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Scotland's on standby for Welsh Ryder
Daily Record, 1 October 2001
First Minister Henry McLeish has ordered officials to
prepare contingency plans to stage the Ryder Cup in 2010.
Ryder Cup for sale more
An unrelenting pursuit of cash has left golf's most
prestigious piece of silverware badly tarnished
Alasdair Reed, The Sunday Times, 30 September
The clouds of economic gloom may be gathering over the
horizon, but a clear blue sky above Wentworth on Friday afternoon suggested
their arrival is hardly imminent. As the sun beat down on the Surrey course,
expensive saloons sat smugly on the gravel of the members' car park,
half-timbered mansions peeped coyly from behind rhododendron and redwood
screens, while the reassuring sound of ice against fine crystal wafted over
from the terrace of the bar.
Green Scots lose to colour of
Alan Campbell examines the many problems that led to a
failed Scottish Ryder Cup bid, and says we must do better when trying to
attract other sporting events in the future
Sunday Herald, 30 September 2001
So, in the end, compromise won. That Wales, with the award
of the 2010 Ryder Cup, got the best of the deal and Scotland, with 2014, the
worst will always rankle with some, but there are serious lessons to be
absorbed if such a debacle is to be avoided again.
The powerbroker who has so riled his home
The executive director of the European Tour has just
made one of the most crucial decisions of his 26-year career
Alan Campbell, Sunday Herald, 30 September 2001
TO those who know Ken Schofield well, his insistence that
the 2010 Ryder Cup be awarded to Celtic Manor in Wales was entirely in
character. Although he played his boyhood golf at Auchterarder, just along the
road from Gleneagles, Schofield's loyalties these days are to the organisation
he has run for 26 years.
Ryder Cup Bid: more
Bank of Scotland threaten to walk away as corporate
backing for 2014 hangs in the balance
Mark McSherry and Douglas Fraser, Sunday Herald, 30
Bank of Scotland is considering withdrawing as the main
private sector backer of Scotland's Ryder Cup campaign because of the
'behaviour' of the European Tour and the 13-year wait Gleneagles now faces
before it hosts the biggest event in golf.
SNP demand disclosure on failed Ryder Cup
Alan Campbell, Sunday Herald, 30 September 2001
The Scottish National Party is to press on with a motion
demanding disclosure of all the 2010 Ryder Cup bid documents and an analysis of
why Scotland had lost the tournament to Celtic Manor in Wales.
To the Manor born, of course more
John Huggan, Scotland on Sunday, 30 September
Well, dont say we didnt warn you. When, in May,
this newspaper first revealed to the nation that the 2009 - now 2010 - Ryder
Cup wasnt, after all, going to be bedecked in tartan, other sections of
the Scottish media were oh-so quick to pour cold water on the very idea.
A week in the life of a Labour
Mungo MacKay, Scotland on Sunday, 30 September
MONDAY, and bad news is about to break. The First Minister
has staked all his credibility (admittedly that is not saying too much) on his
revolutionary policy of transforming Scotland by securing a golf tournament 10
years down the line.
Ryder Cup decision causes outrage more
Auslan Cramb, Scotland Correspondent, Daily Telegraph,
29 September 2001
Politicians in Scotland reacted angrily yesterday to the
confirmation that the 2010 Ryder Cup tournament had been awarded to an
unfinished course in Wales.
We're down but not out - brave face on Ryder Cup
Daily Record, 29 September 2001
Scotland yesterday lost the fight to stage the 2010 Ryder
Cup - but won the consolation of hosting the event in 2014.
Wales wins battle to stage Ryder
Andy Farrell, The Independent, 29 September 2001
Celtic Manor was once a nursing home where its current
billionaire owner, Sir Terence Matthews, was born 58 years ago. Matthews, the
ultimate local boy made good, turned the old house into a hotel in 1982 and a
further £120m later has a resort boasting a new five-star, 400-bedroom
hotel and three golf courses.
Scotland loses the Ryder Cup to
Tom Peterkin, Scottish Political Correspondent, The
Telegraph, 28 September 2001
Scotland's hopes of hosting the 2010 Ryder Cup disintegrated
last night when it emerged that the match is going to Wales.
