RYDER CUP 2016 STARTS TODAY!
The time has finally come! Today starts the 2016 Ryder Cup. The 41st Ryder Cup Matches are being held in the United States from September 30 to October 2, 2016, at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. Europe enters the competition as the cup holders, having won in 2014 in Scotland for their third consecutive win.
Most golfers know about the Ryder Cup but do our kids that are “supposedly” growing the game know enough? As a golf instructor, I think it is important for kids to not only learn about the game of golf but also the history and big events that happen within this great game. I do not have any children of my own yet but I hope one day I will. I want to share personal golf stories and also stories of the past from golf history. I hope to tell them about “The Big Three” in golf during the 1960s, Arnold Palmer “The King”, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing golf around the world. I hope to tell them about Tiger Woods, the world’s famous Nike superstar who has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer. Kids need to know that Tiger is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. He has made history up to this point in 2016. They need to know what a Grand Slam is and what the PGA stands for. Growing the game of golf starts not only with the fundamentals of playing the game but knowing what it means to be a golfer and the history behind the sport.
This week is a great opening into introducing kids into the history by watching the Ryder Cup and explaining what it means to people all around the world. Explain formats and colors and players and the excitement that it arouses among golf fans!
I was fortunate to teach a junior golf clinic yesterday and unfortunately it rained about half way through and we all had to head inside. It was a great opportunity to talk about the Ryder Cup with the kids. I was surprised to find that most of them did not know much about the event. This needs to change! Take time with your kids and help them understand more than just hitting the bar far! I ask this weekend, please get your kids in front of the TV for 15 minutes and watch the Ryder Cup. Make it Fun! Below are a few small questions that I asked my kids during the clinic. Feel Free to use them as a guide to help teach your kids about this historic event being played this weekend! Please help grow the game and keep the sport alive and inspiring to all.
2.) Name one Format in which the players use this weekend? What is a Format?
3.) How often is the Ryder Cup played?
4.) What Country won the Ryder Cup Last?
5.) Which Team do you want to see win this weekend and why?