29 October 2015
Scotland has won the bid to host the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
The Cup is a golf tournament for professional women golfers representing Europe and the United States.
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) October 29, 2015
In September, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with senior representatives of the Ladies European Tour who were reviewing Scotland’s bid, including Ivan Khodabakhsh, Chief Executive of Ladies European Tour.
Earlier in the year, ten countries – Denmark, England, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Wales – submitted expressions of interest in hosting the 2019 event, the next time it is held in Europe.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
This is tremendous news, not only for golf tourism and events in Scotland but for Scotland as a whole.
“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.