It took Dale Reid five seconds to accept the Solheim Cup captaincy for the 2002 matches in the USA

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Terrence O'Rorke
Tue, 12 Dec 2000

Dale Reid, who led Europe to a famous victory in October's Solheim Cup at Loch Lomond, has been re-appointed European captain for the 2002 Solheim Cup in America.

Reid received the unanimous backing of the Ladies European Tour (LET) Board of Directors on Friday afternoon, and accepted the job after attending the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday night.

"Dale is a wonderful leader and we are delighted she has accepted our offer to captain Europe again in 2002," said LET Chief Executive Tim Howland, who was speaking at a press conference in London to announce the 2001 Evian Ladies European Tour schedule.

"It was one of the easiest decisions the Board has ever had to make. I just wish all the issues on the agenda were so straight forward.

"Dale did a marvellous job at Loch Lomond, and we saw no reason to change a winning formula. We adopted the view that if it isn't broken then why try to fix it. I have every confidence she can lead Europe to success once again."

Reid, also present at the press conference, was in London to attend the BBC Sports Personality Awards with fellow Solheim Cup stars Laura Davies, Alison Nicholas and Trish Johnson.

"It's a great honour again to be offered what I think is the best job in women's golf," said Reid, 40, from Ladybank in Scotland.

"I asked Tim (Howland) if I could have a bit of time to make up my mind but then accepted the job five second later!

"It was always my dream to win the Cup in Europe, and it's now my dream to bring it back home from America. Hopefully I can learn from any mistakes I made first time round and do an even better job in 2002."

Reid's appointment drew praise from former world number one Laura Davies, who holds the European record for most points in The Solheim Cup.

"Reidy was a brilliant captain and I've no doubt she will do a great job again in a couple of years time," said Davies.
"She has played in The Solheim Cup herself so she knows exactly what the players need. I said after we won in Loch Lomond that she should be captain again in 2002 and I'm delighted the Tour have made the right decision so early on."

The 2002 Solheim Cup will be played at Interlachen Country Club, Minnesota, from September 20-22, and the Americans will be pulling out al the stops to win back the Cup after going down 14 1/2 - 11 1/2 for only the second time in the event's 10 year history.