The Greatest Competition in Golf

The majority of students here on the Hilltop probably aren’t sure exactly what the Ryder Cup is about. I have asked several students here at St. Luke’s what they thought the Ryder Cup was and I’ve received some odd answers. Some thought it was a horse race while others believed it was an amusement park ride. No, the Ryder Cup isn’t a version of the Kentucky Derby or a ride at Six Flags, but a historic golf tournament that first began in 1927 and has thrived ever since.

The Ryder Cup, one of the most contested trophies in golf.

The Ryder Cup, which takes place over three days and is held every two years, pits the best players in America against Europe’s finest.  Twelve players, four of whom were picked by their respective captain, will represent each team. This year, captain for the American team is Davis Love III and the European captain is Jose Maria Olazabal.

The tournament will begin this Friday and end on September 30th. This will be the 39th Ryder Cup and it will be held at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. Team Europe is the defending champions, as they defeated Team USA in 2010 by one match (the Ryder cup is match play, meaning that each match is worth a point).

Captain of the Varsity Golf Team Jacob Henny ’13 is especially excited for this year’s Ryder Cup. “The Ryder cup is amazing every year and this year especially” he says.  “I’d say the two main reasons why it will be great this year is that both teams are so talented. Also, I’m so pumped for Tiger against Rory on the Sunday Single Matches!”

In fact, this prestigious tournament will feature many of the game’s brightest stars, in addition to household names like Tiger Woods (playing for Team USA) and Rory McIlroy (Team Europe).  Such luminaries as Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, and Steve Stricker will represent the USA, while Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, and Graeme McDowell, among others, will proudly represent Europe.

It seems fitting to write an article about golf, since the sport is growing dramatically here at St. Luke’s. The number of people signed up for the golf team in the spring has grown exponentially and I have heard chatter about the Masters, U.S. Open, and PGA Championship in the hallways. When asked how he feels about the growing interest of the golf team at St. Luke’s, Jacob Henny ’13 responded, “It’s great to see so many people interested and its great to know that the golf team has caught the eye of so many people. I am extremely exited for the golf season. It should be one to remember.”

ESPN and CBS Sports experts believe that the USA will win the Ryder Cup this year after last year’s bitter loss in Wales. The USA has lost four of the last five Ryder Cups and certainly the urgency is there. So tune in on Friday and cheer on your country. Tensions and spirits will certainly rise in the pressure-packed fight for one of the biggest golf tournaments of the year.

 — Ben Decatur, Sports Editor


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