Votaw Announces 2009 Solheim Cup Site

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rich Harvest Farms, the prestigious course 50 miles west of Chicago in Sugar Grove, Ill., has been selected as the site for the 2009 Solheim Cup, as announced today by Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Commissioner Ty M. Votaw.
 
The LPGA is excited to bring the The Solheim Cup to such a challenging and beautiful venue, and we are thankful to Jerry Rich for inviting us to Rich Harvest Farms and allowing us to stage one of the biggest sporting events in womens golf in his backyard, said Votaw. We look forward to not only showcasing some of the best players in one of the most spirited competitions in the world, but also to showcasing one of the finest courses in the country.
 
The 2009 Solheim Cup will be the 11th staging of the event, which was started by Karsten and Louise Solheim, founders of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, which makes PING golf equipment. Karsten Manufacturing has sponsored The Solheim Cup since its inception in 1990.
 
Rich Harvest Farms will be a wonderful site for the 2009 Solheim Cup, said John A. Solheim, Chairman and CEO of PING, Inc., and Karsten and Louise Solheims youngest son. Rich Harvest Farms is a relatively new course, but one that has received much praise in a short amount of time. I am sure the players will thoroughly enjoy Rich Harvest Farms, and the total experience will be very special.
 
Rich Harvest Farms was built in 1989 by architect and sole owner Jerry Rich and has already received numerous accolades. In 1999, it was named the fifth-best new private course in the United States by Golf Digest and in
2003 made its debut on Golf Digests Top 100 American Golf Courses.
 
The course represents a true links-style setup with players heading out for nine holes and then back in for the remaining nine. The par-72 design can be played from 6,334 to 7,600 yards.
 
Praise for Rich Harvest Farms is not hard to find. LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Beth Daniel, who has competed in seven Solheim Cups, is already looking forward to the 2009 event.
 
I am excited to hear that Rich Harvest Farms has been selected as the venue for the 2009 Solheim Cup, said Daniel. It is a fantastic facility and one of the best golf courses I have ever played. Players are the finest from the United States and Europe, and this course will challenge them to bring their best game.
 
People can read about Rich Harvest Farms and see how it is quickly becoming one of the nations new gems, but until you get out there on those hills and see those lagoons, you have no idea of how demanding the course is. You gain a whole new appreciation for it, said Mark Rolfing, who recently played the course four times and is a longtime NBC Sports golf commentator who has covered numerous major championships including the U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup. It is a very challenging but fair setup, and one that will make for great match play because of the inordinate number of risk and reward situations. The ladies and fans alike will certainly enjoy the course no matter what the outcome of their team is.