The La Manga Club resort in Murcia has announced its intention to bring the 2015 Solheim Cup to Spain for the first time.
The renowned five-star resort has until October 29 to submit its full bid but is hopeful it will be viewed as the ideal venue to welcome the cream of Europe and America’s lady professional golfers.
The move reinforces La Manga Club’s commitment to ladies’ golf following its recent hosting of the European Ladies Team Championship, its partnership with the English Women’s Golf Association and its three-year agreement to host the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School from 2009 to 2011.
The Solheim Cup was launched in 1990 as a female equivalent to the Ryder Cup and has grown considerably since, with the biennial event now bringing 130,000 people together to watch the game’s leading female golfers battle it out, as well as attracting a global television audience.
Julio Delgado, CEO of La Manga Club, said: “La Manga Club is one of the most famous golf destinations in Europe and offers the calibre of facilities necessary to host as prestigious an event as the Solheim Cup.
“We are passionate about golf and have a strong pedigree in hosting ladies’ events and the Solheim Cup seems the logical next progression of this. It would be an honour for La Manga Club to host the Solheim Cup. It truly is one of the biggest golf events on the world stage.”
The bid is fully supported by the region of Murcia and Pedro Alberto Cruz, Murcia’s Minister of Culture, said: “The region aims to provide the best international portfolio for women’s golf. We already have some of the best courses in the country and would devote the necessary resources required to make the 2015 Solheim Cup a memorable event.”
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