Ladies European Tour rejects bid to take biennial match to Yorkshire club in 2019
The Ladies European Tour has rejected a bid by Ganton Golf Club, in collaboration with local tourism body Welcome To Yorkshire, to stage the Solheim Cup in England for the first-ever time.
The historic venue, near Scarborough, was expected to make the shortlist of venues to host the 2019 match between the best female players from Europe and the USA.
However, the LET, which is responsible for the contest in the years that it is played on this side of the Atlantic, rejected the English bid, offering no explanation for doing so.
A spokesperson for the bid told the Yorkshire Post: “We presented a strong bid and are of course disappointed that the organisers have decided to proceed with other bids.”
Those other bids are from Scotland and Sweden, each of whom has staged the match on two previous occasions. Scotland intends to take the match to Gleneagles, the host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, whilst Sweden has earmarked Bro Hof Slott near Stockholm, a former host venue for the European Tour’s Nordea Masters, as a prospective host venue.
Ganton has a strong championship pedigree, having staged numerous amateur and pro events since it was founded in 1891, including the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup. Indeed, along with Royal Birkdale and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, it is one of only three clubs to have staged all three of those contests.
It has also staged the English Amateur Championship five times and the English Women’s Amateur Championship twice.
The Solheim Cup, meanwhile, has been played in Europe seven times since it launched in 1990. Scotland, Sweden, Wales, Ireland and, most recently, Germany have all had a shot at hosting it.