La Manga sole Spanish venue in contention to host 2015 Solheim Cup
Saturday, 07 May 2011
May 7 - The La Manga Club in Murcia is the only venue in the running to bring the Solheim Cup to Spain in 2015.
La Manga is a prestigious golf venue and the club is receiving significant political and financial backing as it attempts to bring the biennial match, staged between Europe and the United States, to Spain.
Andalucia's withdrawal from the process means that La Manga will go it alone in the bid to bring the game to Spain, whilst Murcia has committed itself to hosting tournaments on the Ladies European Tour for 10 years.
Murcia is also preparing to focus its tourism strategy on the event leading up to and including 2015 if La Manga wins the bidding process.
Mark Casey, the Ladies European Tour's director of operations and The Solheim Cup, said: "We would like to recognise the extremely strong political and commercial support of Región de Murcia in its bid to host The 2015 Solheim Cup and for responding so professionally and diligently to the bidding criteria.
"We are looking forward to reviewing all the bidding parties over the coming month and considering their individual commitments to the project."
Murcia's Regional Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Pedro Alberto Cruz, added: "As a region we are committed to bringing The Solheim Cup to Murcia and will do everything in our power to deliver an outstanding event.
"It will be a huge boost to the region's economy and re-affirm Murcia and La Manga Club as the best place to play golf in Europe."
Antonio Ros, general manager of La Manga Club, said: "La Manga Club has hosted numerous prestigious events throughout the years and we're dedicated to making sure The Solheim Cup will be added to those.
"As a resort we are huge supporters of ladies golf and know we have the infrastructure and courses to ensure a first-class event for both competitors and spectators."