Loretto Golf Academy's Eilidh Henderson accepts the honour of hosting the 2019 Solheim Cup on behalf of Scotland.

Scotland is celebrating becoming the next host nation of The Solheim Cup following the official handover to Gleneagles at the culmination of the 2017 event at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in Iowa.

The American team triumphed over Europe in a thrilling contest which showcased the very best of women’s golf and now the responsibility for staging the biggest event in the women’s game rests with Scotland when Team USA will look to defend the title at Gleneagles in 2019.

The official handover was recognised at the closing ceremony of The 2017 Solheim Cup during which Loretto Golf Academy member, Eilidh Henderson and Anna Mackay (Crail GS) accepted the honour of hosting the 2019 event on behalf of Scotland.

Eilidh was chosen to represent Scotland as part of the #Project19 initiative which saw six girls attend The 2017 Solheim Cup as part of Scotland’s delegation to experience a major event and inspire her looking ahead to 2019.

The closing ceremony, which was broadcast worldwide, also featured a performance from up-and-coming Dundee band BeCharlotte to showcase the very best of young Scottish talent in both sport and music.

The 2019 Solheim Cup will take place at Gleneagles from 13-15 September 2019 with the PING Junior Solheim Cup played at the same venue earlier in the week.

The event underlines Scotland’s commitment to supporting women’s golf and growing junior and female participation as well as showcasing Scotland as a world-class golf tourism and events destination.

Well done, Eilidh! What an honour.

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