The Cairns Cup appoints TWO Women Captains for Michigan 2024!
The Carins Cup are breaking with tradition by appointing two female captains to represent USA and Europe in Golf’s premier disability match play event in 2024.
The event will be held at Eagle Crest Golf Club in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Michigan which located just 20 minutes from the city of Detroit.
Kim Moore of USA and Tineke Loogman of The Netherlands are two outstanding female golfers who have overcome their disability and been an inspiration to many in the game across the globe.
Both Kim and Tineke played at the inaugural event at The Shire London in 2022 and have already begun their duties of picking their team next year.
Many of whom will be announced in the coming weeks.
Kim is from Ft. Wayne, Indiana and currently resides in Battle Creek, Michigan.
She was born without a right foot and a severely clubbed left foot as well as a slight case of spina-bifida.
However, she grew up in a very sports-oriented family and participated in many sports and was introduced to golf at the age of 16, and it quickly became her passion.
Kim played college golf at the University of Indianapolis and played professionally on the Futures Golf Tour before getting her Class “A” PGA Teaching Professional certificate in 2012.
She is currently the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Western Michigan University.
Kim has participated in many adaptive tournaments around the world. She is the 15-time US National Amputee Women’s Golf Champion and just recently won the 1st USGA Adaptive Open at Pinehurst, No. 6 in July of 2022.
Commenting on her appointment Kim said “Being selected to participate in the 2022 Cairns Cup at The Shire in London was such an extreme honour. Anytime I get the opportunity to represent my country is something that means a great deal to me. The camaraderie and competitiveness we had in London was such a testament towards the abilities of all the participants on both teams. This world class event is such a thrill to be a part of such a respected competition and I can’t wait to be the Captain of Team USA!”
Tineke was born in Amsterdam and started playing golf when the whole family went to Florida for her parents 50th wedding anniversary, she decided to try the game.
And at 40 years of age, had found a ‘her’ game. Tineke is also involved with EDGA and runs her own Handi Golf group.
Tineke does not readily admit defeat and believes in the importance of not making excuses, regardless of your disability.
Tineke with husband Ger own a 9-hole championship golf course, Golf Amsteldijk in Amstelveen, complete with a 20-hectare training facility and a 9-hole par-3 course.
Discussing her rise to The Cairns Cup Captaincy she said. “I have always been a fighter. I’m very competitive, and I think that because of my disability, I always wanted to prove that I could do things just like everyone else. And golf, of course, is essentially a fight with yourself. The prospect of being the first (and not the last) female Captain of Europe at Michigan 2024 is very humbling…but I want to win!”
The Cairns Cup is a very INCLUSIVE competition, when it comes to team selection of both teams, it encourages all disabilities, welcomes golfers up to 36 handicap indexes, does not discriminate against age and the teams are made up of both Ladies & Gentlemen.
However, there are some strict criteria to be observed for those that apply, selection is based on handicap index groups as follows 6 players 0 – 10.4, 6 players 10.5 – 18.4, 2 players 18.5 – 24.4 & 2 players 24.5 – 36.4 even if you make it to these short list there is the added stipulations of each team MUST have 6 different disabilities and from 6 different states/ Countries in USA and Europe.
Details of the event, players entry forms and player entry criteria for The Cairns Cup 2024 can be found at www.thecairnscup.com