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Lochcarron tees up golf’s official Solheim Cup tartan
Catriona Matthew and Joe Fitzpatrick model the tartan
Scottish Sports minister Joe FitzPatrick and European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew have unveiled a specially commissioned tartan during a visit to Lochcarron of Scotland in Selkirk to mark the competitions’ return to Scotland.
The world’s biggest women’s golf event is back at the Home of Golf for the first time in almost 20 years in September when it is played at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, where 100,000 spectators are expected to cheer on the best players from Europe and the United States.
Backed by the Scottish Government, the event will promote the principles of equality, experience and innovation as Scotland leads the world in the development and promotion of women’s golf.
The Official Solheim Cup tartan has been commissioned by VisitScotland and created by Lochcarron of Scotland. It comprises a blue, red, yellow and white design to mirror the colours on the flags of Scotland, Europe and the USA.
Solheim Cup stalwart Matthew and Mr FitzPatrick toured the factory of Selkirk-based Lochcarron of Scotland, where more than 700 authentic tartans have been made, before officially unveiling The Solheim Cup tartan.
Mr FitzPatrick said: “The 2019 Solheim Cup will deliver a multitude of benefits to Scotland including promoting equality across sport and society, showcasing Scotland to the world and inspiring the next generation of young male and female golfers.
“It is also exciting how this event is engaging Scottish businesses and manufacturers such as Lochcarron of Scotland.
“Tartan and golf are two of Scotland’s most famous exports so it makes sense to combine them to commemorate the 2019 Solheim Cup.”
Matthew, who will captain the European side at Gleneagles after nine playing appearances, added: “It’s exciting to see the official Solheim Cup tartan and a reminder that the first tee shots will be hit at Gleneagles in a little more than five months’ time.”
Dawn Robson-Bell, managing director of Lochcarron of Scotland, said: “We were thrilled to be asked by VisitScotland to create a tartan to commemorate the 2019 Solheim Cup. Tartan is historically a terrific way of promoting a unity and togetherness by incorporating colours from different families and clans therefore it is a perfect way to commemorate this match between two teams from Europe and the US.”