Scots victim of a stitch-up more
Brian Meek, The Herald, 28 September 2001
The long-awaited decision on the venue for the 2010 Ryder
Cup is likely to be announced today. After days of wrangling, the joint
committee of the European Tour and the Professional Golfers' Association will
award the match to Celtic Manor in Wales, a course which requires to be
radically altered to bring it up to an acceptable standard, with the Scottish
entrants Gleneagles, Loch Lomond, Turnberry, and Carnoustie pipped at the
Scotland loses out on Ryder Cup more
Murray Ritchie, The Herald, 28 September 2001
Scotland has failed in its attempt to host the 2010 Ryder
Cup but will stage the golfing event four years later, it was being predicted
Rain on the parade more
Alan Campbell, The Sunday Herald, 23 September
European golf will hold itself up to scrutiny this week if,
as has been strongly suggested, the Ryder Cup committee awards the 2009/10
tournament to Celtic Manor. Despite strenuous denials to the contrary, key
figures in the sport are now convinced Wales will win the day ahead of Scotland
and the outside contenders, England.
Ryder changes are made more
Brian Meek, The Herald, 20 September 2001
The ever-changing calendar for future Ryder Cups was revised
again last night. This year's postponed contest between Europe and the United
States will take place at The Belfry on September 27 to 29 next year; the
following three matches will go back a year as well, to 2004, 2006, and
Obsession with golf will sink our
Pat Kane, The Sunday Times, 26 August 2001
The toe-curling embarrassment that is "Team McLeish" is
unabated. This week, their greatest triumph of statecraft: an £80m bid
for a 2009 golf tournament which would put a "club in the hands of every child
Poisened Chalice more
Lauren St John, The Sunday Times Magazine, 26 August
On the final day of the Ryder Cup at the Country Club in
Brookline, Massachusetts, in September 1999, Sergio Gomez laboured up the hill
that led to the 14th green, straining to catch a glimpse of his client and best
friend, Jose Maria Olazabal, who was locked in battle with the American player
Justin Leonard. Ordinarily, the crowd would have been enthusiastically
patriotic but respectful of both players and teams. But that day, it seemed to
Gomez there was poison in the air. Suddenly, a blood-curdling chorus went up
from the gallery. Gomez admits he felt actual fear. 'As [Jose was] walking up
the hill, the spectators were chanting, ' Kill him, kill him, kill him!' I was
quite shocked. It was not ' Beat him,' it was not ' Win this match' or ' Come
on, keep going,' it was, ' Kill him,' like in the Roman gladiator circus.'
Big guns give Scots campaign
Alan Campbell, The Herald, 26 August 2001
When Scotland's bid to host the 2009 Ryder Cup climaxed at
Stirling Castle on Thursday night with a three gun salute from Sir Sean
Connery, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Jackie Stewart, the man charged with oiling
the cannon lifted his head above the parapet. 'I genuinely believe we will
win,' said Alastair Dempster, the chairman of sportscotland who was drafted in
to head up the Scottish bid in April, giving the campaign much-needed
St Andrews withdraws as Ryder
The Courier, 24 February 2001
There was shock news in St Andrews yesterday with the
announcement that the golf town has withdrawn its submission to host the 2009
Ryder Cup on the world-famous Old Course.
Ryder Cup bids to be trimmed more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 24 February 2001
Scotland's list of candidates for the 2009 Ryder Cup will be
trimmed back again next week after St Andrews confirmed their decision
yesterday to withdraw the Old Course as a potential venue.
St Andrews pulls out of Ryder Cup
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 23 February 2001
St Andrews is to notify the organisers of Scotlands
Ryder Cup bid that it is pulling out of the contest to stage the 2009 match
between Europe and the USA.
Gleneagles now top of Ryder list more
Ian Broadley, The Herald, 21 February 2001
The Scottish Executive will be told that its strategy to
secure the 2009 Ryder Cup must be changed to enhance the prospects of the
biennial event returning to the home of golf.
Axe hangs over links in Scottish Ryder Cup
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 21 February 2001
The three links courses which are part of Scotlands
Ryder Cup campaign for 2009 face the axe from the bid this spring following a
request from the match committee to reduce the number of potential venues.
