Captains mark Year to Go

ClubGolf youngsters get chance of a lifetime to play with McGinley and Watson

Two students from the Scottish Golf Development Centre secured one of the most coveted prizes in golf as they defeated Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson in a unique Captains’ Challenge to win tickets to next year’s event.

Jennifer Allan and Stuart Easton took part in the fun-filled event which took place over Gleneagles' remodelled PGA Centenary Course and marked a Year to Go until the Ryder Cup at the venue.

The day began with a team challenge match in which four regions representing ‘Team Watson’, faced off against their counterparts making up ‘Team McGinley’. This was followed by a ‘closest to the hole’ contest that pitted one boy and one girl from each of the eight ClubGolf regions in Scotland against captains Watson and McGinley.

Richard Hills, director of Ryder Cup Europe, said: “Events like this are at the heart of The Ryder Cup. It shows that golf is a fun, accessible sport for boys and girls of all ages, with the focus on the camaraderie and team spirit beyond anything else.

“We hope that seeing peers competing alongside the 2014 Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson will have helped inspire a whole generation of future Scottish golf stars.”

All of the sixteen participants were selected for the day after applications were invited from Scottish Golf’s Development Centre Programme which operate across Scotland.

ClubGolf manager Jackie Davidson highlighted the importance of the ClubGolf programme to the legacy of next year’s event: “The 2014 Ryder Cup has created some incredible opportunities for children in Scotland, not least the thousands upon thousands who have been introduced to golf at schools through ClubGolf,” said Davidson.

“It is fantastic that the importance of the programme has been recognised by both Ryder Cup captains and we hope ClubGolf and the Scottish Golf Development Centre programme can continue to have benefits for clubs all over Scotland.”

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