Hull to become youngest player in Solheim Cup history

Charley Hull
Charley Hull

Kettering golfer Charley Hull has been selected to make her Solheim Cup debut.

The competition, the women’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup, takes place between August 16-18 at the Colorado Club in America.

European Solheim Cup captain Liselotte Neumann revealed her team following the RICOH Women’s British Open.

Neumann named Caroline Hedwall (Sweden), Jodi Ewart-Shadoff (England), Giulia Sergas (Italy) and Hull (England) as her four wildcard picks.

They will join Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Catriona Matthew (Scotland), Caroline Masson (Germany), Beatriz Recari (Spain), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Karine Icher (France) and Azahara Munoz (Spain) in defending The Solheim Cup, when Europe attempt to win for the first time in the United States.

Hull, a rookie in her first year as a professional on the Ladies European Tour, recorded five straight runner-up finishes at the start of the season and becomes the youngest player in Solheim Cup history, aged 17 years, four months and 15 days.

Sergas will also make her Solheim Cup debut. She has four top 10 finishes on the LPGA and one top ten on the LET so far this season, including a tie for seventh at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and a tie for fourth at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.

Ewart-Shadoff completes the four captain’s picks. She turned professional in 2010 and played on the Symetra Tour - The Road to the LPGA in 2010 and 2011 before winning LET Final Qualifying School for 2012. This year on the LPGA, she has posted three top ten finishes, including a tie for fourth at the US Women’s Open and tied seventh at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, both major championships.