Golf: The Players for the Transatlantic Challenge

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HELEN ALFREDSSON

Sweden

Age 27. Career wins: 5. Cup record: Played 3 Lost 3.

Former model. Engaged to Mexican World Cup footballer Leo Cuellar. This season's American Rookie of the Year. Second Cup appearance. Fourth in European money list.

LAURA DAVIES

England

Age 28. Career wins: 15. Cup record: P3 W2 L1.

Former British and US Open champion. Shed more than 50lbs in weight over past year. Exceptionally long hitter. Second Cup appearance. Leader in 1992 European money list.

FLORENCE DESCAMPE

Belgium

Age 23. Career wins: 5. Cup record: Debut.

Won in America in August. Furious that Beth Daniel considers only Davies and Neumann worthy of a place in US team. Making debut as one of Mickey Walker's selections. Runner-up in 1989 British Open.

KITRINA DOUGLAS

England

Age 32. Career wins: 8. Cup record: Debut.

Former British amateur champion. Keen practicer and supporter of 'Christians in Sport'. Cup debut after finishing third in money list. Won British women's championship in 1982 and played in Curtis Cup.

TRISH JOHNSON

England

Age 26. Career wins: 8. Cup record: P3 L3.

First player to win maximum four points against US in 1986 Curtis Cup. Second Cup appearance after finishing second in money list. Won 1985 English amateur matchplay and strokeplay championships. Has suffered from viral meningitis this year.

LISELOTTE NEUMANN

Sweden

Age 26. Career wins: 6. Cup record: P3 W1 L2.

US Open champion in 1988. Fourth in last week's British Open. Second Cup appearance. One of Walker's choices. Runner-up in two US tournaments this season.

ALISON NICHOLAS

England

Age 30. Career wins: 10. Cup record: P3 W1 L2.

Just 5ft tall. With Davies beat Pat Bradley and Nancy Lopez in foursomes last time. British Open champion in 1987. Second Cup appearance. Finished fifth in money list.

CATRIN NILSMARK

Sweden

Age 25. Career wins: 0. Cup record: Debut.

Third Swede to make team. Plagued by back and neck injuries early in career. Owner of pilot's licence. Cup debut as one of Walker's choices. Made the breakthrough last year, jumping from 39th to 13th on money list.

DALE REID

Scotland

Age: 33. Career wins: 21. Cup record: P3 W1 L2.

Captain's choice. Europe's all-time leader in victories and earnings. The Tour's only honorary member. Has had a poor season. Considers her win over Patty Sheehan in 1990 Cup as her career highlight.

PAMELA WRIGHT

Scotland

Age: 28. Career wins: 0. Cup record: P3 W1 Halved 1 L1.

Captain's choice. Has played almost exclusively on the American tour this year, recording three top-10 finishes including a tie for ninth in the US Open. US Rookie of the year in 1989.

UNITED STATES

DANIELLE AMMACCAPANE

Age 26. Career wins: 4. Cup record: Debut.

Second in this year's money list with over dollars 500,000 (pounds 286,000) after three wins. Won the Centel Classic in Florida, earning dollars 180,000. Was in the 1986 US Curtis cup team.

PAT BRADLEY

Age 41. Career wins: 30. Cup record: P3 W2 L1.

Record US money winner with over dollars 4.3m (pounds 2.46m) in the bank. Second Cup appearance. Finished third in money list. Last year, her 18th season on the US Tour, she won four tournaments and led the money list with dollars 746,527 (pounds 430,000). Is only the 12th player to win more than 30 tournaments and thus earn induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

BRANDIE BURTON

Age 20. Career wins: 1. Cup record: Debut.

1991 US Rookie of the Year. Won three points out of three in 1990 Curtis Cup. Qualified by finishing eighth in money list. Joined LPGA last year after leaving Arizona State University. Won 1988 National Junior Championship.

BETH DANIEL

Age 35. Career wins: 27. Cup record: P3 W3.

Started war of words by saying only Davies and Neumann would improve US side. Second Cup appearance. Finished fifth in money list. Set a single season record in 1990 for earnings with nearly dollars 900,000 (pounds 514,000) and seven wins.

JULI INKSTER

Age 32. Career wins: 15. Cup record: Debut.

Was given wild card ahead of Nancy Lopez. Lost US Open play-off to Patty Sheehan. Only captain's choice in US team. Holds record for Rookie earnings of more than dollars 200,000 ( pounds 114,000) in 1984. Turned professional after winning three consecutive US amateur championships.

BETSY KING

Age 37. Career wins: 27. Cup record: P3 W2 H1.

Twice US Open champion and 1986 British Open champion. Second Cup appearance. Finished seventh in money list this year, winning Mazda LPGA championship, her fifth major triumph.

MEG MALLON

Age 29. Career wins: 4. Cup record: Debut.

1991 US Open champion and second in last year's Order of Merit with dollars 633,802 ( pounds 362,300). Finished second in money list. Won 1991 LPGA championship and US Open in a three-week spell.

DOTTIE MOCHRIE

Age 27. Career wins: 5. Cup record: P3 W2 L1.

No 1 in America this year with dollars 693,000 ( pounds 396,000). Second Cup appearance, qualified first in money list. Excels in major championships, with 11 top 10 finishes. Has won three tournaments this season. Travels with husband/caddie Doug.

DEB RICHARD

Age 29. Career wins: 3. Cup record: Debut.

1984 US Amateur champion and a double winner last season. Finished ninth in money list. Won 1984 US Amateur Championship and joined the tour two years later. Won two events last year.

PATTY SHEEHAN

Age 35. Career wins: 30. Cup record: P3 W2 L1.

Last week completed 1992 double of US and British Opens. Second Cup appearance. Finished fourth in money list. A former ski star, is within one victory of entering Hall of Fame. In top 10 of money list every year since 1982. Had 100 per cent record in the 1980 Curtis Cup with four wins.

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