The Ladies European Tour is delighted to formally announce the launch of the bidding process for The 2019 Solheim Cup and PING Junior Solheim Cup Matches.

The Solheim Cup is the greatest women’s professional golf event in the world where teams from Europe and USA compete bi-annually in a tournament identical to the highly successful Ryder Cup. The tournament, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year in Germany, has become one of the highlights of the golfing calendar. With attendance figures surpassing 100,000 spectators and enormous media and television coverage not only in Europe and the USA but across the globe, The Solheim Cup is fast developing into one of the leading women’s sporting events in the world. The PING Junior Solheim Cup is an integral part of the tournament week and played between the leading U18 girls from Europe and USA and staged the same week and in close proximity to The Solheim Cup

Interested parties should contact Mark Casey (mark.casey@ladieseuropeantour.com), European Solheim Cup Director at the Ladies European Tour who will be able to provide further information on the process.

About Ladies European Tour:

The Ladies European Tour (LET) is Europe’s leading women’s professional golf tour and formed as the WPGA in 1978. Over the last 35 years, the tour has developed into a truly international organisation and in 2014 will operate a minimum of 22 golf tournaments in 19 different countries worldwide. For more information, please visit ladieseuropeantour.com

About The Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one’s country. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET).

The Solheim Cup is named in honour of Karsten Solheim, the founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, which makes PING golf equipment. In 1990, the Solheim family, in conjunction with the LPGA and the LET, developed the concept and became the sponsor for The Solheim Cup, professional golf’s international match-play competition for women. Held every two years, the event has grown into the most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event. The Solheim Cup is the most highly coveted trophy in women’s professional golf team competition; some of the most memorable moments in women’s golf have happened during Solheim Cups, and berths on the U.S. and European teams are highly coveted by players from both organisations.

The 2015 Solheim Cup will take place at Golf Course St. Leon-Rot in Germany. The European Team enters the competition holding the Cup and will need 14 points to retain it, with the U.S. Team needing 14½ points to regain the coveted Waterford Crystal prize. The U.S. team holds an 8-5 lead in the series, which began in 1990.

In addition to founding partner PING, Global Partners of The 2015 Solheim Cup include Rolex, SAP and Allianz. For more information about The Solheim Cup and updated standings for each team, log on to www.solheimcup.com