Europe has assembled a strong international team for next month’s PING Junior Solheim Cup at St. Leon-Rot GC in Germany.
Spaniards, Ana Peleaz, Maria Parra and Marta Perez Sanmartin, Norway’s Sandra Nordaas, France’s Agathe Laisne and Denmark’s Puk Lyng Thomson all gained automatic spots on the European team by claiming the top-six places on the PING Junior Solheim Cup European Ranking and they will be joined at St. Leon-Rot GC by Germany’s Leonie Harm, Austria’s Emma Spitz, Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey, Sweden’s Elin Esborn, Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela and a second French player, Mathilda Cappeliez, who were selected as the Captain’s Picks after the final counting event, the British Girls’ Championship at West Kilbride.
“I am delighted with how things have turned out,” said European Captain Iben Tinning, who played on four European Solheim Cup teams and won six Ladies European Tour titles “I genuinely believe this is one of the strongest teams Europe has ever assembled for the PING Junior Solheim Cup and look forward to trying to win the trophy back from the Americans.”
“I would like to congratulate the European young ladies who made the team and I’m looking forward to watching what I know will be a hard fought PING Junior Solheim Cup event at St. Leon-Rot GC next month. This is an event we are very proud of and further emphasizes PING’s significant and consistent commitment to Ladies Golf,” said John Solheim, the Chairman and CEO of PING and the founder of the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
“I think the fact we’ve got three Spaniards, two French girls plus players from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland in the team shows how golf is developing all across the Continent,” said Ivan Khodabakhsh, CEO of the Ladies European Tour. “It’s very encouraging and the geographic mix augers well for the future of women’s golf on this side of the Atlantic.”
“We are looking forward to welcoming all the competitors to St. Leon-Rot GC,” said Patron of the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup and president St. Leon Rot GC, Dietmar Hopp.. “It promises to be an excellent match against two very evenly matched teams and on a personal level I am delighted Leonie has made the team. That has got to be good for the development of girls’ golf in Germany.”