KHS Ryder Cup Trip

Golf is a sport which unites millions across the globe, with its beautiful courses and its reputation for close fought, exciting medals gripping many. And with all eyes on its oncoming masterpiece, it was only fitting that the 40th Ryder Cup was hosted by its birthplace: Scotland. The prestigious event, which hadn’t visited Scotland for over forty years, lasted for 3 days at Auchterarder’s Gleneagles Hotel PGA Centenary Course, and oversaw the tense, traditional battle between the elite from the United States and Europe, who ultimately went on to victor. On Tuesday 23rd of September, 40 pupils and 6 members of staff from Kirkintilloch High School made the journey to Perthshire to attend the first official day of the Ryder Cup preparation in the build up to the opening day on Friday.

Despite it being only a practice day, the atmosphere amongst spectators on the course was thrilling, with the ever animated American and European crowds cheering and celebrating from the 1st tee, right through to the 18th green on a rare day that saw Scotland with some actually decent weather. Indeed, it was almost as though even Mother Nature herself was delighted to see Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer and the world number one Rory McIlroy among others, as the sun beamed down on the stunning Gleneagles course. The day gave the opportunity for pupils (and a few, probably guessable teachers) to receive autographs from golf’s stars; Ms Ferguson, for example, received that of Miguel Angel Jiminez – a £10 note she has now sworn never to lose. All pupils, golf players or not, found the day an incredible, and thoroughly enjoyable experience. And to thank for it, Mr Greer: Kirkintilloch High’s very own golf fanatic, who made a huge input into organising this trip and making it possible. He also enjoyed the trip, using it as the fantastic opportunity to restock his golf wardrobe in the official Ryder Cup Shop. I doubt any of his purchases however, were as interesting as the tartan trousers he wore on the day.
Alistair McDermid
Ryder Cup