Ryder Cup feast has too many
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 21 February 2001
Scotland has been advised to prune the number of venues
hoping to stage the Ryder Cup in 2009. Action is expected to be taken by early
April, when the Ryder Cup committee will look for the Scottish bid to be
reduced to one or two candidates around the time the Masters unfolds in
Individual proposals for Scottish cup
The Courier, 17 February 2001
The Long-running saga of where the 2009 Ryder Cup will be
held took another twist yesterday.
Gleneagles on course for greater things
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 17 February 2001
Gleneagles place at the heart of Scottish golf was
enhanced on two fronts yesterday when it was revealed the £500,000 WPGA
International Match Play championship will be held in September on the
Ladies European Tour, a month before the Scottish region of the PGA moves
into its new headquarters on the grounds of the Perthshire hotel.
Verdict on 2009 delayed more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 14 February 2001
A decision on which country will host the 2009 Ryder Cup
match, and which course, will be disclosed in September - probably in the week
of the 34th match between Europe and the US at the Belfry.
A fair way to go more
Editorial, The Scotsman, 12 February 2001
When the Scottish executive chose to omit Muirfield when
backing potential venues for the 2009 Ryder Cup on account of the golf
clubs men-only membership policy, that blow on behalf of sexual equality
only hit the tip of the iceberg. Sex discrimination remains rife in the game of
golf, where women often find themselves treated as second-class citizens, both
in the clubhouse and on fairway.
Golf: Ryder in a storm of
As the battle to host the 2009 Ryder Cup hots up, Alan
Campbell reports on the setback to Scotland's hopes following the confusion
over the bidding process
The Sunday Herald, 11 February 2001
Two interested spectators at Hampden last Wednesday night
for the CIS Cup semi-final between Celtic and Rangers were Scotland's First
Minister, Henry McLeish, and Sandy Jones, chief executive of the Professional
New delay to Ryder Cup bid more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 9 February 2001
The bidding procedure for the 2009 Ryder Cup was in danger
of losing credibility yesterday after the goalposts on when a final decision
about which country will host the match were moved yet again.
No rush to decide venue more
The Courier, 9 February 2001
No decision over the 2009 Ryder Cup venue will be made until
at least July, chief executive Sandy Jones has announced.
Executive boost for Ryder bid more
Steve Bargeton, Political Editor, The Courier, 8 February
Scotland's bid to host the 2009 Ryder Cup was given a
£750,000 boost by the Scottish Executive yesterday.
Scotland's Ryder Cup hopes
Andy Farrell, The Independent, 8 February 2001
The Scottish Open, defunct since 1996, will return to the
European Tour after receiving backing from the Scottish Executive as part of
its bid to stage the 2009 Ryder Cup.
Scotlands Ryder Cup campaign gets cash
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 8 February 2001
As the organisers of Scotlands Ryder Cup bid
yesterday delivered tangible evidence of support by pouring £750,000 into
professional tournaments over the next 12 months, it emerged that the home of
golf is preparing to deliver a bonanza. Events worth nearly £7million in
prizes this year and up to £10million in 2002, when the Open Championship
returns to Muirfield, will focus attention on Scottish golf.
Scotland inspired by new battle of
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 8 February 2001
With compatriots Ken Scotland and Andy Irvine, Gavin
Hastings enjoys a deserved reputation as one of the most ebullient full-backs
to play international rugby. One responsibility as captain of Scotland and the
Lions was to turn defence into attack, a trick he hasnt forgotten now his
job is to mastermind Scotlands bid for the 2009 Ryder Cup.
Scots keep their fingers crossed more
Lewine Mair, The Telegraph, 7 February 2001
Colin Montgomerie was on hand at St Andrew's House in
Edinburgh yesterday to push for the 2009 Ryder Cup to be played in his
homeland. Not for the first time he was asked if, in the event of Scotland
being chosen, he expected to be there as player or captain.
Investment adds much weight to the case for
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 7 February 2001
Like a jockey applying the whip in the home straight,
Scotland will hope to gain an advantage over their rivals in the race for the
2009 Ryder Cup with an announcement today about substantial investment in a
programme of professional golf events.
