JUNIOR RYDER CUP NEWS – DAY ONE – FOURBALLS
Another first at Glamorganshire, as Team USA complete a white wash on Day one with the scoreboard a sea of Red
As the mist rose on a very Autumnal morning, anticipation was high amongst the gathering crowds to see the Captains’ selection of pairings to battle it out on Day One. Team USA all had their customary Red shirts and all flew the Stars and Stripes flags proudly from their golf bags, a typically brash and intimidating approach from the Americans led by Captain Cam who was excited about the prospect of winning away from home and bringing the trophy back to his Florida mansion on American home soil.
In a much more subdued manner, the Europeans turned out in their sky blue with each player wearing a Team Europe pin badge with thoughts of “Seve” and all the European greats that had gone before them. Captain Dan sent his team to the practice area whilst he went around each of the American players to welcome them to this years home venue: The Glamorganshire.
Samuel Ryder would have been so proud to see the impact of his aspirations to bring the two continents together in a respectful way through the power of Golf.
Match One: The opening 4 Ball pairings were juggled around as both Captains were seeking to gain an advantage in the opening match, Captain Cam had put out his favoured pairing of Super Savs and JP, although it hadn’t gone un noticed that USA talisman JP was suffering from some late night exuberations back at his hotel room after the opening ceremony, luckily there was plenty of water on hand to re hydrate the young American party animal.
Captain Dan, in a late move, switched his first pairing to the “in form” Charlie Jones who has proved a bit of a nemesis for JP this season on the USPGA Tour this season and Joe “Mighty” Morris who may not be the longest hitter on tour but his accuracy off the tee and short game should prove to be a good balance to take on the favoured American pairing.
First time European team player, Ralph O`Carroll was partnered with seasoned campaigner Matt George to take on Morgan “the Yank” Crimp and the fiercely competitive Jacob Sweeney. Sweeney with his trademark Umbrella in hand, was prowling around the first tee in anticipation of this mouth watering contest against Europe where he was seeking revenge from last years disappointing results. O`Carroll and George were in relaxed mood chatting to fans and taking in the atmosphere of the Ryder Cup. Some great drives off the shortened first tee and it looked like advantage Europe in match 2 on the first hole although The Yank would have something up his sleeve to silence the home crowd!!
Match 3: The Young Guns of World Golf were on the biggest stage of their golfing careers with both Captains making the decision to blood their young Rookies to get a taste of the event and to settle early nerves.
Some controversy with the Osian being switched from team USA to team Europe at the very last minute, apparently Captain Dan had challenged his residency qualification for USA and discovered a great, great Grandmother from llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!! Playing partner and younger of the George brothers was delighted with the late switch and commented to the press ” With a name like “Osian” how could he possibly be anything but Welsh, i’m proud to have him as my new playing partner”
The American pairing were clearly unsettled by this late controversy and Ryder Cup first timer Ben looked very nervous indeed, however his partner Freddie who comes from a long tradition of family golfers was able to calm him down and calm his nerves before he smashed his drive straight down the middle of the first fairway – Game on!
Match 4: With so many of the experienced Ryder Cup players absent from the Day one squad, it came down to a straight “shoot out” between the two Captains who agreed to play the first and skip the 2nd/3rd and 4th agreeing halves in order to lead the way in the competition and to make sure they finished early to get back out on the course to support their players.
Having watched all his young team drive down the fairway, Captain Cam was under a little pressure to follow suit. However, the pressure of Captaincy was clearly getting to the American and he pulled out an iron to play safe on the first tee, he then proceeded hit his ball no more than 20 yards off the tee into the heavy rough. Seizing the opportunity, lefty Captain Dan took out the big gun and drove it down to within a short pitch of the green but the American recovered well and put the pressure on the European Captain who misjudged the speed of the green and 3 putted to get away with a half – this would prove costly!
With all games underway, starter for the day and Rules Official “Scotty” retired to the clubhouse to rest his brain after trying to calculate all the 3/4 handicap differences in each match – and he`s an accountant!!
All matches were fiercely battled out and after the earlier and much publicised “gimme” or “no gimme” in the Solheim Cup, respect for the tradition of the great game was restored with all players making sure there were “no gimmies” all day!!!
The Americans were too strong on Day one, Captain Dan will need a rethink on his pairings before Day 2 Foursomes, a format which has always traditionally suited the European players. This could be the greatest defeat of all time or do the Europeans have it in them to begin an early comeback?
WATCH OUT FOR THE NEXT PRE- FOURSOMES REPORT FROM MORRIS NEWS AGENCY AT THE (GLAMORGANSHIRE GOLF CLUB JUNIOR) RYDER CUP!