On the first anniversary of Team Europe completing one of the most dramatic Solheim Cup victories ever (see video below), Gleneagles announce victorious captain, Catriona Matthew, as its new brand ambassador (holding the trophy in the picture above of the winning European team — photo by LET/Tristan Jones)
Edinburgh-born Catriona, will support a series of exciting future initiatives at the luxury 850-acre Perthshire estate. Including encouraging more families to enjoy the health and social benefits of playing golf, and developing new opportunities for women to take up the game.
“Gleneagles has been at the heart of some very special personal memories for me, including winning the McDonald’s WPGA of Europe on The King’s Course in 1998 and, of course, being captain of last year’s victorious European Solheim Cup team…and that dramatic fairy-tale finish! I am also fortunate to spend private family time at Gleneagles from time to time, enjoying swimming and cycling with my husband and children, relaxing experiences we continue to love. Of course, it is a genuine honour to become an ambassador for such an iconic and special Scottish estate and I look forward to assisting the team with their plans for golf.”
Conor O’Leary, Managing Director of Gleneagles, added: “Catriona is such a natural fit for Gleneagles, from both a professional and personal perspective. Last year’s Solheim Cup created one of the World’s great sporting moments that we will all cherish, but it is also Catriona’s personal connection with ‘The Glorious Playground’, and her passion for spending family time with us, that also makes her a natural fit.”
Catriona is a four-time LPGA winner and six-time Ladies European Tour winner. She will once again captain the European Team when it defends The Solheim Cup at Inverness Golf Club, Toledo, Ohio, USA, in September 2021.
Only European venue having hosted The Ryder Cup and The Solheim Cup
Gleneagles is the only venue in Europe to have hosted both The Ryder Cup and The Solheim Cup. To celebrate Catriona’s announcement and her continued Solheim Cup captaincy in 2021, the resort has introduced a special £221.00 Four-Ball offer, for a limited time: From 16th October 2020 to 30th April 2021 across all three championship courses : The PGA Centenary, The King’s and The Queen’s.
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