Lewis all out to club rivals for
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 7 February 2001
It's his mellifluous voice which charms you into thinking
what a wonderful idea it would be to award the 2009 Ryder Cup to Wales. The
only Welshman ever to captain England at cricket , Tony Lewis still talks the
good game which made him part of the furniture on Test Match Special.
Foster aims to keep north-east in
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 6 February 2001
As a long-distance runner, Brendan Foster knew all about
loneliness. What the former Gateshead Harrier found more alarming when he hung
up his spikes was the sense of isolation which gripped his home in the
north-east of England. The region was an international sporting wasteland.
Welsh suspect Ryder Cup bid is
Even allowing for the Welsh love of conspiracy theories,
the whole process appears to be much less than the simple, straightforward
procedure it should be
Peter Corrigan, The Independent, 4 February 2001
This is the weekend when the Welsh thought they would be
celebrating a great victory; if not in the Millennium Stadium then in the
battle to stage the 2009 Ryder Cup between Europe and America. Instead, they
are consumed by the growing suspicion that they have been led on a £1
million walk up the garden path.
Galbraith drives home youthful exercise as part of Ryder
Cup bid more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 1 February 2001
A decision on which country will be awarded the right to
host the 2009 match between Europe and America is not expected to be reached at
this months meeting of the Ryder Cup committee. Instead, the successful
bid is more likely to be identified in the spring.
Scots one up in Ryder Cup race more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 24 January 2001
Scotland's bid to host the 2009 Ryder Cup will be boosted by
concerns that the Welsh submission is flawed by a venue which currently fails
to meet course requirements for the biennial contest between Europe and the
Terry Matthews shoots up list of richest in
Anna Meredith, Western Mail, 22 January 2001
Terry Matthews's fortune enjoyed phenomenal growth last
year, making him the 11th richest person in Britain.
Park chiefs back tournament bid more
Nick Parry, South Wales Evening Post, 11 January
Coastal Park chiefs in Llanelli have given their full
support to the Welsh bid to stage golf's Ryder Cup in 2009.
Ryder Cup makes a pitch for
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 10 January 2001
Bringing the Ryder Cup to the home of golf in 2009 will play
a significant role in helping to eliminate sexism from the sport, according to
Gavin Hastings, who is fronting Scotlands bid.
Ryder-chasing Wales to 'sweep away
Andy Farrell, The Independent, 10 January 2001
Having secured the FA Cup final for Cardiff's Millennium
stadium for the next three years, Wales yesterday stepped up their campaign to
stage the Ryder Cup in the Principality for the first time in 2009. First
Minister Rhodri Morgan attended a press conference at Rhondda GC which promised
to "sweep away sexism and élitism" from Welsh golf.
Scots must dig in to win Ryder
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 21 December 2000
One of the pledges made by Scotland in the submission to
win the 2009 Ryder Cup match was a commitment to back a long-term programme of
professional events in the build-up to the contest against the Americans.
Plan to make every Scots child a
Ambitious project linked to nations Ryder Cup
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 14 December 2000
A Scottish golf tsar is to be appointed who will be charged
with the responsibility of implementing the ambitious plan to introduce every
child in the land to the game before the age of nine.
Ryder bid taken to ramparts more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 21 November 2000
Scotland rolled out the red carpet last week for Ryder Cup
officials when a was held at Edinburgh Castle.
'Five-Iron' Mike reigns in Spain more
Extract, Graham Spiers, The Scotsman, 12 November
The story of the week certainly belongs to a man whom I
regard as a good friend as well as a most excellent cook - Mike
Five-Iron Aitken of The Scotsman.
Kingsbarns bids to be 2009 Ryder Cup
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 11 November 2000
Kingsbarns, the course located near St Andrews which has
won acclaim as the last great Scottish links, made an offer this week to host
the 2009 Ryder Cup should Scotland be selected as the venue for the match
between Europe and America.
Woods wants a slice of US Tour's TV
show a £1.7m loss on the last Ryder Cup in Boston
Extract, Ian Broadley, The Herald, 8 November
.....Player-power in Europe will succeed in gaining an
independent audit of that Tour's accounts.
