USA turns to Lewis to Captain Solheim Cup bid in Spain

Stacy Lewis (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

The United States Solheim Cup team has turned to Stacy Lewis to lead the Stars and Stripes into the 2023 contest in Spain where they’ll aim to reclaim the bragging rights over Europe at Finca Cortesin.

The 36-year old two-time Major winner will become the youngest USA Solheim Captain in history as she takes over from Pat Hurst eager to avoid a third straight defeat in the biennial contest. Europe will be Captained by Solheim hero Suzann Pettersen when the greatest team event in women’s golf returns to Europe next year.

Lewis is a bit of a Solheim legend in her own right having won two contests from 2011 to 2017 before working under Juli Inkster at Gleneagles in 2019 and officially serving as a vice captain to Hurst at Toledo last year.

Now Lewis is both excited and honoured to take the leading reigns for herself on away soil in Spain.

“To be named captain for the USA Solheim Cup Team is an incredible honour and I’m beyond grateful to the committee for choosing me,” Lewis said.

“I have so many amazing memories from my years on the team and the two opportunities I’ve had to work alongside the team.

“I absolutely love the Solheim Cup and I want 2023 to be as great an experience for my team as my years wearing Red, White and Blue have been for me. I have learned so much from the past captains on the Solheim Cup committee, and the fact that they chose me to lead this team is one of the proudest moments of my career.

“Juli [Inkster] gave me my first taste of captaincy when she asked me to help her with the singles line-up in Germany in 2015. Being an assistant captain for Pat [Hurst] was honestly the most fun week I’ve had at a Solheim Cup. I’m more than ready to step into this role.”

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