The Solheim Cup begins Friday in Parker, Colo., with a new look.
The Ryder Cup-like biennial competition between American and European pro women golfers will be missing England’s Laura Davies for the first time — the competition was founded in 1990 — and Juli Inkster of the U.S for the first time since 1996.
“This is great because you’re seeing the present and the future of the Solheim Cup,” U.S. captain Meg Mallon said Thursday.
Europe has six rookies, including 17-year-old Charley Hull of England. The U.S. team includes two players older than one of Inkster’s daughters — 18-year-old Lexi Thompson and 20-year-old Jessica Korda.
“I think that these youngsters have enough to bring to the table even for us to kind of sharpen up our game and push each other,” said Suzann Pettersen, the 32-year-old Norwegian.
Europe is the defending champion after its 15-13 victory in 2011 in Ireland.
TIE AT PGA TOUR STOP
Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher each shot 6-under 64 to share the first-round lead in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
Eight players, including defending champion Sergio Garcia, shot 65.
Stroud had eight birdies at the Donald Ross-designed Sedgefield Country Club.
PUTNAM RIDES HIGH
University Place’s Michael Putnam, who will be promoted to the PGA Tour the next time he wins this season on the Web.com Tour, is co-leader with a 6-under 65 after the first round of the News-Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn.
US AM MEDALIST ALIVE
Qualifying medalists Neil Raymond and Brady Watt each won two matches Thursday to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Raymond is trying to become the first English winner since 1911.
FIFE GIRL WINS
Fife High School’s Kendall Gray, a two-time Class 2A state runner-up, finished second to nobody Thursday at the Pacific Northwest Junior Girls Championship in Post Falls, Idaho.
Gray never trail in closing out Goldendale’s Bree Wanderscheid, 2 and 1, at The Links Golf Club.
Friday’s boys final will feature Seattle’s Frank Garber, champion of the AJGA Ryan Moore Championship at RMG Club at Oakbrook, and defending champion Kevin Vigna, of Coquitlam, B.C, in Victoria, B.C.