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Ryder Cup - Graphic by Wmigda via Wikimedia Commons

Shetland Course Welcomes the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup landed in a whirlwind of excitement as the trophy arrived at Skaw in the Shetland Islands. (Graphic on the right of a wind-swept Whalsay Golf Club by John Dally via Wikimedia Commons).

The cup, hallowed as the pre-eminent team competition in the world, was at Britain's most northerly golf course as part of a pre-competition tour that saw it taken to the most far-flung golf courses in the land to help promote the old game.

Whalsay Golf Club was established formally in 1976 with 12 members. Prior to that, the original three-hole course had been gradually expanded and the layout has changed as time went on.

The course has the distinction of being the most northerly and easterly in the UK and quite possibly the most exposed.

he Ryder Cup is a biennial men's golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition, which is jointly administered by the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour, is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the USA and Europe. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy. The first contest was held in 1921 at Gleneagles.

The Ryder Cup competition will be played at the Gleneagles Course in Perthshire (pictured on the left) between 26 and 29 September. The European team will be captained by Paul McGinley from Ireland. Tom Watson is the captain of the U.S. team.

The Cup is currently held by Europe who won by 14 points to 13 in 2012 at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, USA.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2014

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