DURHAM, N.C. - Two-time Duke University All-America Brittany Lang is set to represent the United States this weekend in the 2011 Solheim Cup, which is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET).
The U.S. Team leads the competition, 8-3, having won the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms, just outside of Chicago. In 2011, the Americans will be looking to defend their win and extend their winning streak to four consecutive victories. Lang will be competing for the U.S., for the second straight event.
In 2011, the competition will take place at the Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Co. Meath, Ireland.
The competition will take place from Sept. 23-25.
Lang, who is out of McKinney, Texas, came on strong at the end of the LPGA season with a runner-up finish at the Ricoh Women’s British and a sixth at the Safeway Classic. She is tied for 10th in Driving Distance (261.7). Lang currently ranks 19th on the LPGA money list with $489,920.00 earnings this season.
The Solheim Cup will be a three-day match play competition -- the first two days feature four matches of foursome and four matches of fourball on each day, with the final day being 12 singles matches. In foursomes, two players from the U.S. play against two players from Europe, with each team playing only one ball (alternate shot). Fourball competition is also made up of two-player teams from each side, but each player plays her own ball throughout the match, with only the lowest score pre team recorded on each hole. In singles, two players compete head to head. In all three formats, the lowest score wins each hole.
In her two years at Duke, Lang registered six victories and two of the top stroke averages in school history -- 71.67 as a freshman and 72.41 as a sophomore. Her round of 64 in the NCAA Fall Preview as a sophomore ranks as the third-lowest score in school history. Lang’s 10 top-10 finishes in only two years ranks tied for 15th at Duke. Prior to turning professional in 2005, Lang was the runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Open.
Scoring is based on a points system with 28 total points available over three days of competition. One point is awarded for each match won, and half a point is given to each team for matches that end in a tie. The defending champion needs 14 points to retain the Cup, while the other team would require 14-1/2 points to win the event.