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As well as fun on the golf course, discover why Perthshire is one of the most popular areas in Scotland for family holidays and activities. Soak up the history, enjoy stunning views as you walk or cycle through forests and woodlands or push yourself to the limit kayaking, white-water rafting or canyoning.

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 Written By:Juli Inkster 

Are you tired of seeing me yet? I certainly hope my players aren’t tired of hearing from me yet. Being the first woman to captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team three times is a huge honor and because of that the job this time around comes with added pressure, and when you are preparing to take on a very strong squad from Europe you don’t need any added pressure.

When it comes to gals who’ve captained multiple Solheim teams, it’s a short list. Mickey Walker led the first four teams for Europe, winning once. Alison Nicholas, Catrin Nilsmark and Dale Reid were all captains twice for Europe and they each had a .500 record. For the Americans, Judy Rankin was 2-0 while Kathy Whitworth and Patty Sheehan were both 1-1.

The good thing about having done it before is that I’ve learned not to stress over the little things, like menus and uniforms and the opening ceremonies, until they need to be worried about. It’s like planning a wedding: You do this and then do that. Now, I know more about what needs to be done and when.

But the danger of having been captain before is getting lazy. You want to make sure you’ve crossed your T’s and dotted your I’s. I don’t really worry about the girls much in terms of how they are playing. I do worry about them getting sick of hearing my voice, but I think they will not let that happen. They know me well enough to know how much I care. And they all know how to compete.

This year, I’m trying to keep things fresh, especially off the golf course. That’s part of my job: To keep it fresh and exciting so that they all want to play in Scotland. I’ve had a bunch of great girls on my first two teams and I expect the same will be true this year. They call me The Old Lady – hey, my daughter, Hayley, is older than the Solheim Cup, only by a matter of months but older, with both born in 1990 – but it’s with respect.

Being the Mom of two daughters has really helped prepare me for this job. I actually know where a lot of these girls are coming from. They all like to drink wine, just like my girls. Hey, I wouldn’t be who I am today without Hayley and Cori and without the youngsters on tour. They inspire me to do my best for them.

You know, a challenge of the Solheim Cup is that golf is an individual game and an advantage the Europeans have is that they play a lot more team golf over there. But with new events like the International Crown and the Dow team event our girls are getting more experience at it. I’ve learned a lot about trying to be a team leader over the years by talking to Phil Mickelson, Davis Love, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

What I’ve learned is that you can’t lead everyone the same way and that I can’t lead them the way I like to be led. Being captain three times and still playing a lot of LPGA events I think I know the girls well enough to be able to adapt my style to connect with each individual. I know how hard it is as a player and that you can’t be on 24/7. I know they are trying their hardest.

I’ll tell you this: When I ask myself why I want to do this again the answer is that I love being with the girls and I love representing my country. When I think of how they played when they came back in Germany and when I think of how well Europe played in Des Moines and still my girls played better – those were huge moments for women’s golf and those memories make me want more.

And I’ll tell you another thing: It’s not about me winning. They are the ones that do it. I’m just the voice of the team. We have to play great golf to beat Europe – they are a formidable team. Both teams have a great mix of young talent and older players who are embracing the newcomers, showing them what the Solheim is all about.

I like to keep things loose and relaxed. You saw me dancing on the first tee in Des Moines with their captain, Annika Sorenstam. Hey, I’m a stinking dancer but I love music and Annika got me on the golf course so many times, but I got her with my dance moves. I guess dance moves are one of the details I’ll have to think about for Scotland. See you there.

Creamer Inkster

 

Today marks six months to go until the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, 9th to 15th September, with all 12 places in the European team still up for grabs.

 

The final qualifying event for the European team will be the ASI Ladies Scottish Open, 8th to 11th August, with Captain, Catriona Matthew, planning to announce her complete team on the Monday following as Europe’s best women golfers seek to seal their place at what promises to be the most attended European Solheim Cup to date.

 

Dutch star, Anne Van Dam currently heads up the European qualifying list, having won the ActewAGL Canberra Classic earlier this month, placing her in pole position on the LET Solheim Rankings, just ahead of 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion, Georgia Hall, and winner of the year’s opening LET event of the year in Abu Dhabi, Charley Hull.

