Carin Koch to captain Europe's Solheim Cup team
Carin Koch will spearhead Europe’s defense of the Solheim Cup in Germany next year, the Ladies’ European Tour announced today. Koch becomes the fifth Swede to captain the European side.
Koch served as vice captain to Lotte Neumann when Europe defeated the United States for the first time on American soil last year. The 43-year-old will attempt to give Europe an unprecedented third consecutive victory when the teams meet at St. Leon Rot Golf Club September 18-20 next year.
The two-time LPGA winner wasted no time in naming Annika Sorenstam as one of her vice captains. Sorenstam was also one of Neumann’s backroom staff last year.
Koch played in four successive Solheim Cup matches between 2000-2005, experiencing victory on two occasions. She compiled an impressive record, earning 11 ½ points with a 10-3-3 win-loss-draw record. Her crowning moment came in Europe’s 2000 victory, when she holed the winning putt at Loch Lomond, Scotland. She also tasted victory on home soil, helping Europe win the 2003 match at Barsebäck Golf & Country Club, Sweden.
“Being vice captain to Lotta (Neumann) in 2013 I once again experienced the thrill of the Solheim Cup matches, which are unlike any other tournament in professional golf,” Koch said. “I cannot wait to stand with the team on the first tee next September to start our quest for the hat-trick of wins against the US team.”
Koch also captained the European Junior Solheim Cup team in 2009.
“Her experience as a player speaks for itself, having won several times around the world,” said John Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “She’s been a standout on four Solheim Cup teams. I’ll always remember her jubilant reaction after making the Cup-clinching putt at Loch Lomond in 2000. It captured the spirit of what the event is all about. She’ll be a tremendous leader as the European team seeks its third straight Solheim Cup victory.”
Koch is a class act, as she proved beyond doubt in 2002. That was the year she was voted sexiest player on the LPGA by Playboy magazine. She was offered a substantial contract to pose naked in the magazine but politely turned the offer down.