Golf writer Andy Reistetter is joined by Merri Daniel, golf's foremost woman advocate, as they experience an unbelievable day at the 2012 Ryder Cup. Walk the grounds of Medinah Country Club and meet the people Merri and Andy meet outside the ropes.
Experience a day at the most classic of all golf destinations—the Ryder Cup.
Byzantine Clubhouse at Medinah CC.
Scotland, the home of golf, is prepared to host the 2012 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Merri and Andy are pictured here with M.S.P. Shone Robison, a member of the Scottish Parliament (blue), Bernadette Malone (plaid), chief executive of Perth & Kinross Council, and Mike Cantlay, chairman of Visit Scotland.
Merri and Andy with Bernard Murphy, the general manager of The Gleneagles Hotel, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Merri with a couple of Rorys…
In place for the Opening Ceremony…
My new best friendL Irishman Michael McGuniness. Seriously, that is his last name! Most people go to Ireland to drink Guinness, I will go there to visit McGuiness!
European captain Jose Marie Olazabal, only the second Spainard to lead a Ryder Cup team, gave a great speech. Here is a touching moment with a few tears recalling fellow countryman Seve Ballesteros, the winning 1997 captain. Olazabal spoke about his relationship with U.S. captain Davis Love III, saying they both have great passion for the game of golf and to win this Ryder Cup, but will leave Medinah as friends.
American captain Davis Love III gave a great speech, sharing his love for the heart and soul of Ryder Cup golf and the players who lay it on the line for their country. He noted that in this world we need all the friends we can have, and he sees that happening as a result of the fair, honest and intense competition of the Ryder Cup.
After a day at Medinah CC, we headed to the Field Museum in downtown Chicago for the "Bagpipes & Blues" event.
I tried to help out a little with the welcoming American flags as the Blues band played on the steps leading into the Field Museum.
Great event with a reenactment of the Ryder Cup opening ceremony. It was the most bagpipes playing in one place that I have ever seen. Awesome blues band. Go Blues Band…Go U.S.A…Play well Bagpipes…Go Europe!
Chip Beck, Mr. 59 himself, was the master of cremonies for the "Bagpipes & Blues," a charitable event benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Illinois PGA Foundation. On stage with Chip was Joe Steranka, retiring chief executive, and Allen Wronowski, reigning 37th president of the PGA of America.