• Gleneagles Hotel will play host to biennial battle
• Home of Golf fended off 'strong bid' from Sweden
2019 SOLHEIM CUP
The 2019 Solheim Cup is coming to Scotland.
The news was announced this afternoon by the Ladies European Tour after an exhaustive and very competitive bidding process. The Scottish proposal, to stage the match at 2014 Ryder Cup host venue the Gleneagles Hotel, was given the nod over a rival bid to take the 16th staging of the biennial event to Bro Hof Slott in Sweden.
Making the announcement, Ivan Khodabakhsh, chief executive of Ladies European Tour, said: “I want to congratulate the Scotland bid team for their work. It was an extremely close decision and our heartfelt thanks go to our friends from Sweden for their hugely impressive bid. The Bro Hof Slott Golf Club is one of Europe’s very finest courses and we look forward to working with them in the future.
"This is tremendous news" - Nicola Scotland, First Minister of Scotland
“The competitive nature of the bidding process for the 2019 event is testimony to the growth in interest in women’s professional golf and women’s sport in general. The Solheim Cup has grown to be the biggest event in the women’s game delivering outstanding value to its partners at a local, national and international level.”
The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon was amongst the first to welcome the LET's decision.
“This is tremendous news, not only for golf tourism and events in Scotland but for Scotland as a whole," she said. "As a nation we take a huge amount of pride in welcoming major events to our country and in women’s golf they don’t come any bigger than the Solheim Cup.
“The outstanding success of 2014 still looms large in the memory and I am delighted that Gleneagles and Scotland will once again play host to a major international team golf event. It will help cement Scotland’s reputation as the home of golf and the perfect stage for major golf events and help inspire a new generation of children to take up the game invented in their home country.”
Scotland’s bid, which was led by the EventScotland team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate and backed by the Scottish Government, was submitted in August and received huge support from stars across the golfing, sporting and media spectrum.
"I am excited that the Solheim Cup will be returning to Scotland" - John Solheim
John A. Solheim, PING chairman and CEO, commented: “I am excited that the Solheim Cup will be returning to Scotland, home of Europe’s first win. Gleneagles is certainly one of the great venues in golf and will provide a wonderful experience for all. I’m sure that the members of the 2019 Solheim Cup teams will be up to meeting the challenges of this exceptional golf course.”
Bernard Murphy, the managing director of the Gleneagles Hotel, also welcomed the news. “We are extremely proud to be chosen as the host venue for the 2019 Solheim Cup," he said. "Gleneagles has a great history of holding major international events and we are delighted to be able to add the Solheim Cup to that list. We look forward to welcoming the teams and spectators from both sides in 2019 to take part in what we are sure will be yet another memorable event.”
The 2019 match will be the third Solheim Cup to be contested in Scotland. The previous two stagings - at Marriott Dalmahoy in 1992 and Loch Lomond in 2000 - both resulted in wins for the hosts, Europe.
A date for the 2019 Solheim Cup will be announced in due course.
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