If the Solheim Cup is a war, then beware Cristie Kerr, who is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps. Kerr, 24, will be making her Solheim debut next week at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn., and she could be the U.S. squad's secret weapon.
SI: How excited are you about representing your country in the Solheim Cup?
CK: There isn't anyone more patriotic than me.
SI: How did you get the deal with the Marines?
CK: My boyfriend, Robb Sucher, is a captain in the corps and was an aide to Gen. Joseph Weber, who was in charge of the camp at 29 Palms, Calif. We were playing golf, and the general was joking that the Marines sponsor a NASCAR driver [ Bobby Hamilton Jr.] and they should sponsor me, too. The next thing I know, he calls someone in Quantico, Va., and I now proudly display the Marines' lettering on my bag.
SI: Do you have a thing for guys in uniform?
CK: Yeah, my dad was a sergeant in the Army, and I love him to death.
SI: How does Sgt. Kerr feel about your dating a jarhead?
CK: My dad and Robb get along great. My sister is married to a Green Beret—those guys are nuts. I guess I have military in my blood.
SI: We hear you and Robb live in military housing at 29 Palms. That's not exactly country club living, is it?