Gleneagles to Host 2019 Solheim Cup

Scotland has won the right to host The Solheim Cup in 2019 and the 16th edition of the greatest team event in women’s golf will be played at the world famous PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.

After an extensive and very competitive bidding process, the final decision saw Scotland’s submission up against a strong bid from Sweden, which nominated The Bro Hof Slott Golf Club as its proposed venue.

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.

Following official site inspection visits to Gleneagles and Bro Hof Slott, the Ladies European Tour (LET) Evaluation Committee this week presented their recommendations to the LET Board for ratification.

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.

“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.”

Commenting on the news that the Ladies European Tour’s Board voted in favour of Scotland, The Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland MSP, 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.”

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.

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.”

For more information contact:

David Connor

Golf PR Manager

VisitScotland

0131 472 2063

07794 046 295

david.connor@visitscotland.com

Bethan Cutler

Media Manager

Ladies European Tour

01895 831028

07980056045

Bethan.cutler@ladieseuropeantour.com

Military Veterans Will Compete at Pinehurst for VGA Championship

The Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) announced today that it will host eighty of the country’s top military veteran golfers at the 2015 VGA National Championship this Veterans Day at Pinehurst No. 2. The National Championship comes on the heels of a series of qualifying events, where more than 600 veterans from across the country competed to earn their spots in the tournament.

This year’s lineup boasts an elite group of athletes who have taken the passion and determination behind their military service to the golf course. Wounded veterans make up nearly half the field, and more than a dozen competitors have received Purple Hearts.

VGA golfer Sergeant Andrew Smith developed a passion for golf after returning home from Afghanistan, where he stepped on a pressure plate IED and lost both his legs. Sgt. Smith first tried to qualify for the VGA Championship in North Carolina, but missed the cut by ten strokes. Despite this setback, Sgt. Smith remained determined to make it to Pinehurst. He tried once again in Florida a few days later, where he was only eight strokes short of qualifying.

Sgt. Smith’s passion did not go unnoticed. When a member of the Pinehurst Country Club heard Sgt. Smith’s story, he offered to fly Sgt. Smith to Connecticut for free, where he could try to qualify for the championship once more. His tenacity paid off. Sgt. Smith sank a 20 foot birdie putt to advance to Pinehurst.

“Qualifying for the 2015 VGA National Championship is one of my proudest moments and biggest accomplishments,” said Sgt. Smith. “Since serving in Afghanistan, golf has helped me immensely on the road to recovery. Playing has helped me to stay active and form new, lifelong friendships with my fellow soldiers.”

Joshua Peyton, VGA President and a retired Army Captain and Army Ranger, established the organization with veterans like Sgt. Smith in mind.

“The Veteran Golfers Association was founded last year to provide veterans across the country with the ultimate golfing experience,” said Peyton. “We are bridging the gap between soldiers’ passion for serving their country and their passion for the game of golf. The VGA is the only organization nationwide to offer all veterans – wounded and non-wounded, active and retired – the opportunity to compete, socialize and stay active through golf.”

Sponsors for the event include the Armed Forces Foundation, Druh Belts & Buckles, Schneider Electric, Southern Pines Brewing Company, UPS and Wilson, among others.

The championship is scheduled for Sunday, November 8 through Wednesday, November 11, 2015. For more information, please visit www.vgachampionship.org.

About Veteran Golfers Association

The VGA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to promoting the game of golf to veterans and their family members. The VGA develops programs that allow our members to compete, socialize and remain physically active through the game of golf.