NCGA Hall of Famer Pat Hurst Tabbed Solheim Cup Captain
January 9, 2020
NCGA Hall of Famer Pat Hurst was selected captain of the U.S. team for the 2021 Solheim Cup on Thursday.
The now 50-year-old Hurst, who was inducted in 2018, was an assistant to fellow Hall of Famer Juli Inkster for the matches against Europe in 2015, 2017 and 2019. She played in the competition five times during a 20-year career on the LPGA Tour.
During a four-year span from 1987 to 1991, Pat, playing at San Jose State, twice earned First Team All-American honors and helped the Spartans win an NCAA title. She’d also win the individual title. Hurst later was elected to the San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame. Outside of school, she’d earn medalist honors at the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur medalist, won her second USGA crown at the 1990 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and was named to the 1990 U.S. World Amateur Team. Hurst’s pro career includes six LPGA Tour victories, including one major: 1997 Oldsmobile Classic, 1998 Nabisco Dinah Shore, 2000 Electrolux USA Championship, 2005 State Farm Classic, 2006 Safeway Classic and 2009 MasterCard Classic.
Hurst said Inkster was the first person she called after LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan told her she was captain.
“We’re two different people but we’re also great friends who love and respect each other,” Hurst said. “I want to bring the best of what Juli brought and do it with my own personality.”
The 2021 match will be held at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, where the Americans will look to regain the cup from Europe after losing at Gleneagles, Scotland, in September.