Melissa Reid reflects on emotional Solheim Cup in Germany
Last Updated: 22/09/15 12:23pm
Melissa Reid says her return to Germany was more than just simply competing in the Solheim Cup, following the death of her mother in the country three years ago.
Reid's mother Joy died when the car she was travelling in with husband Brian was involved in a head-on collision after the pair had watched their daughter practise ahead of the German Masters.
Europe slipped to a 14½-13½ loss to USA at St Leon-Rot over the weekend but Reid, who starred for Carin Koch's team by taking 3½ points out of a possible four, was in philosophical mood after the defeat.
"Everyone knows it was difficult for me to go back to Germany," Reid told Tuesday's Sportswomen show on Sky Sports News HQ.
"It was important to have my family and my friends there and my coach Kevin [Craggs]. It wasn't just a special week for me, it was a special week for my family and we made new memories there.
"As soon as finished my singles match - everybody had finished and America had won - I went into one of the tents with my family and we had a couple of drinks and we talked about things.
"It was a special moment for me and my family. It's been a really tough two or three years and I have had a really good team support around me. It's been a real team effort and they should be really proud of themselves as well."
It wasn't just a special week for me, it was a special week for my family and we made new memories there.
USA's Solheim Cup win came after a highly controversial incident in the fourballs match between European pair Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen and American duo Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome.
Lee picked up her ball on the 17th green thinking Europe had conceded a putt but Pettersen insisted they had not, leaving partner Hull in tears as the situation became heated.
After initially insisting she would have repeated her actions if in the same situation again, Pettersen made a public apology on social media.
Reid said: "It was a fantastic event for women's golf and for women's sport and it's a shame it was dampened by that."