Ryder Cup thrill for St Medan golfers

St Medanhonorary vice president Audrey Simpson with James Matheson, who was the Rydercup's gatekeeper during its visit to the wigtownshire golf club
St Medanhonorary vice president Audrey Simpson with James Matheson, who was the Rydercup's gatekeeper during its visit to the wigtownshire golf club

The iconic and much coveted Ryder Cup was helicoptered into and back out of St Medan Golf Course last Sunday in the space of an afternoon, but left memories to last a lifetime.

The trophy will be played for over the Gleneagles course from September 25-28 between teams from Europe and the USA but before it arrived at the Perthshire course the world’s most famous team golf trophy visited the four corners of Scotland, including St Medan, Scotland’s most southerly golf course.

Just after noon the clatter of a helicopter rotor blades were heard and after it landed on the hill near the second green, the gold plated trophy was piped down the hill followed by wide eyed golfers of all ages, who were amazed to have the actual Ryder Cup at their tiny nine-hole haven.

On a stunning day of sunshine and smiles, everyone there seemed to want their photo taken with the trophy, including men’s captain Jack Fisher and ladies captain Alison Graham.

After sitting on a plinth outside the trophy was brought into the club house for some of the older members to get a closer look, including honorary vice-president Audrey Simpson.

Jack Fisher said: “Sunday was a very memorable day in the history of our small club. Our esteemed visitors saw St Medan Golf Club at it’s very best with glorious weather and a great turnout from our local community and further afield.

“I was very proud to be able to accept the trophy on behalf of St Medan Golf Club and would like to thank our committee, members and supporters for all their help in making this day such a success.”

Alison Graham added: “It was such a privilege being lady captain and to be part of the reception party welcoming the Ryder Cup to St Medan Golf Club. A great day was had by our enthusiastic and friendly members having their pictures taken beside the Cup. On such a beautiful day and the course looking in fabulous condition I hope that it will encourage people of all ages to visit this area and to come and try golf in the Machars of Wigtownshire.”

After leaving St Medan, helicopter pilot Captain Paul Daniels was heading to golf clubs at Machrihanish, on the Isle of Harris, the Shetland Isles and at Braemar, Scotland’s highest golf course, before arriving on the croquet lawn at Gleneagles on Wednesday, where it will remain until the 2014 Ryder Cup golf is decided.