Glamorganshire juniors in nailbiting 'Ryder Cup' clash
9:02am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
THE nailbiting climax to a fantastic season for the thriving Glamorganshire Golf Club junior section was their annual three-day 'Ryder Cup' tournament.
With members of the junior section split into Team Europe and Team USA, led by captains 'Machine' Blunsden and 'Spoony,' there were three days of fierce, but friendly, competition.
The first day fourballs went the way of the USA who were fastest out of the blocks to turn the leaderboard red in nearly all the matches. However, a late push from the Europeans ensured they were still in contention preceding the foursome matches.
The second day's weather conditions were horrendous and reminded both captains of the Celtic Manor in 2010 where the rain seemed to suit the Europeans. It seemed home advantage would play a significant factor and, indeed, after nine holes the Europeans were ahead in most matches and set to lead going into the singles. However, the Europeans were undone by their equipment and were soaked through despite having special gloves designed by NASA to improve grip. The Americans had a back nine surge and finished the day with a comfortable eight-point lead.
Like the "Miracle in Medina," captain Blunsden was plotting an historic "great comeback at Glamorgan" and, with over 40 juniors lined up, Team Europe seemed the most confident despite some nervous first tee shots in front of the public galleries and team mates.
As with the foursomes, Europe began strongly to turn the board blue from all over the course but they were unable to sustain their early impetus, with Team USA securing enough points not only to retain the trophy but record the biggest winning margin in 'Ryder Cup' history - at Glamorganshire!
This year's 'Ryder Cup' was played in great spirit and a celebration and presentation took place in the clubhouse for all the junior competitors.
Over the three days, more than 100 matches were played, with 500 hours of golf and 450 miles walked.
For further information about joining the junior section and junior registration, go along to an open night on November 8 from 6.30pm where a warm welcome is assured.