Ewart Shadoff is backed to build on her Solheim glory
Jodi Ewart Shadoff’s coach believes her role in Europe’s historic win over the United States in the Solheim Cup will give the Yorkshirewoman the belief that she can now go on and win tournaments.
Andy Marshall has taught Ewart Shadoff since she was 14 and on Sunday watched as the 25-year-old helped Lisolette Neumann’s team win the Solheim Cup in emphatic fashion.
Ewart Shadoff won two points from the three matches she played, culminating in a 3&2 victory over Brittany Lincicome as Europe put the seal on an 18-10 victory over the overwhelmed hosts at the Colorado Golf Club outside Denver.
It is the crowning moment of the Middleham professional’s career, even in a year when she has recorded two top-10 finishes in the major championships.
The only thing missing is a victory in a regular LPGA Tour event, something Marshall believes she has proven she is more than capable of achieving.
“It gives her the belief that she belongs out there,” said Marshall, who has remained Ewart Shadoff’s coach despite him being the professional at Masham Golf Club while his protege lives in Florida.
“If you can stand on the first tee at a Solheim Cup under all that pressure and bomb it down the middle of the fairway, then you can handle anything.
“Because it’s not so much about the swing in those situations, it’s about the mental strength. And Jodi has that, she always has had it, and the application and determination to get better.
“She’s done fabulously this year, better than we expected. We’ve been working and striving towards something like this since she was 14.
“The Solheim Cup has been her target for the last two years and what she has achieved this weekend is fabulous for the club and fabulous for Yorkshire golf.”
Despite the Atlantic Ocean being between the two, they are in regular contact through programmes like Skype and Facetime, which is how Marshall continues to coach Ewart Shadoff.
“She’ll record her swing and send it over to me and I take a look at it and send back the adjustments,” he said.
“If I don’t know her swing after all these years, then we’ve got a problem.”
Ewart Shadoff’s role was overshadowed somewhat by the performance of her fellow English player Charley Hull, who, at 17, became the youngest player in Solheim Cup history.
The two of them combined to earn a vital point in the Saturday afternoon fourballs as Europe whitewashed the Americans to take charge.
Hull then set the tone for Sunday’s singles by crushing American favourite Paula Creamer 5&4 in the second match out.
Europe’s victory was already complete when Ewart Shadoff clinched her match on the 16th green against Lincicome.
“I can’t even put it into words,” was Ewart Shadoff’s reaction to being a part of one of the greatest moments in the history of women’s golf on this continent.
“This is absolutely unreal.
“The sort of pressure you feel playing for your team-mates and playing for your whole continent is just a whole different level.”