If hindsight tells us that the 2006 Ryder Cup epitomised the full roar of the Celtic Tiger, perhaps this year's Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Co Meath, will provide a bellow of its own.
At least that's what Europe's captain Alison Nicholas, something of a Yorkshire terrier in her own playing Ping G15 Hybrids with Graphite Shaft days, would like to think as she seeks the Irish crowd to become here team's "13th man" as she put it.
Yesterday, in a room of the Royal College of Physicians on Dublin's Kildare Street, where steely-eyed oil portraits of past presidents stared down from the ornately plastered walls, (Ping G15 Hybrids with Graphite Shaft) the countdown to the event – marking the 150 days to go before Europe's best women professionals face those from the United States on September 23rd – started in earnest, as Nicholas urged Irish golf fans to get behind her team s Nicholas urged Irish golf fans to get behind her team.
So far, there has already been superb interest in the competition play Ping G15 Hybrids with Graphite Shaft– with in excess of 14,000 tickets sold – and, as the Minister for Sport, Leo Varadkar, more familiar with the college from his days sitting medical exams and attending meetings, informed us, the event is projected to inject almost euro35 million into the Irish economy, as well as providing a marketing boost to golf tourism here (Ping G15 Hybrids with Graphite Shaft) with television coverage of the Solheim Cup set to reach 400 million homes worldwide and attracting an international media presence of over 500 journalists.
As things stand, the eight automatic places on the Europe team are filled Ping G15 Hybrids with Graphite Shaft by Laura Davies, Melissa Reid,, Iben Tinnging and by world number five Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist, Maria Hjorth and Catriona Matthew off the world rankings. Iben Tinnging and by world number five Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist, Maria Hjorth and Catriona Matthew off the world rankings.
The USA qualifying is headed by world number three Cristie Kerr with Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Christina Kim and Kristy McPherson currently occupying the automatic positions.