SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – When it was over and Juli Inkster had fought back to earn a half-point for the victorious U.S. team in the Solheim Cup, one of the first people she embraced was her longtime friend, Meg Mallon, who served as one of captain Beth Daniel’s assistants.
It was noteworthy on a couple of fronts. Six times they were teammates in the Solheim Cup and when you talk about leading candidates for the next captain, they are the first names mentioned.
What seems to be the leading scenario is this: Mallon will be the captain for 2011 in Ireland with Inkster as an assistant, then Inkster taking over the reign for 2013 in Colorado.
Inkster said to reporters that she was done as a player after nine go-rounds and 31 overall matches. But standing nearby, her teammates, her two daughters, and her husband all offered smiles and head shakes. None of them are discounting the 51-year-old Inkster being a player two years from now.