Coltart's case for Scotland more
Ian Broadley, The Herald, 8 November 2000
Coltart is adamant that the 2009 Ryder Cup must return to
Scotland because its rightful claims have been ignored for 27 years.
Ryder Cup claim is premature more
The Courier, 8 November 2000
A report that Gleneagles has been given a nudge and a wink
to suggest it will be awarded the 2009 Ryder Cup appears to be a fairways
width off the mark, as the Perthshire golfing resort does not even yet have a
bid on the table to be considered.
Woods backs Scotland bid to host Ryder
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 8 November 2000
Tiger Woods, the world's leading golfer, has given his
backing to Scotland's bid to host the Ryder Cup in 2009.
Tiger pitches in more
Editorial, The Scotsman, 8 November 2000
You can already place a bet on Tiger Woods becoming
president of the United States in 2016, a sign of the place he has won himself
in his countrys national psyche. His popularity is hardly surprising -
Woods, after all, is arguably the greatest exponent of golf we have ever seen
and one of the finest sportsman in the world.
Europes leading players call for Tour
Extract, Mark Garrod, The Scotsman, 8 Nov 2000
The European Tour is being petitioned by some of its biggest
players - Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood included
- to submit its multi-million-pound finances to outside auditors.
Gleneagles Ryder Cup victory
Rumours golf event will be in Scotland 'pure
thisissouthwales.co.uk, 7 November 2000
Ryder Cup chiefs have denied reports that Scotland's
Gleneagles course will host the 2009 tournament.
Gleneagles will be venue for 2009 Ryder
Ian Broadley, The Herald, 7 November 2000
Scotland is set to celebrate in the New Year by being
awarded the 2009 Ryder Cup with Gleneagles the venue for the biennial contest
against the USA.
Coltard adds extra weight to game
Extract, Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 7 November
.....Talk of the Ryder Cup leads to Scotlands bid for
the match in 2009. As a patriot, Coltart is optimistic the match will return
north of the Border for the first time since 1973.
Lewis a driving force for beloved
Martin Johnson, The Telegraph, 4 November 2000
IT is quite some time now since we watched Tony Lewis
introducing cricket on the BBC with that trademark "lovely day here at Lord's"
welcome of his - a comfy armchair delivery which never varied whether England
were about to resume on 200 for nought or 35 for eight.
Waiting on Ryder dream more
Normal Lewis, thisissouthwales.co.uk, 3 November
Terry Matthews and his loyal coherts will have fingers
crossed for another three months before the millionaire Gwent entrepreneur
knows if his dream of a momentous Welsh sporting first is to come true.
Slaley Hall launches Ryder Cup
thisissouthwales.co.uk, 1 November 2000
A multi-million pound bid to bring golf's most prestigious
competition to the North-East has been launched.
Blair stands ground over Ryder Cup
Bruce McHenry, The Scotsman, 1 November 2000
Tony Blair refused to withdraw from the Ryder Cup fray
yesterday after being criticised for supporting Englands bid to host the
Blair caught up in Ryder Cup bid
Steve Bargeton, Political Editor, The Courier, 1 November
Scotlan'd bid to host the 2009 Ryder Cup was officially
launched yesterday amid a major political row over Tony Blairs backing
Martin Clarke, The Scotsman, 31 October 2000
Some of my best friends are golfers, they really are, but
theres something deeply spooky about them. Not content with spending
their days whacking a wee white ball around the countryside with big sticks,
they want everyone else to do it too.
R J Ritchie, Letter to Editor, The Scotsman, 31 October
At last! After a hesitant and stumbling beginning, we now
have a vision for Scotland commensurate with the hopes and expectations
invested in our parliament. The Scottish Executive has announced (your report,
27 October) that every child under nine in our brave, new devolved nation will
have the opportunity to play a round of golf!
