|From left: John A. Solheim, Chairman and CEO of PING, Laura Davies and Ivan Khodabahksh, CEO of the Ladies European Tour
Laura Davies was presented with a gold-plated PING putter on the first tee at Colorado Golf Club by John A. Solheim, Chairman and CEO of PING, the founding sponsor of The Solheim Cup.
Davies is the only player from either the European or United States team to have made 12 consecutive appearances in The Solheim Cup, from 1990-2011. She is also the record points’ scorer with 25 from 12 contests.
“There have been some phenomenal rounds by Laura and the thing is, although she’s not playing this time, my guess is I could have to make another putter for her 13th appearance!” said Solheim.
Davies was a member of the first European team at Lake Nona in 1990 and made her 12th Cup appearance as a member of the victorious team at Killeen Castle in Ireland in 2011.
She admitted that she hopes to qualify for a 13th appearance when The 2015 Solheim Cup takes place at St. Leon-Rot in Germany.
“I love playing golf in Germany and The 2015 Solheim Cup is over there so I’ve got two years to qualify,” she said. “I’m not going to get a pick, that’s obvious, so I need to have two good years and get in the team. You can see fun they are all having: they really are enjoying it and I know what happens in the team room and buses and I miss it.
“I’d like to thank John and the entire Solheim family because you are the ones that had the vision in 1990, or even before that, in the late 80s to give us the chance to show how good we all are and to give us our version of the Ryder Cup. It very quickly became as good as the Ryder Cup and so exciting. Every single player is playing so well this week. I’m in the commentary booth and it’s unbelievable golf.
“All of the players that have played throughout the years and captains who have played over the years love coming back because it’s a fun, family event, so thank you very much for that and obviously this wonderful putter.”
Shortly before the presentation, the affection of the golfing public was clear to see as both US and European fans on the first tee joined together in chanting “Thank you, Laura! Thank you, Laura!” and finished with a spontaneous chorus of “We love you Laura, we do!”