Report: 2017 Solheim Cup bound for Des Moines, not Manatee County

jdill@bradenton.comSeptember 20, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Concession Golf Club looks like the odd course out in its bid to host the 2017 Solheim Cup, a biennial match play event pitting top female golfers from the United States against their European counterparts.

The Des Moines Register reported that an LPGA news conference scheduled for noon Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, is to announce the Des Moines Golf and Country Club as the host for the event.

LPGA spokesman Kraig Kann said the tour cannot comment on the news conference.

Calls to the Concession Golf Club were not returned.

The East Manatee private club became a finalist to host the prestigious golf tournament earlier this summer. It was reportedly among three finalists for the event.

A winning bid would have brought a large economic boon to the area, with an expected 100,000 spectators coming to the region during the Solheim Cup week.

Last month, Europe defeated the United States in Colorado. It was the first victory for Europe on U.S. soil in the event's history.

Bradenton's Jessica Kor

da represented Team USA alongside IMG Academy alum Paula Creamer, while Europe was represented by Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, who relocated to the Sarasota-Manatee area after a sparkling college career at the University of New Mexico.

The next Solheim Cup is scheduled for Germany in 2015, while the 2017 site was expected to be announced following this year's tournament.

The Concession, which was co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, amped up its profile up in recent years by hosting the Big Ten Match Play Championship and Callaway Collegiate Match Play and won the bid to host the 2015 Men's and Women's NCAA Division I National Championships.

The course was vying to become the first Florida venue to host the Solheim Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1990, when it was held at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando.

The event is typically held in August, which is during the height of hurricane season.

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