With just under a year to go until The 2013 Solheim Cup at Colorado Golf Club, it’s time to get to know our European Captain, Liselotte Neumann, a little better.

Solheim Cup 2013

Born and raised in Sweden, Liselotte  or “Lotta” went on to forge a stellar career encompassing 26 wins and inspiring a generation of young Swedish players to follow in her footsteps. We asked Lotta a few questions on how she got into golf, her greatest achievements and memories of The Solheim Cup.

Career synopsis

  • 1988 Women’s US Open
  • 1988 LPGA Rookie of the Year
  • 1994 Weetabix Women’s British
  • 1996 Tournament of Champions
  • Total professional wins 26
  • Solheim Cup 1990 to 2000  – 6 consecutive appearances
  • 2009 Vice-Captain of the Solheim Cup
  • 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup Captain

Greatest achievement to date?I don’t think I have just one thing. But if I look at one thing that changed my life is winning the 1988 US Women’s Open.

When did you start playing?I started playing golf when I was 10. I entered a junior tournament called Colgate cup. The event was started by Sven Tumba. I made it to the final and finished 3rd.  I won a golf bag and was so proud and hooked on golf forever!

Favourite memory?My favorite memories are many. But winning the US Open is probably the first that comes to mind.

Favourite Solheim Cup memory of career to date?My favourite Solheim cup memory is celebrating with my team mates after our wins in 1992 and 2000. Finding out that we had won and seeing the smiles on everyones faces. Coming in to our team room and dancing to the tunes of “We are the champions!” Those are the moments I never forget.

Who was your sporting idol?My sporting idols: I loved watching Seve play. His game was exciting and he was super cute. I got to play a TV match with him in Japan. He helped me with my short game. Growing up in Sweden as a kid my idol was Ingemar Stenmark. He was a skiier. When we had class in school and there was a ski race they would roll in the TV and class would stop so we could watch him race! He was an important role model for everyone.

Stay in touch with Lotta on Twitter as she builds her team for 2013, follow @lotta_eucapt and @SolheimCupEuro