 

Van Dam said: “Obviously I still have a long way to go but seeing myself in the top position on the rankings this week is definitely a nice feeling. Getting a win so early in the season is a real confidence boost and I will be doing everything I can from here on in to secure my place in the European team this year.”

 

Home fans will no doubt be excited to note Carly Booth’s recent and timely return to form after she finished 4th in Canberra last week. The popular Scot from Comrie commented: “I would absolutely love to qualify for the European team in Gleneagles and it is my main goal this year. Hopefully I am coming into form at the right time. I really can’t imagine a bigger honour than representing Europe in front of my home crowd and I am focusing all my efforts on making Catriona’s team.”

 

European Captain, Catriona Matthew, is looking for her team to return the trophy to Europe after the USA team retained their trophy by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points, in 2017.  Matthew commented: “I am excited that we have finally arrived at the six month to go mark. I think the qualifying is going to make for a fascinating build up to Gleneagles as there are so many players who could claim a spot in the team. As the match draws closer it is hard for me to think of anything else, from logistics to outfits to speeches to Captain’s picks. I am loving every part of the process of preparing for what will be one of the biggest sporting events in Scotland this summer. I’m looking for the atmosphere to be as noisy and supportive as possible so I’d urge all European fans to make sure they get their tickets and come along to support the team at Gleneagles.”

 

Please visit here for the current Solheim Cup Rankings.

 

Tickets are currently on sale here with bespoke family ticket packages available and a special early bird discount currently on offer which will be ending soon. Tickets are priced from just £10 for adults while children under the age of 16 are admitted free-of-charge with a paying adult.

 

Themes of equality, innovation and experience will be threaded through all the event’s 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 recently significantly enhanced Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which took place as a co-sanctioned LET and LPGA event for the first time last 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.

 

European Captain Catriona Matthew meets teen star Hannah Darling just ahead of six months to go milestone

Two generations of female Scottish golfing talent came together to celebrate International Women’s Day just six months before the iconic Solheim Cup returns to the Home of Golf.

European Captain Catriona Matthew, who will lead her team at Gleneagles from 9-15th September, spent an afternoon with promising young Scottish talent Hannah Darling, who hopes to join her golfing role model in Perthshire by qualifying for the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team.

Darling is one of the six players who self-started their own #Project19 initiative when they first learned of Scotland’s successful bid to host The 2019 Solheim Cup and PING Junior Solheim Cup.

The youngsters were at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in 2017 to get a taste of the event, and afterwards, they set up a Whatsapp group to motivate each other to qualify for this year’s junior edition.

Now, with just six months until another world-class sporting event heads to Gleneagles – its stunning PGA Centenary Course hosted The 2014 Ryder Cup – it is Darling who is favourite to achieve that goal after solid performances in the first two of 10 qualifying events this year.

“It’s pretty much all I’ve been working towards for the past three or four years,” said 16-year-old Darling, who last year won the inaugural R&A Girls’ U16 Open Championship and successfully defended her Scottish Girls’ Amateur Championship title she won in 2017. “I can’t really put into words what it would mean. The memories I would make and the experience I would gain from it would be amazing. It would be a great way to start my career.”

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘balance’, and that is certainly something Darling is learning to master as she juggles her golfing ambitions with her studies.
“Balance is a great word and a great message, and it suits golf well,” she said. “This year is all about balance for me.

“In terms of the women’s game, it’s good to see much more publicity around it. Even since I was a bit younger, there’s a lot more on TV which is really good. It’s good to see it changing for the better as I’m growing up.”

Matthew said: “It’s difficult sometimes trying to balance work and being at home – it’s something every family has to adapt to.

“When I first turned pro you didn’t really see much women’s golf. Now there’s a lot more on television – and women’s sports in general. Girls see that and it encourages them to take up a sport, and if it can be golf then all the better.

“It’s good to see this year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup being played at the same venue, as that hasn’t always been the case. Hopefully, Hannah makes the team.”

Tickets to see Matthew lead Europe in this world-class sporting event are on sale now, with options for practice days, Opening Ceremony Day (12 Sept) and match days (13-15 Sept).

 

It was a good week for the Italians in the PING Junior Solheim Cup qualification as Caterina Don rose to the top of the rankings and Alessia Nobilio jumped to fifth after the Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship in Seville.

Don took 10th place in the first qualifying event in Portugal and followed it up with another solid performance in Spain, progressing through the 36-hole stroke play before losing in the first round of the match play to Gala Dumez.

Nobilio, who played in the 2017 PING Junior Solheim Cup and last year’s Junior Ryder Cup, was also among the top 32 players who progressed through to match play, then came through three rounds before seeing off fellow Italian Benedetta Moresco in the semi-final.

She lost to Candice Mahe, who is too old to qualify for the PING Junior Solheim Cup, in the final, but the consolation was moving into one of the six automatic qualifying places for the event at Gleneagles on 10th and 11th September. The team will comprise 12 players, the other six being wildcard picks for Captain Mickey Walker.

Lucie Malchirand of France is second in the rankings after two of ten qualifying events, and in third place is Slovenian Pia Babnik, who reached the quarter-finals in Spain before losing to Mahe.

The next counting event is the French International Lady Junior Championship from 18th-22nd April, and the team will be decided at the conclusion of the Girls’ British Open Championship at Panmure, Scotland in mid-August.

Click HERE for the full results from the Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship.

Click HERE for the full PING Junior Solheim Cup rankings.

 

Aggreko is announced today as the official temporary power supplier of The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, 9th to 15th September 2019.

Aggreko plc is a supplier of temporary power generation equipment and of temperature control equipment and is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Partners to seven Ryder Cups including the Paris edition in 2018, as well as long-term partners to the European Tour, this is Aggreko’s first foray into women’s golf sponsorship.

European star, Mel Reid, has played in The Solheim Cup three times and will represent Aggreko as she competes on the LPGA and LET Tours as their brand ambassador and will use an Aggreko branded bag.

Robert Wells, MD Aggreko Events Services, said: ‘At Aggreko we do things with a passion that sets us apart’ and that, to me, is the perfect way to describe why The Solheim Cup is such a very special event and ideal match for our brand. Mel’s passion both on and off the course is also what made her stand out to us as the perfect ambassador to represent Aggreko at what we believe will be one of the biggest sporting events of the year.”
We welcome Mel into the Aggreko family, and look forward to sharing many successes over the next year. Aggreko believe that the values and approach that Mel brings to both life and golf, are a great example for all and closely align with our core values.”

Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, said: “This is more great news that yet another major business based in Scotland has come on board to support the 2019 Solheim Cup. Aggreko have a strong reputation for working alongside some of the world’s leading events and I’m sure they will be a valued partner as Scotland looks to deliver a truly world-class family-focussed experience at Gleneagles in September.”

Reid, a six-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, said: “I am delighted to be an ambassador for Aggreko and to be a part of their plans for promoting their relationship with The Solheim Cup. Qualifying for The Solheim Cup is absolutely my biggest goal for this year and being selected by Aggreko is a huge boost as I head out to Australia to kick-off my season.”

With just eight months to go, interest in the 2019 match has been unprecedented in terms of sponsorship as Aggreko becomes the latest to join the number of internationally-renowned brands backing The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.

A complete list of partners and sponsors is below:

PING – Founding Partner & Official Apparel Supplier
Rolex – Global Partner
VisitScotland – Global Partner
Scotland, the Home of Golf – Host Destination
Gleneagles – Host Venue
Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental – Official Car /Rental Car
John Deere – Official Golf Course and Turf Maintenance Machinery Event Partner
Ricoh – Official Office Equipment Supplier
Highland Spring – Official Hydration Partner
Carryway – Official Golf Cart Providers
Arena – Official Structures Supplier
Aggreko – Official Temporary Power Supplier

Beyond sponsorship, The 2019 Solheim Cup is experiencing significant interest with thousands of tickets already sold, some ticket categories ‘sold-‘out’ and pre-registration for official hospitality exceeding projections.

European Captain and VisitScotland Ambassador, Catriona Matthew, is looking to return the trophy to Europe in 2019 after an inspired USA team retained their trophy by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points, in front of record crowds in Iowa. Organisers are now aiming to set a new record for a European edition in 2019.

Themes of equality, innovation and experience will be threaded through all the event’s 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 recently significantly enhanced Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which took place as a co-sanctioned LET and LPGA event for the first time last 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.

WEST DES MOINES, IA – AUGUST 19: Melissa Reid of Team Europe hits out of the rough on the 15th green losing to Team USA five and three during the morning foursomes matches of the Solheim Cup at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club on August 19, 2017 in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Participants of the Portuguese International Ladies’ Amateur Championship attending a PING Junior Solheim Cup presentation.

PING Junior Solheim Cup to be played on the King’s Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, the same week as the 2019 Solheim Cup

Qualifying will comprise ten events between 30th January and 17th August, 2019
Lisbon, 30th January, 2019 – The qualification process for the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup begins today at the Portuguese International Ladies’ Amateur Championship, the first of ten counting events, spanning the next seven months.

Girls from countries around Europe will start their quest to earn a spot on the European Team for the biennial contest, which will take place on the King’s Course at The Gleneagles Hotel on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th September 2019.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup is the curtain-raiser to The Solheim Cup, set to be contested over the PGA Centenary Course at the same venue from 13th-15th September.

It promises to be a fantastic festival of golf and entertainment in Perthshire, with world-class action on the course complemented by experiences off it, offering as much for non-sports followers as for traditional golf fans.

The Portuguese International Ladies’ Amateur Championship is being played at Montado Golf Resort, near Lisbon, and is the first amateur event of the season. From here, the qualification journey will take in six more countries across Europe, before culminating at the Girls’ British Open Championship at Montrose Links, Scotland, from 13th-17th August.

Click here for the Draw/Live Scoring from the Portuguese International Ladies’ Amateur Championship.

Mickey Walker, Team Europe Captain for the PING Junior Solheim Cup, said: “I am looking forward to following the results and attending some of the qualifying tournaments later in the year.

“The standard and professionalism amongst the leading European amateurs is outstanding and augurs well for the future of women’s golf. I am very excited to witness the top juniors strive to make the PJSC team and have no doubt that some of them, just like Charley Hull, Georgia Hall and Carlota Ciganda before them, will become some of the global stars of the women’s game in the future.

“I wish everyone good luck in their quest to make the team.”

Eligibility Criteria

• 12 participants
• Participants must be girls and 12-18 years old (born 2001 or later) and must not have reached their 18th birthday prior to 1st January 2019
• Participants must be amateurs and must not be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme
• Participants must be a European citizen (as per IGF National Policy)
• The leading six players from the PING Junior Solheim Cup ranking following the Girls’ British Open Championship will be automatically picked. In the event of a tie for the qualification positions, the selection will be decided based on individual standings on the European Women’s Amateur Ranking
• Six Captain’s Picks
• Performances in all amateur events and the European Women’s Amateur Ranking will be taken into consideration when deciding the Captain’s Picks

Qualifying Events

30 Jan – 2 Feb Portuguese International Ladies’ Amateur Championship
Montado Golf Resort, Portugal

27 Feb – 3 Mar Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship
Club Zaudin, Spain

18 – 22 April French International Lady Junior Championship
Saint-Cloud GC, France
19 – 21 April Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship
Royal Troon GC, Scotland

30 May – 1 Jun Allianz German Girls’ Open
GC St. Leon-Rot, Germany

11 – 15 Jun Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship
Royal County Down, Northern Ireland

18 – 20 Jun ANNIKA Invitational Europe
Vasatorp GC, Sweden

9 – 13 July European Girls’ Team Championship
El Saler GC, Spain

9 – 13 July European Ladies’ Team Championship
Donna Fugata Resort & Spa, Sicily, Italy

13 – 17 Aug Girls’ British Open Championship
Montrose Links, Scotland

About The PING Junior Solheim Cup
The PING Junior Solheim Cup 2019 is to be played at Gleneagles, Scotland, 10th – 11th September, immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, which is staged at the same historical Scottish golf club 13th – 15th September. The PING Junior Solheim Cup is a team match play competition between Europe and the United States, each team featuring the best 12 female golfers aged 18 years and younger. The competition consists of 24 matches – six foursome matches, six fourball matches and 12 single matches. The aim of the competition is to give juniors the opportunity to further their golfing careers by playing match play at a high level and also for the competitors to meet, learn and be inspired by the professional players playing in The Solheim Cup. The 2019 event marks the tenth time the PING Junior Solheim Cup team will be contested, with the US Team currently leading the series 6-2-1.

