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1990 Solheim Cup

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1990 Solheim Cup Dottie Pepper and Nancy Lopez

Nancy Lopez holds the trophy at the 1990 Solheim Cup while Dottie Pepper (then known as Dottie Mochrie) plants a kiss on it.

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USA 11.5, Europe 4.5:

The 1990 Solheim Cup was the very first one. And the inaugural Solheim Cup was played in near-obscurity: Only a smattering of fans showed up to watch, and media coverage was nearly non-existent. It would have been difficult at the time to imagine the Solheim Cup growing from that humble beginning to the premier event it is today.

Team USA dominated this first match, with every American posting a winning record. Beth Daniel led the way at 3-0-0. Conversely, three members of Team Europe were blanked at 0-3-0. Laura Davies - who hit the first shot in Solheim history - was the only Euro with a winning record.

Each side had eight players, and all team members played in each session: four foursomes on Day 1, four fourballs on Day 2, eight singles on Day 3.

Final Score: U.S. 11.5, Europe 4.5
Site: Lake Nona Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.
Captains: Kathy Whitworth, U.S.; Mickey Walker, Europe

Team Members
• Europe: Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davies, Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, Trish Johnson, Liselotte Neumann, Alison Nicholas, Dale Reid, Pam Wright
• USA: Pat Bradley, Beth Daniel, Cathy Gerring, Rosie Jones, Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, Dottie Pepper, Patty Sheehan

Day 1 Results:

Foursomes
• Laura Davies/Alison Nicholas, Europe, def. Pat Bradley/Nancy Lopez, U.S., 2 and 1
• Cathy Gerring/Dottie (Pepper) Mochrie, U.S., def. Pamela Wright/Liselotte Neumann, Europe, 6 and 5
• Patty Sheehan/Rosie Jones, U.S., def. Dale Reid/Helen Alfredsson, Europe, 6 and 5
• Beth Daniel/Betsy King, U.S., def. Trish Johnson/Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, Europe, 5 and 4

Day 2 Results:

Fourballs
• Beth Daniel/Betsy King, U.S., def. Laura Davies/Alison Nicholas, Europe, 4 and 3
• Liselotte Neumann/Pam Wright, Europe, def. Cathy Gerring/Dottie (Pepper) Mochrie, U.S., 4 and 2
• Patty Sheehan/Rosie Jones, U.S., def. Trish Johnson/Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, Europe, 2 and 1
• Pat Bradley/Nancy Lopez, U.S., def. Dale Reid/Helen Alfredsson, Europe, 2 and 1

Day 3 Results:

Singles
Pat Bradley, U.S., def. Trish Johnson, Europe 8 and 7
Beth Daniel, U.S., def. Liselotte Neumann, Europe, 7 and 6
Nancy Lopez, U.S., def. Alison Nicholas, Europe, 6 and 4
Cathy Gerring, U.S., def. Helen Alfredsson, Europe, 4 and 3
Dottie (Pepper) Mochrie, U.S., def. Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, Europe, 4 and 2
Laura Davies, Europe, def. Rosie Jones, U.S., 3 and 2
Dale Reid, Europe, def. Patty Sheehan, U.S., 2 and 1
Betsy King, U.S., halved with Pam Wright, Europe

Player Records

USA
Beth Daniel, 3-0-0
Betsy King, 2-0-1
Pat Bradley, 2-1-0
Cathy Gerring, 2-1-0
Rosie Jones, 2-1-0
Nancy Lopez, 2-1-0
Dottie Pepper, 2-1-0
Patty Sheehan, 2-1-0

Europe
Laura Davies, 2-1-0
Pamela Wright, 1-1-1
Liselotte Neumann, 1-2-0
Alison Nicholas, 1-2-0
Dale Reid, 1-2-0
Helen Alfredsson, 0-3-0
Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, 0-3-0
Trish Johnson, 0-3-0

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Solheim Cup Index

Sources: LPGA, Ladies European Tour

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