Mallon is named US Solheim Cup skipper

sOLHEIM CUP: Meg Mallon is to succeed Rosie Jones as America’s captain.

The 48-year-old, a member of eight previous US teams, will be in charge when Europe defend the trophy in Colorado on 16-18 August next year. She was an assistant to Beth Daniel in 2009 as the United States triumphed at Rich Harvest Farms near Chicago.

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“It’s an absolute honour,” Mallon said. “It definitely caps off my career and I look forward to working hard on getting the cup back in US hands.”

Mallon’s boasts a 13-9-7 overall record in her eight appearances with 16½ points scored and a 5-2-1 record in singles. She has been a part of six US victories including 2009, when she served as one of Beth Daniel’s assistant captains alongside Kelly Robbins. Her 16½ points are second in US history behind Juli Inkster.