Amy Alcott to captain United States Junior Solheim Cup team in 2023 at La Zagaleta in Spain

Amy Alcott, the World Golf Hall of Fame member who has won 29 times on the LPGA and five major championships, is taking on a new role next year: captain.

Alcott will lead the United States Junior Solheim Cup team in 2023 at La Zagaleta in Spain, the American Junior Golf Association announced Tuesday.

“This is a wonderful honor,” Alcott said. “When I got the call from John Solheim, I was very flattered. I have always believed that junior golf is the lifeblood of the game. I grew up chipping and putting into soup cans in my front yard in Southern California and competed in junior tournaments from the age of 9 to 17.”

Modeled after the Solheim Cup, the Ping Junior Solheim Cup biennially features the 12 best female junior golfers (ages 12-18) from the United States against their counterparts from Europe. The team match play event includes foursomes, four-ball and singles matches and rotates between U.S. and European host sites coinciding with the Solheim Cup, next year happening from Sept. 18-19. The event includes both teams watching the final days of the Solheim Cup matches at Finca Cortesin, September 18-24, 2023.

The United States leads the all-time Ping Junior Solheim Cup Series, 7-3-1, and had won six consecutive matches before its loss in 2021. The US last won, 13-11, when the event was hosted in Scotland in 2019.

“We are very excited to have Amy Alcott as the 2023 Junior Solheim Cup US Team Captain,” John Solheim, Ping’s Chairman and CEO said.  “With Amy turning pro at age 18 and eventually going on to be a LPGA Tour Hall of Famer, she knows what it takes to be an incredibly successful golfer.  With her 29 LPGA Tour wins and five major titles, she will be a fantastic mentor and coach for the US Junior Team.”

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek