Friday, September 16, 2011


As part of the preparation to host the Ryder Cup in 2014, a group of Gleneagles staff and members are heading on a fact-finding mission to Medinah in Illinois, the venue for the 2012 event.
Led by Director of Golf Stuart McEwen and Russell Smith, the Head Professional at the five star resort, the group will spend time learning how the event will be staged and take part in their own Ryder Cup style event playing against their American counterparts.
The idea for the visit was first conceived by Russell Smith last year. He said: ‘Time is moving quickly towards hosting the Ryder Cup here at Gleneagles in 2014 and there is great excitement amongst our own members. Many have played in the States. However, the course at Medinah is quite special and everyone would love to experience the challenges the professionals will face in 2012. The idea has grown from there and we’re delighted that the team at Medinah have welcomed us.
‘The programme has been created to allow us all to experience similar conditions as the teams can expect next year from the course set up and the practice round to the three days competition and prize giving!
‘Medinah was designed in the 1920s by a Scot, Tom Bendelow (pictured), an immigrant from Aberdeen in the 1890s, and I know that everyone there is excited at the prospect of showing off their majestic course to a group of Scottish visitors.
‘We’re particularly looking forward to chatting with colleagues there who are putting the finishing touches to their own preparations and hopefully sharing insights which we can use here at Gleneagles.’
Andy Lothian, one of the Gleneagles members who will travel to Medinah, said: “It is a great honour for us to be representing Gleneagles at Medinah. The history of Medinah is magical – I remember Tiger going head-to-head with a young, leaping Sergio Garcia there in the PGA Championship of 1999!
‘We are all excited to be playing at Medinah next week in a full Ryder Cup format match. We look forward to a convivial and inspiring experience – and on behalf of all of the members at Gleneagles we’ll do all we can to win!”
The team schedule is:
Monday 19th September – depart Glasgow airport
Tuesday 20th September - Practise round
Wednesday-Friday 21st-23rd September – Gleneagles v Medinah
Saturday 24th September – return
During their stay, the Gleneagles team will meet with Medinah Director of Golf, Michael Scully, who will be marking the 12-month countdown to the Ryder Cup on Sunday 25th September, as the Gleneagles team fly home.



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