Aug. 5, 2013
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
Maybe it wasn't as dramatic or as nerve-racking as knocking down a 30-foot putt in sudden death. Still, Jodi Ewart Shadoff had a great deal of her fans back in New Mexico sitting on pins and needles waiting to see if the ex-Lobo would make the 2013 Solheim Cup team.
The English star made it - on the European side!
"All of us were waiting around to hear, including her in-laws, some alums and our team," said Jill Trujillo, the University of New Mexico women's golf coach. "There was some uncertainty. They (golf experts) alluded to the fact that she would be picked, but you never know.
"I finally got the news from one of our alums, who got a text or maybe saw it on twitter. It was so exciting. I'm going to have a Solheim Cupper! I don't believe this has ever happened to Lobo golf on the men's side (Ryder Cup) or the women's side."
Ewart Shadoff made it exciting because the final qualifying event for the Solheim Cup for both the American and European teams was the 2013 Women's British Open. Ewart Shadoff shot a 76-73 and missed the cut which put her in a situation where she had to become a captain's pick to join the squad.
European captain Liselotte Neumann used her four captain picks to select Ewart Shadoff, Caroline Hedwall (Sweden), Giulia Sergas (Italy) and Charley Hull (England). All four of those European stars missed the Open cut.
The European squad also features Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Carlota Ciganda of Spain, Catriona Matthew of Scotland, Caroline Masson of Germany, Karine Icher of France, Azahara Munoz of Spain, Beatriz Recari of Spain and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden.
"Everybody in Europe and the U.S., that's their ultimate goal as a kid to be on this team," said Ewart Shadoff on LPGA.com.
New Mexico also is represented on the U.S. Solheim Cup by Gerina Piller, who joined Michelle Wie as one of two captain picks for the American team. Piller is from Roswell, N.M., and played college ball at UTEP.
"This is a huge deal for New Mexico," said Trujillo. "As far as women's golf goes, New Mexico should be proud of our golfers. We have two golfers from New Mexico playing in the Solheim Cup. That's pretty special."
The U.S. team also has Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lang, Lizette Salas, and Morgan Pressel.
Lewis finished with back-to-back birdies to grab the 2013 British Open title. Her two-shot win at St. Andrews was her second LPGA major title and ended a streak of 10 majors won by players from Asia.
The Solheim Cup is the women's version of the men's Ryder Cup. The U.S. and Europe will battle Aug. 16-18 at the Colorado Golf Club in the Denver area. The Europeans won two years ago in Ireland, but the U.S. has an 8-4 lead. The European team will be looking for its first win in the U.S. and its first ever back-to-back wins.
Trujillo says she plans to attend the 2013 Solheim Cup to support her ex-Lobo, but also to support the U.S. team.
"It's stars and stripes all the way, however, we'll have to cheer on our English connection," said Trujillo.
"Jodi and I talked during her senior year about her making the Solheim team and this was one of her dreams. Three years later and there she is. I really get emotional about it thinking about one of my student-athletes fulfilling her dream.
"It's a proud moment for all of us."