“AND HOW are you celebrating Team Europe’s lopsided Solheim Cup victory over Team USA, Liselotte Neumann?”
“I’m going to Disneyland. Adult Disneyland.”
Super Bowl stars can have the kiddie kingdom — there was the European captain in Las Vegas, not even 48 hours after the hugging and the singing.
Ugh, the singing — all of those vowels. “O-A-O-A, O-A-O-A.” It started again when Neumann walked into the PGA of America’s party at last week’s summer expo.
“I love that song, it’s an absolute favorite,” said the weary but ebullient captain. “I’ve been singing it way too much. You can hear from my voice.”
The fit 47-year-old Neumann took a few turns on the show floor, too, wearing the soft and lavishly embellished cotton shirts of Alp-N-Rock, a company she now owns a piece of.
“I was skiing up in Sun Valley a few years ago and ended up buying a shirt in the store,” Neumann said. “I just fell in love with the quality, the feel, the fit, the look, everything.”
The company was doing clothes for skiers and equestrians, and when the Swedish Neumann met founder Susanne Reich, who grew up in Switzerland, the two blondes bonded and decided to do an edelweiss-inspired golf collection for 2014. The line is very fitted and a bit upscale for the young women who will wear it best; a pair of eye-catching golf pants, trimmed in top-stitching and decorated with patches, are listed at $159 retail.
Neumann will be wearing Alp-N-Rock as she gets back to work on the Legends tour next month in French Lick, Ind., with the rest of the 45-and-up crowd. It will be quite a change of pace after riding the shirttails of 17-year-old Charley Hull in Colorado. The upstart complimented Paula Creamer’s outfit on Sunday, ousted her in singles match play and then asked for her autograph.
“She was cute,” said Neumann, who coached the British phenom as a junior. “On the first tee Friday she looks at me and says, ‘So when am I supposed to get nervous?’ I said, ‘Um, right about now, OK?’ And she said, ‘Well, I’m just going to pretend I’m going out in the club championship at home at Woburn Golf Club.’ And she teed off.
“She was just so cool. In an interview she said, ‘You know, I just play golf like I know I’m not going to die if I hit a bad shot. I just go out and play and enjoy it.’ … That’s a great swing thought, I think.”