The Solheim Cup in Spain — HSBC best moments — Must-click women’s golf links

The IX: Golf Thursday with Addie Parker, March 10, 2022

Happy Golf Thursday! Being able to see the world, experience different cultures, and taking a moment (or a few) to step back from your own life to see a different perspective is a privilege. Something about traveling makes you feel daring. Maybe you’ll try a new food, or introduce yourself to someone that you normally wouldn’t interact with, or find yourself getting lost and not caring. Personally, I’m at my best when I’m traveling. For the second time this year I got my passport stamped, and boy was it an adventure! (Editor’s note: be prepared for some FOMO feelings ahead. I’m going to be thinking about next year’s Solheim Cup all day.)

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One of my best friends from college moved to Madrid after we graduated last year. It was a choice that I was equally envious of and proud of him for. The day he left we had talked about me visiting, but adulthood called. We had jobs and obligations preventing us from finding the time until we just decided to pick a week and do it. So on February 1 I bought a plane ticket and on February 24 I was off. 

I had never been to Europe before this trip and I have to admit, it was difficult leaving. Obviously it was hard leaving after months of being apart from my best friends, but there’s something so charming about Europe. Each day, we woke up when we wanted, we didn’t have a plan for the day, we just let things play out. I could really go on and on about the little adventures we had and the memories forever etched into my heart but you all want a golf story, so I’ll give you just that.

The first three days of our trip were spent in Sevilla (or Seville), a quaint little town in the south of Spain that once was home to a pretty major Muslim population from the 8th century until the 15th century. Sevilla is just two and a half hours away from where the 2023 Solheim Cup will be held in Finca Cortesin.

Me snapping one last picture of Sevilla at 2 in the morning.

It’s safe to say that the urge to return to Spain is through the roof, and to go to a Solheim Cup is killing two birds with one stone. This is what we know so far about the 2023 Cup:

The Course

  • Finca Cortesin Golf Club is a luxury golf, hotel, and spa resort nestled in the Spanish mountains while overlooking the Mediterranean.
  • “Finca” is Spanish for estate. The club is modeled after the Spanish finca style with a farmhouse or cottage-like style.
View from the par 3 10th hole (Photo from Solheim Cup 2023 official website and Finca Cortesin).

The Captains

  • Back in November, Europe announced The two-time major champion Suzann Petterson as captain. She has represented Europe nine times as a player and twice as a vice-captain.
  • More recently, Stacy Lewis was appointed captain of the American team. Lewis is another two-time major winner and four-time vet of team USA. In 2019, Lewis served as an unofficial assistant captain under Juli Inkster after withdrawing from competition due to injury, in 2021 she was an official vice captain under Pat Hurst.

The Players

  • It’s way too soon to begin predicting any kind of line up on both sides. The last two meetings, Team Europe has absolutely dominated and have found a winning recipe. But if the cup were to be played tomorrow, I’m picking USA all day! If Danielle Kang and the Korda Sisters keep on track, they are shoe-ins for making the team and putting up an impressive American roster next year that I think will be difficult to beat.
  • On the other side, I anticipate young star Pauline Roussin-Bouchard to make a run for her spot on Team Europe.

I’m excited to see the leadership of both Stacy and Suzann and the kind of energy that the both of them bring to their teams.

Tickets for next year are already on sale and based on the sites of the course alone, I say it’s well worth it to go and experience the beauty of Spain. My bags are already packed.

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”

–Anthony Bourdain

This week in women’s golf

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Susie Maxwell Berning inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame

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Atthaya Thitikul making early splash on LPGA Tour stage 

Six Thai players to watch at Honda LPGA Thailand, including a world-class rookie

LET News

Velocity Global Impact Award to celebrate inspirational LPGA and LET players 

LET and Asian Tour join forces for two new mixed events sponsored by Trust Golf

Epson Tour News

Kum-Kang Park wins 2022 Floridas Natural Charity Classic

Walker a wonderful follow for 2022 and beyond

Season in session: Brynn Walker 

Race for the Card Week 1 Recap 

Alana Uriell almost goes two for two at Epson season-opener 

Luna Sobron Galmes’ bag fell in a lake, she aced a par 4 

Gina Kim makes pro debut on Epson Tour with balanced perspective


San Jose State holds off Stanford at Juli Inkster Collegiate 

College Performers of the Week powered by Rapsodo: Rachel Heck, Stanford 

College Performers of the Week powered by Rapsodo: Wake Forest women’s golf 

Isabella Fierro is 2nd Oklahoma State player to enter transfer portal

Other News

La Zagaleta, one of the most exclusive clubs in Europe, located in the Malaga town of Benahavís, will host the 2023 PING Junior Solheim Cup 

Tiger Woods: World Golf Hall of Fame ceremony to feature daughter, Sam

Five at The IX: Best shots/moments from the HSBC Women’s World Championship

Last week we had quotes from world no. 1 Jin Young Ko prior to the HSBC Championship. We anticipated her putting up a good fight, and she surely didn’t disappoint. In making her season debut, she snatched up another win, and made history by becoming the first player in tour history having 15 consecutive rounds in the 60s!

But the week was full of amazing moments, let’s look back at a few:

From the first round, we have this amazing from the rough by Angel Yin and the clean up birdie!

This slam dunk bunker shot from Su Oh was insanely impressive.

Another great showing from Danielle Kang in Singapore. She has been in contention in every event this year…she’s a problem.

This approach shot from Brooke Henderson shows off just how well she can dial-in at any moment and create momentum.

The birdie putt to clench the W for Jin Young Ko.

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Written by Addie Parker