- Catriona Matthew, European captain, leads the international players at The La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational
- Diversity and quality, key elements in a field with representatives of 27 countries
- Mix of youth and veteran talent in the Spanish Armada playing at La Reserva Club de Sotogrande
126 players, 27 countries, 5 continents. It is a quick numerical summary that, at the same time, offers an accurate view of the diversity present at the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational, the Ladies European Tour event that will be held from the 16th to 19th of May at the golf course at La Reserva Club de Sotogrande. The Cabell B. Robinson’s design will welcome this multinational contingent and will be the stage for an event that might have a significant impact on the race to the Solheim Cup.
Catriona Matthew, European team captain in the 2019 edition of this biennial competition that will be held in September at Gleneagles, will try to swell her record in Sotogrande while closely following the developments of the Ladies European Tour players. The veteran Scottish golfer, who won three Solheim Cups as a player, is looking for her team to return the trophy to Europe after the USA team retained their trophy by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points in 2017.
“I think the qualifying is going to make for a fascinating build up to Gleneagles as there are so many players who could claim a spot in the team”, Matthew commented. The Scottish captain will see first-hand the form of candidates of the likes of Marianne Skarpnord, Anne Van Dam or Meghan MacLaren, the three of them recent winners in the Ladies European Tour 2019 season and well placed in the rankings. She will also be following closely the play of Catherine Hedwall, with six LET titles behind her and also the first player in Solheim Cup’s history capable of winning five matches in the same edition (Denver 2013), an essential contribution in the European victory of that Solheim Cup.
Among the international players, we cannot forget the American Beth Allen, with three titles in the Ladies European Tour and winner of the order of merit in 2016; the Thai Kanyalak Preedasuttijit, winner of the Ladies European Thailand Championship a few months ago, or the Welsh Becky Morgan and Becky Brewerton.
Among the Spaniards already confirmed we must highlight Nuria Iturrios, second this year at The Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic just behind the Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord; Luna Sobrón, third at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, first event of the LET schedule; Silvia Bañón, winner of the Santander Golf Tour 2017 order of merit and brilliant at the Investec SA Women’s Open; Noemí Jiménez, who just got three consecutive top 15 on the Australian and South African swing of the tour; Carmen Alonso, who excelled in the recent Women’s NSW Open; or María Parra, who knows very well La Reserva Club golf course and will play the US Symetra Tour and the main European events.
All of them will face the challenge posed by the undulating fairways and the wide and well-kept greens of La Reserva Club, included in the top ten Spanish courses by the Golf World magazine, and which forms an essential golf triangle in the heart of Sotogrande with the Real Club Valderrama and the Real Club de Sotogrande.
The La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational is sponsored by Sotogrande SA, its owning entity and the founding entity of Sotogrande, and organized by Deporte & Business and the Ladies European Tour. The event will be broadcasted around the world and the Spanish audience will enjoy it live through Movistar Golf, Teledeporte and Andalucía TV.