Today marks six months to go until the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, 9th to 15th September, with all 12 places in the European team still up for grabs.
The final qualifying event for the European team will be the ASI Ladies Scottish Open, 8th to 11thAugust, with Captain, Catriona Matthew, planning to announce her complete team on the Monday following as Europe’s best women golfers seek to seal their place at what promises to be the most attended European Solheim Cup to date.
Dutch star, Anne Van Dam currently heads up the European qualifying list, having won the ActewAGL Canberra Classic earlier this month, placing her in pole position on the LET Solheim Rankings, just ahead of 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion, Georgia Hall, and winner of the year’s opening LET event of the year in Abu Dhabi, Charley Hull.
Van Dam said: “Obviously I still have a long way to go but seeing myself in the top position on the rankings this week is definitely a nice feeling. Getting a win so early in the season is a real confidence boost and I will be doing everything I can from here on in to secure my place in the European team this year.”
Home fans will no doubt be excited to note Carly Booth’s recent and timely return to form after she finished 4thin Canberra last week. The new Ambassador for Women and Girls’ golf in Scotland commented: “I would absolutely love to qualify for the European team in Gleneagles and it is my main goal this year. Hopefully I am coming into form at the right time. I really can’t imagine a bigger honour than representing Europe in front of my home crowd and I am focusing all my efforts on making Catriona’s team.”
European Captain, Catriona Matthew, is looking for her team to return the trophy to Europe after the USA team retained their trophy by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points, in 2017. Matthew commented: “I am excited that we have finally arrived at the six month to go mark. I think the qualifying is going to make for a fascinating build up to Gleneagles as there are so many players who could claim a spot in the team. As the match draws closer it is hard for me to think of anything else, from logistics to outfits to speeches to Captain’s picks. I am loving every part of the process of preparing for what will be one of the biggest sporting events in Scotland this summer. I’m looking for the atmosphere to be as noisy and supportive as possible so I’d urge all European fans to make sure they get their tickets and come along to support the team at Gleneagles.”