Angela Stanford, a Fort Worth resident and five-time winner on the LPGA Tour, will be part of her fifth U.S. Solheim Cup team when matches begin Friday at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo.
Stanford, a former TCU and Saginaw Boswell standout, has helped the U.S. claim two cups during her professional career (2009, 2007). She considers the biennial team competition a career highlight and a potential springboard to her first major championship.
“I grew up playing team sports. I like when people work together for one goal,” said Stanford, who played basketball and golf at Boswell High School. “When I win a tournament, it’s just me and my caddie. But when you win as a team, playing for your country, it means so much more.
“I’ve won a couple of Solheim Cups. So winning a major would be big now, because I haven’t done it yet. But I think if I could look back some day and say we won four Solheim Cups, you’ve got to feel pretty good with that. The older I get, the more I try to appreciate what I’ve done instead of beat myself up about what I haven’t done. I think that approach may help me win a major.”
Stanford, 35, will have one more opportunity to capture a major title this season, at The Evian Championship (Sept. 12-15). But this will be her lone shot at bringing the Solheim Cup back to the U.S. after watching the European team claim the title in 2011.
Stanford will be joined on the U.S. team by Gerina Piller, a Plano resident and Solheim Cup rookie who also works with swing instructor Mike Wright, the head golf professional at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth. That makes Wright the swing coach for two of the 12 players on the U.S. team.
Stanford, who ranks 16th in the women’s world golf rankings and has a career mark of 3-7-3 in Solheim Cup matches, reflected recently on Wright’s influence, the team assembled by U.S. captain Meg Mallon and other issues heading into Friday’s opening matches: