three victorious U.S. Teams and one that was nearly victorious,” Diaz said. “Also, I know all the players very well, and I’m out there competing against them on a regular basis. I can be Meg’s eyes and ears and really know what’s going on.
“Because the girls know me and see me between the ropes, I hope they feel comfortable communicating with me on a weekly basis.”