Former Trojan Nicole Castrale Named To U.S. Solheim Cup Team

Aug. 28, 2007

Former USC All-Pac-10 golfer Nicole Castrale was among 12 Americans named to the 2007 U.S. Solheim Cup Team and was among two players chosen specifically by U.S. team captain Betsy King on Sunday.

Castrale and Laura Diaz completed the 12-person team as King's two captain's picks. The Solheim Cup, Sept. 14-16 at Halmstad Golf Club in Halmstad, Sweden, features the 12 best U.S.-born players from the LPGA and the 12 best European-born players from the Ladies European Tour (LET).

Based on the top-10 rankings in the U.S. Solheim Cup points standings at the conclusion of the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi, the 10 players who automatically qualified for the U.S. squad, listed in alphabetical order with ranking in parenthesis, are Paula Creamer (1), Natalie Gulbis (7), Pat Hurst (6), Juli Inkster (4), Cristie Kerr (2), Brittany Lincicome (8), Stacy Prammanasudh (5), Morgan Pressel (3), Angela Stanford (9) and Sherri Steinhauer (10). Castrale, who finished 11th in the points standings, and Diaz, who finished 14th, round out the U.S. Team.

Castrale, who is in her fourth year on the LPGA Tour and won her first career LPGA title this year, is among four 'rookies' on the team.

Qualifying points for the U.S. Team are awarded weekly to the top-20 finishers and ties at official LPGA tournaments. Points are doubled at the four major championships every year. Points during a Solheim Cup year are weighted with 60 points for a win, 30 for second, 28.5 for third, 27 for fourth, 25.5 for fifth, 24 for sixth, 22.5 for seventh, 21 for eighth, 19.5 for ninth, 18 for 10th, 16.5 for 11th, 15 for 12th, 13.5 for 13th, 12 for 14th, 10.5 for 15th, 9 for 16th, 7.5 for 17th, 6 for 18th, 4.5 for 19th and 3 for 20th.

The Solheim Cup will be televised by The Golf Channel in the United States. The Golf Channel will televise at least 26 hours of live golf during this year's Solheim Cup beginning Friday, Sept. 14 at 2 a.m. EST.

The Golf Channel will also show the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and a daily post game show. In addition, The Golf Channel will re-air in primetime four hours of the most compelling portions from each day's competition.

2007 U.S. Solheim Cup Team
Captain: Betsy King
Assistant captain: Beth Daniel

Automatic qualifiers Final points
1. Paula Creamer 741.00
2. Cristie Kerr 713.50
3. Morgan Pressel 532.50
4. Juli Inkster 512.00
5. Stacy Prammanasudh 483.50
6. Pat Hurst 449.00
7. Natalie Gulbis 412.50
8. Brittany Lincicome 396.50
9. Angela Stanford 372.00
10. Sherri Steinhauer 324.50

Captain's picks
Nicole Castrale 277.00
Laura Diaz 240.00

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