ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – For the third time in her career, former Duke two-time All-America Brittany Lang was named one of 12 members of the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team on Sunday following the completion of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
The 13th edition of The Solheim Cup will be played August 16-18, 2013 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado. The U.S. Team seeks to keep their undefeated record on home soil intact when the biennial match-play competition. Meg Mallon will be the captain for the U.S.
A native of McKinney, Texas, Lang was one of eight automatic qualifiers for the team based on the final U.S. Solheim Cup standings, which began at the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open. Other automatic qualifiers include Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda. The two highest ranked players not in the top-eight spots on the points list who qualified via the Rolex Rankings were No. 19 Lizette Salas and No. 41 Morgan Pressel.
Lang was the 2004 National Rookie of the Year and a 2004 and 2005 first team All-America at Duke under head coach Dan Brooks. She won six tournaments in only two years for the Blue Devils.
Qualifying points for the U.S. Team are awarded weekly to the top-20 finishers and ties at official LPGA tournaments. Points are doubled at the four major championships every year. Points during a Solheim Cup year are weighted with 60 points for a win, 30 for second, 28.5 for third, 27 for fourth, 25.5 for fifth, 24 for sixth, 22.5 for seventh, 21 for eighth, 19.5 for ninth, 18 for 10th, 16.5 for 11th, 15 for 12th, 13.5 for 13th, 12 for 14th, 10.5 for 15th, 9 for 16th, 7.5 for 17th, 6 for 18th, 4.5 for 19th and 3 for 20th.
The European Solheim Cup Team, led by Captain Liselotte Neumann, was also announced at St. Andrews on Sunday. Based on the final European Solheim Cup standings, the top-four players who automatically qualified for the team are: Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Catriona Matthew (Scotland) and Caroline Masson (Germany). Based on the Rolex Rankings, the four highest-ranked players not in the top-four spots on the points list who qualified are: No. 20 Beatriz Recari (Spain), No. 22 Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), No. 24 Karine Icher (France) and No. 27 Azahara Munoz (Spain). Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England), Caroline Hedwall (Sweden), Giulia Sergas (Italy), and Charley Hull (England) – who will be the youngest competitor in Solheim Cup history at 17 – round out the European Team as captain’s picks.