English bid unveils Blair as premier
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 31 October 2000
The Scots already knew they had a fight on their hands to
secure the 2009 Ryder Cup. Just how much of a battle became plain yesterday
when the north-east of England officially threw its hat into the ring with a
bid backed by Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, and £40 million in
We're teed off, Tony more
Flak for PM over Ryder Cup backing
The Daily Record, 31 October 2000
Tony Blair sparked outrage last night by backing England's
bid to steal the 2009 Ryder Cup from favourites Scotland. The bid is a direct
challenge to Scotland's bold pounds 30 million bid to bring the Cup to the home
of golf. Politicians last night attacked the PM for throwing his weight behind
the efforts to stage the match between Europe and America's top golfers at
Slaley Hall in Northumberland.
Golf - North East primes bid more
John Hopkins, The Times, 31 October 2000
The North East of England formally threw its hat into the
ring yesterday to stage the 2009 Ryder Cup at Slaley Hall. Given the high
profiles of the bids from Wales and Scotland, Englands bid has been
Blair backs bid to take Ryder Cup to
Andy Farrell, The Independent, 31 October 2000
The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, albeit as a humble MP for
Sedgefield, has backed Slaley Hall's bid to stage the Ryder Cup. The
Northumberland course is at the centre of the English campaign to host the
match in 2009, although, with Scotland and Wales also bidding, the head of the
Her Majesty's Government should be on to a winner whatever.
North-east bids for Ryder Cup more
David Davies, The Guardian, 31 October 2000
English golfing organisations are prepared to put up
£40m in an attempt to attract the 2009 Ryder Cup to the Slaley Hall
course in Northumberland. The bid, announced by the chairman of Sport England
Trevor Brooking yesterday, tops by more than £10m that tabled by Scotland
last week but may not match the final bid, from Wales, which will be announced
Golf: Welsh leaders back Ryder cup
The South Wales Argos, 31 October 2000
Major figures from across the political spectrum were today
throwing their weight behind the bid to bring one of the worlds biggest
sporting events to Wales.
One Mans Ambition - Peoples
The Western Mail , 31 October 2000
Wales submits its bid for the 2009 Ryder Cup today in the
confident knowledge no more could have been done to bring golfs most
prestigious team tournament to this country for the first time.
Golf - Scotland and Wales pour fortune into fight for
2009 Ryder Cup more
John Hopkins, The Times, 30 October 2000
Wherever you go in golf these days it is impossible to avoid
tripping over the Ryder Cup. If it is not the event at Brookline last year then
it is next years at The Belfry. Now attention turns to the 2009 Ryder
Cup, with bids to be the host country to be received by the Professional
Golfers Association (PGA) by midnight tomorrow.
England unveil Ryder Cup bid more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 30 October 2000
North-East Englands bid for the 2009 Ryder Cup will be
launched in London today with the support of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as
well as official backing from the English Sports Council.
Scotland holds Ryder aces more
With superb facilities, Scotland should be favourite to
stage the 2009 Ryder Cup
Alasdair Reid, The Sunday Times, 29 October 2000
A high pass over Carnoustie, a quick blast south towards St
Andrews, west for lunch at Gleneagles and then a figure-of-eight above Loch
Lomond,followed by a trip down the Clyde coast for afternoon tea at Turnberry.
From a helicopter 600 feet in the air, the menace of Carnoustie, the aching
loveliness of Loch Lomond and the plump fruitfulness of Gleneagles becomes
Hastings drives Scots bid more
Martin Hannan, Scotland on Sunday, 29 October
At first sight, Gavin Hastings seems an unlikely
revolutionary. A former pupil of George Watsons College and a Cambridge
University blue, Hastings led Scotland and the British Lions to victory on the
Wales and Scotland set for Ryder
A billionaire takes on the home of golf as the bidding
to stage one of Europe's premier team events in 2009 gets serious
Derek Lawrenson, Sunday Telegraph, 29 October
On Tuesday four hefty tomes will arrive at the headquarters
of the Professional Golfers' Association at The Belfry detailing the bids of
the countries hoping to host the 2009 Ryder Cup.
Golf lessons for children aged nine 'a
Nick Britten, Scotland Political Correspondent, The
Telegraph, 27 October 2000
The Scottish Executive faced accusations of "governing by
gimmick" yesterday after pledging to teach every child how to play golf by the
age of nine.
