2007 Solheim Cup returns to Sweden
The Ladies European Tour (LET) is delighted to announce that The Solheim Cup will return to Sweden in 2007 and the emphasis will be placed on the event taking on a Nordic wide appeal. The venue for the matches is yet to be confirmed and will be announced later this year.
Ian Randell, Chief Executive of the LET stated: "We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Wales , Ireland and East Sussex National who each presented very strong bids. It was a very difficult decision to take but it is our belief that the development of women's golf in Europe will be best served at this time by a second visit to Sweden with the involvement of the whole of the Nordic region.
"For everyone involved in the LET and the Swedish Golf Federation (SGF) the 2003 Solheim Cup experience was an incredible sporting occasion with record crowds almost topping 100,000 for the tournament week, which included an estimated 10,000 under 18-year-olds.
"Furthermore, there were also 245 hours of television coverage to 177 countries and in total over 500 media personnel were accredited to the event including written press, photographers, radio, Internet and television crews, not to mention the display of some fantastic golf, excellent weather and solid commercial support throughout the build up."
The SGF will once again be the Host and will be joined by the Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic Federations who will each take the status of 'Co-Host'. This will ensure the event will be strongly marketed throughout the Nordic Region and will contribute heavily to the development of the Ladies European Tour and women's golf in general.
The performances of Denmark 's Iben Tinning and Suzann Pettersen of Norway in The 2003 Solheim Cup along with Minea Blomqvist of Finland in the PING Junior Solheim Cup, illustrated the vast contribution to golf by other Scandinavian countries. Thus, the LET will benefit from marketing assistance to the event throughout Scandinavia and, in turn, each Federation will utilise The Solheim Cup in their golf development programmes to encourage the future generation of Nordic Solheim Cup players.
Whilst a fantastic stimulus for women's golf in its own right, The Solheim Cup 2007 will also be the culmination of a three year women's golf programme in the Nordic region with the recently announced Volvo Cross Country Challenge and the LET has agreed that the Federations will become involved in individual LET tournaments to be played between 2005 and 2007.
Ian Randell continued, "The Swedish experience established The Solheim Cup as one of the world's great golf events. Already we are receiving unrivalled support from the commercial world and I can announce that along with founding sponsors PING, both Volvo and ForeningsSparbanken have already committed to become commercial partners in the event."
"In addition to this, both ecco and Rolex have agreed to become official suppliers to the event and we are also in discussions with a number of other companies with regard to them joining the sponsor roster."
John A. Solheim, Chairman and CEO of PING, stated on behalf of the Solheim family: "The Solheims and all of us at PING are very excited about and approve the 10 th Solheim Cup returning to Sweden in 2007. We applaud the event being co-hosted by the entire Scandinavian area. The experience gained by the LET and the Swedish Golf Federation in organizing the event in 2003 will provide a great base from which to grow. With the addition of the Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic Golf Federations as co-hosts, the 2007 event promises to set the bar very high for Solheim Cups that follow."
Christer Orning, President of the SGF, stated: "Naturally this is the best acknowledgement we could get for all the hard work during The Solheim Cup 2003. Now the challenge is to lift the competition to an even higher level than last time."
"The fact that we now also involve the other Nordic Federations in the competition strengthens Nordic golf. Our hope and target is that we will have players from all the Nordic countries in the European team that competes in 2007."
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