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Wally Cannot wait to start
8:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in Sport
FORMER Wolves fullback turned golf caddy Mark Wallington is hoping to taste his second Solheim Cup success in two appearances when he heads to Colorado Golf Club, Denver later this week.
The 41-year-old Warrignton resident will man the bag of 17-year-old wildcard pick Charley Hull when she makes her debut in the classic Europe vs USA team event next Tuesday, two years after helping Swede Sophie Gustafson to a maximum four-point haul in Europe's 15-13 victory at Kilheem Castle, Ireland.
It was that success that helped secure Wallington his place, with European captain Liselotte Neumann insisting that an experienced head was needed to help guide the fearless teenager.
“I can't wait to be on Charley's bag,” said Wallington.
“She is enthusiastic, goes for everything and is a fantastic player.
“I was asked to work for her when she was an amateur, but it wasn't the right time.
“Luckily I stayed in touch and when the European captain wanted a caddy with Solheim Cup experience for her, I got the call on Monday.
“I plan to just guide her around the course, keep her calm and on Sunday's singles day just let the reins go and enjoy the ride!”
Hull has enjoyed a storming year on tour, earning second-place finishes in her opening five tournaments, and though the European team will be without old-hands Laura Davies and Gustafson, Wallington remains confident.
“The European team is strong again, with the majority of the players playing really well in the LPGA,” he said.
“We have lost four or five experienced players like Davies and Gustafson, but the new faces that are coming are real quality players.
“On paper, especially with it being over in America, you have to make USA favourites, but I think it's going to close once again.
“Hopefully I can keep my unbeaten record in tact and help bring home the trophy!”
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