Americans to Defend Handa Cup This Weekend
The Legends Tour’s 2015 season will culminate Nov. 12-14, with the 10th staging of the ISPS Handa Cup. Team U.S.A. hopes to defend its title against the World Team at the event, hosted by Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla. The Americans wrestled back the cup in 2014 with a 28-20 victory over an international squad that won the 2013 event for the first time.
“The ISPS Handa Cup event epitomizes the mission to unite communities around the world, in particular, through professional golf,” said Legends Tour CEO Jane Blalock, a 29-time LPGA Tour winner. “Philanthropist Dr. Haruhisa Handa’s ongoing support of The Legends Tour and this event comes from his belief in the power of the sport.”
The team stroke-play event between the United States and the eight-nation World Team will feature players on both sides who have competed in the LPGA’s biennial Solheim Cup, a team match-play event.
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew will make her World Team debut this year at the Handa Cup. Matthew, now 46 and eligible to compete on the Legends Tour for LPGA members age 45-over, has competed for Europe on seven Solheim Cup teams, including the 2015 squad that lost to the Americans by one point.
“It will be like a reunion playing with all of these former competitors and captains of the Solheim Cup,” said Matthew, a four-time LPGA Tour winner. “I’m excited to play in my first ISPS Handa Cup. There is incredible talent on both sides and I expect the matches to be close.”