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CATRIONA MATTHEW UNVEILS CELEBRATORY SOLHEIM CUP SCULPTURE AT GLENEAGLES

Team Europe Solheim Cup Captain
Catriona Matthew returned to Gleneagles, the site of her team’s dramatic 2019 victory,
to unveil a special commemorative sculpture called ‘Match’ created by Scottish
artist Jephson Robb.

The special ceremony took place on
Tuesday, April 27 and saw key representatives from Gleneagles, Event Scotland
and PING Europe attend.

Upon unveiling the sculpture,
Catriona, said: “Team Europe’s victory on Scottish soil will always remain
one of the greatest achievements of my career. I’m sure this wonderful
sculpture will also remind the many thousands who visit Gleneagles each year,
of a truly exceptional Solheim Cup I will certainly never forget.”

Jephson – one of only a few Scottish
artists to have work in the permanent collection of the prestigious Museum of
Modern Art, New York – was commissioned to create a permanent sculpture as a
lasting reminder of the event, which saw more than 90,000 spectators visit the
850-acre Perthshire estate, a record attendance for a women’s UK golf
tournament.

At 1.75 cm tall, referencing the
average height of the competitors, the stainless-steel mirror polished
sculpture sits atop a Scottish Whinstone circular plinth which is inscribed with
the names of players, Captains and Assistants and the 14 ½ – 13 ½ final score.
The sculpture is situated alongside the opening tee of the PGA Centenary
Course.

Jephson took inspiration for the
sculpture from the dramatic final moments of the Cup when Norwegian, Suzann
Pettersen, holed the winning putt on the final green for Team Europe – one of
the major sporting highlights of that year.

He commented: “Several times I
watched that final moment of the finesse of a delicate putt that decided who
won and it struck me just how much golf is a sport of two games: powerful
driving and skillful putting. My starting point for the shape was the circular
shape of the golf swing. The overall spherical nature of the sculpture makes
references to the global nature of the competition as well as to a golf ball.
The circular plinth is a direct reference to the hole and, specifically, the
final putt at the final hole that decided the winner.”

The sculpture also contains a
number of hidden elements, namely a Saltire, the profile of a Cup, and two
matching hearts going against each other, a nod to the event’s love and
rivalry. In naming it ‘Match’, Jephson also took inspiration from beyond
The Solheim Cup itself.

“Of course, its name acknowledges
the staging of this truly incredible match play event at Gleneagles, but for
me, ‘Match’ has a number of other important meanings. It represents the strong
bond Karsten Solheim, who’s family founded the event, had with his wife,
Louise; their commercial ‘Match’ with professional golfers when developing
their first PING putters in the 1960s; and, on a very personal level,
Gleneagles is where I married my ‘Match’,”

said Jephson.

Gleneagles, consistently voted the
#1 Golf Resort in the UK & Ireland, remains the only venue in Europe to
have staged both a Solheim Cup and a Ryder Cup (2014). It will further add to
its rich history of welcoming tournaments when it hosts the Senior Open
Presented by Rolex next year (July 21-24).

Conor O’Leary, Managing Director at Gleneagles, concluded: “Jephson’s
sculpture is a fitting and lasting celebration to one of the greatest modern
moments in women’s team sport. We hope many thousands of people enjoy viewing
it and take time to reflect on a truly remarkable event that showcased
everything that is great about the sport of golf and how it continues to
captivate us all.”

Source: Ladies Eurpean Tour