Solheim Cup: Scotland show interest in 2019 matches
Scotland have expressed an interest in hosting the 2019 Solheim Cup.
The country hosted the first home matches at Dalmahoy in 1992 and the 2000 renewal at Loch Lomond, both times Europe being victorious.
In total 10 countries have submitted their interest, the others being Denmark, England, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Wales.
A bidding seminar will take place on Wednesday and the host will be announced following the matches in Germany. If formal bids are made they will be done so in the summer at which point other partners, including the venue and staging partner, would be brought on board.
Paul Bush, chief operating officer of EventScotland, said: “The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles was regarded as the best-ever staging of the event and showed what Scotland can do when the whole country comes together to host a major golf tournament.
“There is no doubt that hosting The Solheim Cup in Scotland would further enhance an already prestigious event and we believe that our history and heritage in golf as well as our experience in hosting major events can set us apart from other nations.”
Bizarrely England have never hosted the competition, something which Dame Laura Davies pointed out at the close of the 2013 matches in Colorado where Europe hammered the Americans 18-10.
“I find it incredible the Solheim Cup has never been played in England. There have been more players from England on the European team than any country except perhaps Sweden. And surely with how Charley (Hull) played and, indeed, with the way Jodi (Ewart Shadoff) played they can the find the backing to stage the event.”
Forest Pines in Lincolnshire failed in their bid to stage the 2015 clash as the German economy and St Leon Rot prevailed for the 25th anniversary of the matches.