The 12-a-side-match for lady professionals aged over-45 years is organised by the LPGA Legends Tour.
Last year Cathy played in the inaugural match which United States won decisively. This year she has been “promoted” to the sidelines – “ I will play if anyone in the World Team goes down sick at the last moment,” said Cathy who is the full-time secretary of Sunningdale Ladies Golf Club.
“I’ve never been co-captain of an international team before so I am looking forward to it.”
Cathy, born at Bridge of Allan and a former British girls champion, won 14 tournaments between 1979 and 1988 on the forerunner of the Ladies European Tour. Her father John Panton, the Grand Old Man of Scottish Golf, was 91 last October. He also lives at Sunningdale.
Although she plays very little competitive golf these days, Mrs Panton-Lewis did manage to win this year’s Glenmuir WPGA championship with some late birdies.
The Handa Cup match consists of nine-hole foursomes and nine-hole better-ball on December 15 followed by 18-hole singles on December 16.
WORLD TEAM – Hisako Higuchi (Japan) capt., Cathy Panton-Lewis (Scotland) co-capt., Dawn Coe-Jones (Canada), Alicia Dibos (Peru), Maria Alice Gonzalez (Brazil), Nancy Harvey (Canada), Sally Little (South Africa), Mieko Nomura (Japan), Michiko Okada (Japan), Ann Marie Palli (France), Barbara Sherbak (Canada), Jan Stephenson (Australia), Angie Tsai (Taiwan), Nayoko Yoshikama (Japan).
UNITED STATES – Kathy Whitworth capt., Lori West co-capt., Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel, Sandra Haynie, Christa Johnson, Rosie Jones, Marilyn Lovander, Cindy Rarick, Nancy Scranton, Patti Sheehan, Sherri Turner.
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