Junior Development Programme "Ryder Cup"
Our JDP Ryder Cup...The single biggest event of the year! The one that makes grown men buckle at the knees and reduces Juniors to gibbering wrecks (and that`s before they play)…. It’s Adults Vs Kids!
Because of its` success this has now become a two-day event at the end of August and is played at noon on both days, with the adults representing Europe, and the kids USA.
You would think the adults would be a dead cert, but they don’t get it all their own way, and this year was no different…
Day One: The fortunes of both teams ebbed and flowed all day. After 4 games the match was all square but Captain Lloyd Bean`s pairings proved too strong for us Europeans and the USA (Juniors) shaded it by 4-3.
Another innovation this year was the MAC-WES-BEK`s sumptuous Halfway House where my fourball stayed for about 30 mins despite the allotted time being 10!
Day Two: The blue of Europe dominated the scoreboard in the singles matches where greater experience probably was the key over the exuberance of youth.
We had several players in their 70`s who all performed admirably with the surprise victory of Terry over one of our top lads, Harry Wescott. It possibly made the difference between the two teams.
We won 7 of the first 8 games with Matt & EwMac halving. The USA fought back strongly in the tail though, winning every match with Zac, Tommy, George, Erjan & Callum collecting the points in a valiant comeback but alas, too late as the final score was:
EUROPE 10 1/2 v USA 9 1/2
Star player for Europe was Darren Randell and the USA star was Zac Whitaker. Both of them playing in their first Ryder Cup.
Another first this year was the Mini Ryder Cup, with 10 players in two teams taking part, Captained by Ollie Rohtlaan (USA) and Harvey Marshall (Europe) with Harvey’s team emerging triumphant. Another great experience for the next crop of up and coming Ryder Cup players.
The banquet followed shortly after and it was absolutely superb, so many thanks to our wonderful catering staff. Every Junior went back for seconds as did quite a few of the players and guests! Piece de Resistance was again Granny Sue`s Rocky Roads. 80 portions devoured by only 26 players?
No one person makes this a success year on year. What a team we have. A great big pat on the back for everyone!
Ken (Chairman JDP