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Bank of Scotland to sponsor Solheim Cup

Bank of Scotland announced today its sponsorhip of The Solheim Cup at Loch Lomond Golf Club from October 6-8, 2000.

The leading Scottish bank, which has been the Patron Sponsor of the Loch Lomond World Invitational for the past four years, joins a list of distinguished companies that will be supporting what is the premier event in women's professional golf.

"Bank of Scotland is committed to developing sport in Scotland and is a keen supporter of golf at all levels," said Iain Feddis, Director of Group Community Relations, Bank of Scotland.

"The Solheim Cup offers an excellent opportunity to see ladies' golf at its very best and we are particularly delighted to be involved in bringing the competition back to Scotland - the traditional 'home of golf'."

In addition to its involvement with The Solheim Cup, Bank of Scotland also works closely with the Scottish Golf Union to encourage the development of young golfers in Scotland through its sponsorship of 'The Bank of Scotland Junior Masters'.

"Bank of Scotland has a deserved reputation as one of the leading supporters of golf in Scotland and we are delighted that the Bank has agreed to sponsor The Solheim Cup in the millennium year," said Tim Howland, Chief Executive, LET.

"Women's professional golf has been enjoying a resurgence in Europe over the past season thanks to the support of businesses such as Bank of Scotland. "Golf holds a special place in the hearts of the Scottish public, while many leading professionals consider Loch Lomond to be one of the finest venues in Europe. I am confident the 2000 Solheim Cup will be the most successful yet."

The Solheim Cup, which alternates between venues in Europe and the USA every two years, features the 12 leading women professionals from Europe versus their counterparts from America. Although American currently leads Europe by four victories to one, the world rankings suggest that the European team has an excellent chance of redressing the balance later this year.

The 2000 European team will be led by four-time Solheim Cup player Dale Reid, who has chosen fellow-Scot Pam Wight to be her vice-captain. Both Reid and Wright can draw on the experience of having already competed in the event.

Scotland's Janice Moodie and Catriona Matthew, who both played in the 1998 Solheim Cup, have a good chance of representing Europe once again, although competition for places this year will be greater than ever.

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