The PING Junior Solheim Cup was established by PING Chairman and CEO, John Solheim, back in 2002 and has since developed a deserved reputation for showcasing the talents of the world’s best female junior players, with the likes of Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Paula Creamer all playing in the match before graduating to The Solheim Cup.

 

Scottish Golf today unveiled its new Club Ambassador Programme as part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to The 2019 Solheim Cup, the biggest event in women’s golf and one of the biggest in women’s sport.

Working in partnership with VisitScotland and the Scottish Government, who are leading on the delivery of The 2019 Solheim Cup, Scottish Golf’s new Club Ambassador Programme will encourage all golf club members across Scotland to get involved in leading local activities to promote the event ahead of its return to the home of golf in September.

With registration now open for the new initiative, Ambassadors will receive support from Scottish Golf to engage with fellow club members ahead of this year’s event.

Ambassadors will be responsible for:

  • Organising and delivering Solheim Cup events within the club
  • Promoting the Solheim Cup to fellow club members
  • Promoting opportunities to buy tickets
  • Be the key contact within the club for all things Solheim Cup

All Ambassadors will be rewarded with an excellent benefits package which will include two tickets to The 2019 Solheim Cup as well as the chance to win a Club visit from Team Europe Captain, Catriona Matthew with the Cup. Other benefits include access to the PING pavilion at Gleneagles during the event.

Speaking at today’s launch, Team Europe Captain, Catriona Matthew said:

“I was excited to hear about Scottish Golf’s Solheim Cup Club Ambassador Programme. It is a great way to ensure that members of all the various clubs in Scotland have the information they need in order to make it as easy as possible for them to come to the Solheim Cup. Local support will be really important to us in our bid to win the Cup back from the USA, so I am looking forward to this Programme rolling out across the country and I would encourage club members to register their interest today.”

Scottish Golf’s Women and Young People Development Manager, Carol Harvey was also at today’s launch event and is looking forward to working closely with those interested in becoming an Ambassador:

“Today’s launch marks an exciting milestone ahead of this year’s Solheim Cup. With the event just months away, we are seeking applications from club members across the country who want
to join us in sharing the excitement of The 2019 Solheim Cup.

Ambassadors will not only help promote the Solheim Cup with fun, social activities at their club, but they will also have the opportunity to experience the excitement of the event first-hand with every Ambassador receiving 2 complimentary tickets to The 2019 Solheim Cup.”

Fiona Maciver, who will take on the role as Solheim Cup Ambassador at North Berwick Golf Club said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the formal launch of The 2019 Solheim Cup Ambassador Programme. Not only does the initiative allow Ambassadors to engage with Club members, it will also promote the event within clubs around the country to ensure that the home supporters have the biggest presence and loudest voice during the tournament. It is especially pleasing for North Berwick Golf Club to support Catriona during her Captaincy and we wish her and the team the very best of luck to win the Cup back from the USA.”

Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, said:

“I welcome the Solheim Cup Ambassador Programme and am sure it will be a tremendous success. I am confident the Programme will inspire many thousands of golf club members across Scotland to come to Gleneagles in September and help create a fantastic atmosphere to complement the world-class sporting competition, thereby promoting Scotland as the Home of Golf and the perfect stage for major events.”

Scottish Golf CEO, Andrew McKinlay, added:

“Today’s announcement demonstrates a commitment by Scottish Golf and our member clubs to promote The Solheim Cup and help build anticipation for what will be an epic contest. We will work with clubs to provide proactive, on-the-ground, awareness for members and find innovative ways to build up to the world’s greatest women’s golf team event. We are delighted that PING are also lending their support in enhancing the rewards package with some great prizes and tickets to the event.

The Solheim Cup gives us all an opportunity to watch world-class golf on our doorstep and there is no greater role model than Catriona to show what can be achieved with dedication and hard work.”

Gleneagles will play host to The 2019 Solheim Cup from September 9 – 15 with aspirations of making the event the biggest European edition of the Solheim Cup. Tickets are priced from just £10 for adults with Under 16s going free. You can secure your tickets for the family-friendly event HERE.

Full details of the new Scottish Golf Ambassador Programme are available HERE. Anyone interested in becoming a Solheim Cup Ambassador at their club is invited to register their interest by signing up HERE as soon as possible.

