Sept. 26, 2011
Karen Stupples, an All-American during her career as a member of the Florida State women’s golf team, helped Europe defeat the United States to win the 2011 Solheim Cup at the Kileen Castle Golf Club in Ireland on Sept. 25, 2011. The Europeans endured rains delays and threats of lightning to win the cup by a 15-13 margin over the Americans. The Europeans overtook the United States side during the final three matches including a win by Stupples following the unfortunate withdrawal of American Cristie Kerr before the start of the final match of the competition.
Stupples was set to tee off in the final match of the event against Kerr and would have likely played for the decisive point in the competition. She did, though, earn a point in the final round for the victorious Europeans.
The Europeans won the event as the won the completion on the final day by the slimmest of margins, 7-5. The countries began the final day of the three day event tied at 8-8.
Stupples’ participation in the Solheim Cup marked the second time during her illustrious career that she has represented Europe in the biennial event. The event has established itself as the premier match play competition in women’s professional golf since it began in 1990. The event has now been played 13 times with the United States holding an 8-5 advantage. The Solheim Cup will be contested in 2013 in at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo.