Sept. 21, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Karen Stupples, who earned All-American honors in 1995 as a member of the Florida State women’s golf team, has been named to the European team for the upcoming Solheim Cup as she was chosen with one of team captain Alison Nicholas’ four wild card spots for the event. Stupples’ addition to the team completed the 12-women squad for the competition against the United States in Killeen Castle in Ireland. The competition will take place Sept. 23-25, 2011.
The Solheim Cup is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born golfers from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET). The United States leads the competition, 8-3, and has never lost The Solheim Cup on home soil. In 2009, the American golfers kept their untarnished home record intact at Rich Harvest Farms with a 16 to 12 final score against the European golfers.
The United States has won eight of the 11 competitions since the inaugural event in 1990, including the last three events. The Europeans most recently won the event in Sweden in 2003.
As a Seminole, Stupples won two events: the spring 1994 Spalding/Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational and the spring 1995 Lady Gator. She earned All-American Second Team Honors in 1995 and All-ACC honors in 1994.
In 2004, she won the Welch’s/Fry Championship, where she recorded a career-low 63 during both the first and last rounds to set an LPGA record for the lowest four-day score at 258 (-22). She has won her first major – the Weetabix Women’s British Open in 2004 – where she became only the second player in LPGA history to record a double eagle in an LPGA major championship. She began the final round of the event with an eagle and a double eagle on the first two holes.
Killeen Castle was designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus whose grandson, Nick O’Leary, is a freshman tight end member of the Florida State football team.