The Senior Ryder Cup men’s team hung on to win back the Pro’s Cup in a ‘colourful’ way.
For the ninth year in a row the Senior Ryder Cup men’s team have faced the Solheim ladies team in a friendly but competitive golf match.
It was a beautiful day for golf, except for strong winds off the lake which often played havoc with the golfers.
Fourteen ladies played the 14 men in seven matches, with 42 points up for grabs, as there were six points available in each match.
This year the men came up with a tactic which likely made the difference in their slim victory. The tactic was wearing colourful and wild outfits instead of their Ryder Cup team blue shirts.
The ladies seemed mesmerized as I and others appeared by the first tee. Their eyes couldn’t believe the clashing of colours that many of us wore. They laughed, but little did they realize the effect it would have on their game. Yes they were mesmerized!
The final result wasn’t decided until the final group came in, and the men won the day by the smallest of margins, 22-20.
Lunch was served on the first tee after the matches, and then came the presenting of the cup to the winning captain. The ladies’ captain, Martha Cruikshank, was gracious in her defeat as she presented the coveted trophy to the men’s captain, Harry Huizer. Tears of joy, clapping and laughter were seen at each table.
Everybody had a great time, as could be seen by the fun and friendly atmosphere at the luncheon and also during the competition.
Many thanks to Jill Wiens and her staff for providing the lunch, and a special thanks also to Ricky Watson, Billy Simkin and their staff for their help.
I can’t wait to see what the ladies will plan next year as they try to regain the cup.