A SPECIALLY commissioned tartan designed to celebrate The Solheim Cup’s return to Scotland has been unveiled.
Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick and European Solheim Cup Captain, Catriona Matthew revealed the design following a factory tour of leading tartan manufacturers, Lochcarron of Scotland in Selkirk.
VisitScotland commissioned the company to create The Official Solheim Cup Tartan which comprises a blue, red, yellow and white design to mirror the colours on the flags of Scotland, Europe and the USA.
Joe FitzPatrick said: “Tartan and golf are two of Scotland’s most famous exports so it makes sense to combine them to commemorate the 2019 Solheim Cup.
“The event 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.”
Catriona Matthew said: “The Solheim Cup is always hugely competitive but played in great spirit between the two teams and I think the tartan represents that perfectly.
“I’m looking forward to as much home support as possible lining the fairways at Gleneagles to cheer on the European players.”
It is planned that the tartan will be included in the official merchandise programme it may even feature in some of the team uniform during the competition itself.
Dawn Robson-Bell, Managing Director of Lochcarron of Scotland, added: “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.
“We look forward to seeing the tartan in the official stores during The 2019 Solheim Cup and we hope fans on both sides will like the design.”
The women’s golfing event, which expects 100,000 spectators, will return to Scotland for the first time in almost 20 years in September when it will be played at PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.