Ticket sales launched today for The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, 11th to 15th September.
A variety of packages and tickets, starting from £10, are now available at SolheimCup2019.com with special family ticket packages and early bird discounts available soon.
After a successful 15th edition of The Solheim Cup in Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa, which saw an inspired USA team retain their trophy by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points, all eyes have now turned to focus on the next European edition to be played on the renowned PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland. Record crowds for a US Solheim Cup attended in Iowa and Organisers are looking to set a new record for a Europe edition in 2019.
Catriona Matthew, an official ambassador for Scotland the Home of Golf, played in her ninth Solheim Cup in Iowa winning three points and said afterwards, “The players are really looking forward to coming to Scotland to experience a Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. They watched an amazing Ryder Cup played there in 2014 and now can’t wait to be part of something similar for The 2019 Solheim Cup. Their experiences of the world’s best golf courses in Scotland, along with the renowned Scottish hospitality, both at past Solheim Cups as well as Ricoh Women’s British Open and Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, means that everyone is anticipating that this will bethe best Solheim Cup ever.”
Scotland’s staging of The 2019 Solheim Cup is being led by the EventScotland team within VisitScotland’s events directorate. Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland, added: “A high bar has been set by The 2017 Solheim Cup in Des Moines and we are all relishing the challenge of taking The 2019 Solheim Cup to an even higher level. We have a strong track record of hosting and enhancing major events in Scotland and we look forward to making The Solheim Cup the must-attend sporting event of 2019. It is important to us that this is seen as a bucket-list event and we want everyone to consider attending, regardless of whether they are an ardent golf fan or a family who may have never considered a golf event as a day out before.”
The week will begin with the PING Junior Solheim Cup taking place at Gleneagles with the participants made to feel an important part of the main event. This unique U18 event will be showcased as never before as Scotland seeks to ensure that this is the most family orientated Solheim Cup ever staged. VisitScotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, has stated the ambition to ensure the 2019 edition of the Solheim Cup in Perthshire will serve to both grow golf and leave a lasting legacy of increased participation in women’s sport.
Themes of equality, innovation and experience will be thread through all the events communications as The 2019 Solheim Cup aims to engage both the traditional golf audience and the wider sport fan, raising the profile of women’s golf both in Scotland and internationally. The Scottish Government and VisitScotland have been long-time supporters of the women’s game having partnered with the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, including recently significantly enhancing the Aberdeen Asset Ladies Scottish Open which took place as a co-sanctioned LET and LPGA event for the first time this year.
The 2019 Solheim Cup will not only showcase the stunning assets of Scotland, the Home of Golf, but also build on the legacy of the successful 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. It will underline that Scotland is the perfect stage for major golf events as it seeks to help inspire a new generation of children to take up the game invented in their home country.
For more information visit: www.solheimcupeurope.com
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