Specially commissioned tartan celebrated The 2019 Solheim Cup’s return to Scotland

Solheim Cup stars Danielle Kang and Madelene Sagstrom have unveiled a specially commissioned tartan design to celebrate The 2019 Solheim Cup returning to Scotland in September 2019.

The Official Solheim Cup Tartan has been commissioned by VisitScotland and created by Lochcarron of Scotland, the world’s leading manufacturer of tartan, and comprises a blue, red, yellow and white design to mirror the colours on the flags of Scotland, Europe and the USA.

The unveiling of the tartan comes as both Team Europe and Team USA announce Abacus Sportswear and Jofit respectively as official team apparel suppliers for the 2019 match. The new tartan will be made available to both brands should they want to incorporate it into their designs, as well as featuring in a host of accessories as part of the official merchandise programme.

Alan Grant, Senior Golf Manager with VisitScotland, said: “Two things that are known around the world as being uniquely Scottish are tartan and golf so it made absolute sense to join the two together in celebration of The 2019 Solheim Cup being played in Scotland.

“Gleneagles and Scotland stand ready to welcome the European and US teams in September and while we know the matches will be hotly contested, they will also be conducted in the spirit of integrity and togetherness, which is signified by the team colours being included jointly in The Official Solheim Cup Tartan.”

Madelene and Danielle, who both made their Solheim Cup debut’s in Des Moines in 2017, were presented with tartan scarves to mark the unveiling of The Official Solheim Cup Tartan.

Danielle, a two-time winner on the LPGA including a debut Major win at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2017, said: “The tartan looks wonderful and it has really got me excited for the Solheim Cup in Scotland in September. It was amazing to be part of the team in Des Moines and it’s certainly a goal of mine to be on Juli’s team again this year.”

Madelene, who also twice successfully represented Europe as an amateur in the Vagliano Trophy, added: “It was a dream come true to play in the Solheim Cup in 2017 and obviously I would love to be part of the European team looking to win back the trophy at Gleneagles this year. Scotland is known for its passionate golf fans and it would be really special to play a Solheim Cup there, particularly with Catriona Matthew as captain in her home country.”

VisitScotland’s aspiration is that The 2019 Solheim Cup is the biggest ever European edition of the event with around 100,000 spectators expected at Gleneagles.

 

We are happy to announce that for the sixth time, Abacus Sportswear will return as The Official Apparel Supplier to the European Solheim Cup Team for the next contest, to be staged at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, on September 9-15, 2019.

Catriona Matthew, Europe’s captain and longstanding abacus® ambassador is one of Europe’s most successful golfers. She has made history throughout her career as the only Scot to win a Major, with victory in the 2009 Ricoh Women’s British Open and has played on nine Solheim Cup teams. As a part of the abacus team she is thrilled to continue our collaboration saying: “I love to wear Abacus clothing because it’s so comfortable, but also technical, so it’s ideal for wearing in all conditions. As the captain for next year’s Solheim Cup in Scotland, I can trust that the high-performance garments will let the team move unrestricted and make any rain, wind and other conditions insignificant, so that we can all focus on our golf in the most intense situations.”

Abacus Sportswear is a pioneer of high-performance stretch waterproof fabrics since the late 90s, producing smart, technical clothing which combines Swedish quality and functional design to make sure you can put all your focus where it belongs, on your game. You can count on the fact that every piece is designed to work and move in total sync with the active golfer, on and off the course.As one of Sweden´s strongest golf apparel brands, Abacus is proud to have contributed to Europe’s past Solheim Cup glories and wants to share in another hopefully European success story at Gleneagles. Sven-Olof Karlsson, CEO and founder says: “It’s important to us to show a real contribution to the performance of the European Solheim Cup team and that our apparel exceeds the players’ expectations in terms of function, design and quality. We know from our previous positive Solheim Cup experiences that functional comfort is critical. This is why we concentrate on the details, to ensure that the players can play their best in all weather conditions.”

Chris Mattsson, head of design, added: “As we have done this prestigious project five times before, we know it will be an exciting and challenging task as each event differs, both depending on the captain, who works closely with our design team, as well as the geographical conditions. So far, we will not do any style reveals, but of course, while designing for the Scottish climate we need to be prepared for both temperature changes, wind and certainly some rain. And while designing for Europe, we will definitely stand our ground!”