It doesn’t matter where they’ll be watching from, women’s golf fans take the Solheim Cup seriously and are coming up with awe-inspiring ways to celebrate this year’s competition:
1. They’re Dressed to Impress
Some consider the Solheim Cup to be the Super Bowl of women’s golf, and much like the Super Bowl, golfers go all out to show off their team pride.
We’re talking wigs…
And patriotic manicures.
Yep, not playing by the rules is the number one rule when Solheim Cup week rolls around…
2. They’re Hosting Watch Parties
Fans in the states will have to contend with up to an 8-hour time difference from Scotland, so they’re finding creative ways to come together to enjoy the action at a distance with other fans.
That includes LPGA players like Brittany Lincicome (along with her newborn Emery ) who has planned a #SolheimWatchParty on Twitter to watch and live-tweet during the matches with fans.
Obviously I’m rooting for the USA. But I also just want to see good golf 💗🇺🇸. Especially the early hours of the morning when I’ll be up feeding Emery lol https://t.co/bTM3rlaWvq
— Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) September 10, 2019
The city of Toledo, which will play host to the 2021 Solheim Cup, is even hosting a free watch party for its community to get residents amped up before the torch is passed.
Toledo doesn’t host the @SolheimCupUSA until 2021, but area golf enthusiasts aren’t waiting to get excited about it. Events this week include Sunday’s watch party @TheHeightsTol. @KyleRowland https://t.co/cxPVEtI6QN
— Toledo Sports (@toledosports) September 10, 2019
3. They’re Hosting their Own Versions of the Solheim Cup
Take the competitive spirit, comradery and patriotic garb of the 2019 Solheim Cup teams, shrink it, and then add a hairbow and you have Girls Golf of Miami’s pint-sized Solheim Cup event.
Program Director Stephanie Peareth wanted to give her girls a feel for what makes the Solheim Cup so special, so she organized a 9-hole team competition of her own complete with team captains, matching uniforms and supportive fans (i.e. parents).
The video from the event perfectly captures the fun atmosphere team match-play can create:
4. They’re Making the Trip to Scotland
The Gleneagles golf course will play host to more than 80,000 Solheim Cup fans, and among the galleries will be thousands who’ve traveled overseas to experience both the tournament and southeast Scotland.
Travel groups are embarking on full itineraries which took years of planning and include fine dining, historic tours, and excursions to some of golf’s most famous landmarks.
And for some, what began as a trip to watch the world’s best golfers make history offered up the chance to see Royal history up close:
Yes, Solheim Cup week is a truly magical time to visit Perth.
— Amy Rogers (@TheAmyRogers) September 11, 2019
5. And They’re Getting Romantic
For Jill Mann-Strite, she checked a few items off of her bucket list during her trip to Scotland for the Solheim Cup.
“Going to the home of golf has been a dream since I picked up my first golf club at age 7, and it was even better than I imagined!”
We’d say that’s an understatement
During their round at the historic Old Course at St. Andrews, Jill’s husband surprised her on the 18th hole’s iconic bridge with a 10-year anniversary band. Their caddies and playing partners were all in on the surprise, cheering the love-birds on in front of golfers who captured the romantic moment on video.
“The Old Course is truly the most special soil that has ever been under my feet…or golf shoes :)” Jill shared, but her husband popping the question again made what was already a magical trip even more special.
So, whether you’re a Solheim Cup super-fan whose planned every detail of your watch party down to the patriotic napkin holders, or are still trying to figure out the difference between fourballs and alternate shot, it’s not too late to add to the world-wide celebration of women’s golf.
Plug the broadcast times into your calendar so you don’t miss a shot, and hop on Twitter to join in on Brittany’s #SolheimWatchParty (be sure to use the hashtag).
And if you want the spirit of the Solheim Cup to last longer than the weekend, join me in treating yourself to a red, white and blue mani-pedi