ROCHESTER, NEW YORK |
When her own
father turned 50 many years ago, Juli
Inkster recalled that she thought her dad
was old, as in really old. And so, as she
approached her own half-century Big
Birthday this past Thursday, the veteran
of 28 years on the LPGA Tour recently
asked her two teenage daughters if they
thought the same about their mother.
Her only concession to her age these
days is her steadfast insistence that even
if she qualifies on points, she will not
compete in the Solheim Cup matches this
fall. She’s already been picked as an
assistant captain to Rosie Jones, and
surely will captain the American team
sooner than later. But even if Jones
wanted her as a wild card, she won’t play.
“Why? Because I’ve done it,” she said.
“I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve had great memories.
But I feel it’s time the younger players
get out there and get the experience and
learn it. I’m perfectly satisfied where I
am. I don’t need to play the Solheim Cup
to validate my career.” l
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