U.s. Women Win The Solheim Cup

Posted: September 21, 1998

DUBLIN, Ohio - Dottie Pepper won another emotional match and Sherri Steinhauer hit two memorable iron shots down the stretch for the deciding point as the United States blunted a European comeback yesterday to retain the Solheim Cup.

The 16-12 victory was the Americans' fourth in the five biennial competitions, the women's version of the Ryder Cup.

Criticized by the Europeans for her emotional displays and cheerleading on the course, Pepper ran her record to 4-0 this week and 10-1 in the last three Solheim Cups.

The United States led by five points starting the day and needed just 3 1/2 points in singles to retain the Cup. But Europe applied some heat when Laura Davies, Helen Alfredsson and Annika Sorenstam won the first three matches at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Pepper then completed a 3 and 2 victory over Trish Johnson, followed by Rosie Jones' 6 and 4 win over Catrin Nilsmark. When Kelly Robbins drained a 12-foot birdie putt at the 17th to close out Charlotta Sorenstam 2 and 1, the Americans were prepared to celebrate.

Steinhauer, one of Judy Rankin's two captain's picks, got the clinching point, thanks to birdies at the 15th and 16th holes en route to a win over Catriona Matthew.

PGA ENDICOTT, N.Y. - After 14 years and 378 tournaments, Chris Perry won on the PGA Tour, firing a 5-under-par 67 to capture the B.C. Open by 3 strokes over Peter Jacobsen.

Perry, who began the day in third place, 2 shots off the lead, carded three birdies on the front nine, then took over the lead with three straight birdies on the back nine. He finished at 15-under 273.

Jacobsen shot a 67 for 276, followed by Nolan Henke at 277 after a 72. Ted Tryba, Curt Byrum and Robert Allenby tied for fourth at 278.

SENIORS MASON, Ohio - Hugh Baiocchi, competing in a five-man playoff after rain washed out the final round of the Kroger Senior Classic, birdied the second extra hole to win a Senior Tour event for the second time in two weeks.

Baiocchi's birdie putt enabled him to defeat Bob Charles, Frank Conner, Larry Nelson and Bruce Summerhays. All five finished at 7-under 133 for the two rounds of the event.

The final round was suspended due to rain early with 63-year-old Harold Henning holding a 1-stroke lead. None of the leaders completed the front nine, so tournament officials decided to scrap the round and go to a playoff.

EUROPE SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France - Miguel Angel Jimenez made a spectacular 30-yard chip over a bunker for a birdie at the 18th hole and won the Lancome Trophy by 2 shots over four players, including Americans Mark O'Meara and David Duval.

SENIOR WOMEN'S AMATEUR WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Gayle Borthwick of Canada won the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur for the second time in the last three years, defeating Ireland's Valerie Hassett, 4 and 3, in the 1998 championship match.

Borthwick beat defending champion Nancy Fitzgerald, 2 and 1, in the semifinals Saturday, then saved par with spectacular recovery shots on the back nine twice to defeat Hassett.

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