Young golfers’ shock as Ryder Cup visits

Children at the Elmwood camp along with their visiting friends from the USA.
Children at the Elmwood camp along with their visiting friends from the USA.

Youngsters taking part in a golfing summer camp were in for an unexpected treat when one of the most coveted prizes in sport arrived their club.

Children at Elmwood Golf Course happily interrupted their coaching session when the Ryder Cup was brought to their camp as part of the ClubGolf 2014 Ryder Cup tour of the national junior golf programme’s week-long camps.

The nationwide camps have adopted a Ryder Cup theme this year ahead of Europe taking on the USA at Gleneagles in September.

The children at Elmwood had the bonus of actually getting to see the cup up close and have their photos taken with it.

The visit of the iconic trophy was timely as Elmwood was hosting students from the USA, as part of the educational student travel project, People to People.

The students from Alabama and Wyoming aged between 11 and 14 were able to line up with their European counterparts and the trophy, as the top professionals will do this autumn.

Martin Richie, ClubGolf’s regional manager for Tayside and Fife, said: “It is an honour to take the Ryder Cup to the Clubgolf camp so the kids can see what is really like as it’s something you usually only get to see on television.

“It couldn’t have been better, having a USA team and a European team lining up together at Elmwood, and the children were so excited to see the trophy.”

ClubGolf is the junior golf programme delivering the Scottish Government’s commitment to introduce every nine year-old to the game by 2014 as a legacy to staging the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Cabinet Secretary for Sport, Shona Robison said: “The return of The Ryder Cup to Scotland for the first time since 1973 is part of a fantastic year of sport in Scotland and an opportunity to develop a new generation of golfers.”

ClubGolf manager Jackie Davidson believes golf’s ultimate team competition to Scotland provides an extra dimension to activities planned by camp leaders and coaches this summer.

She said: “Playing golf and games are a big focus of the camps, but we also want children to learn more about the sport, for instance, understanding the different matchplay formats which are used in the tournament.

The Ryder Cup also visited Elie Golf Club.