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Loch Lomond gear up Ryder Cup bid

Loch Lomond Golf Club, the American-owned course on the banks of one of Scotland's most famous tourist attractions, stepped up its bid to stage the 2009 Ryder Cup on Tuesday.

Keith Williams, the club's managing director, said both the course and venue would meet all the criteria laid down by the Ryder Cup organizers.

The decision about which of the six candidates will play host to the tournament will be announced in September, just before this year's Ryder Cup matches between Europe and the United States at the Belfry.

Three other Scottish courses -- Gleneagles, Turnberry and Carnoustie -- along with Celtic Manor in south Wales and Slaley Hall in north-east England have also expressed an interest in staging the event.

Williams confirmed the main aim was to secure the Ryder Cup for Scotland.

"We remain committed to the Scottish bid as a whole and our second priority is to bring it here to Loch Lomond," he said.

"After looking at the revised criteria which we have recently received -- specifying details about numbers of spectators, car parking spaces, accommodation and tented village areas -- in my opinion, we can certainly satisfy the criteria."

Loch Lomond, which last October staged the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup, is to serve as host to the Scottish Open from July 12-15, the first time the event has taken place since 1996.

Last year the course was the venue for the Loch Lomond Invitational tournament, won by South Africa's Ernie Els, who will be playing in the Scottish Open.



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