Young golfers more
Editorial, The Courier, 27 October 2000
In a concerted bid to strengthen the already immense
popularity of golf, the Scottish Executive and Bank of Scotland are putting up
£24 million for development of the game and securing the Ryder Cup in
2009. Every child will get the chance to swing a club by their ninth
Executive tees up youth golf
The Courier, 27 October 2000
Every Scottish child is to be introduced to golf by the age
of nine, under plans announced yesterday as part of a bid to host the Ryder Cup
£30m bid to find future
Ian Broadley, The Herald, 27 October 2000
A £30m drive was launched yesterday to secure the
2009 Ryder Cup and develop golf in Scotland over the next decade.
Lawrie: Give us the Ryder Cup more
The Daily Record, 27 October 2000
Former Open champ Paul Lawrie reckons bringing the 2009
Ryder Cup to Scotland would mean more to him than his Carnoustie triumph last
Ryder Cup: Scotland adopt a lofty
Lewine Mair, The Telegraph, 27 October 2000
Scotland's bid to hold the 2009 Ryder Cup yesterday reached
fresh heights, with helicopters whisking interested parties around the five
Scottish courses which would like to be considered as venues. The courses are
Loch Lomond, Turnberry, Carnoustie, St Andrews and Gleneagles.
On the right course more
Editorial, The Scotsman, 27 October 2000
It is always a pleasure to report government in swing with
popular opinion. Yesterdays announcement by the Scottish executive of
substantial financial support for Scotlands Ryder Cup bid will be warmly
welcomed by everyone with the nations best interests at heart.
Why Scotland is pulling out the stops to cash in on the
Ryder Cup jamboree more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 27 October 2000
Scotland promised yesterday to spend around £30
million of public and private money in a bid to bring the 2009 Ryder Cup to the
home of golf for the first time since the match was held at Muirfield in
Homecoming for golf that's long
Former Ryder Cup player and captain believes that the
time is right for the event to return to his native Scotland.
Bernard Gallacher, The Scotsman, 27 October 2000
I played in the Ryder Cup when it was last held in Scotland
back in 1973, at Muirfleld, and although the event was fairly successful, I
dont have the best of memories of what happened.
Ryder Cup will not be auctioned more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 27 October 2000
Claims that the Ryder Cup was for sale to the highest bidder
were dismissed yesterday by a leading golf official who insisted that the main
purpose of the bidding process for the 2009 match was to enhance the game.
Money a hot topic right from the beginning
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 27 October 2000
When the inaugural Ryder Cup was staged at Worcester Country
Club in Massachussets during the summer of 1927, the event was not so much a
moneyspinner as a money-drainer, writes Mike Aitken.
Matthews ready to roar more
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 27 October 2000
Beware the Welsh dragon. Perhaps the greatest threat to
Scotlands hopes of holding the match in 2009 lurks in the valleys where
Britains most secretive billionaire hopes the Ryder Cup will be to the
Wales pins its latest tourism drive to the Ryder
A billionaire's dream could attract golf's transatlantic
contest - and big economic benefits
John Cassy, The Guardian, 27 October 2000
A consortium fronted by former England cricketer Tony Lewis
and backed by the Welsh Development Agency will submit a bid tomorrow to the
Professional Golfers Association, the sport's governing body, to host the Ryder
Cup in Wales in 2009. The tournament between Europe and America takes place
once every two years.
Scots return to grassroots as Ryder Cup D-day
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 26 October 2000
Scotland's bid to secure the 2009 Ryder Cup, which will be
launched today, goes far beyond the criteria set by the organising committee
for staging the biennial match between Europe and the USA.
Zeta-Jones v Scots as Golf war heats
The Ryder Cup ... will it be a battle of the cheque
Sunday Herald, 22 October 2000
The golf war between Scotland and Wales over the right to
host the 2009 Ryder Cup will move into frontline combat this week.
Golf: Much to play for in keeping Ryder Cup bid on
Alan Campbell, Sunday Herald, 22 October 2000
The final shots will be played this week as the preparations
for Scotland's bid to host the 2009 Ryder Cup are completed. Not without a
whiff of controversy, though, as a national newspaper has called for Muirfield
to be dropped from the list of nominated courses as it is a men-only club.
Men-only Muirfield dropped from 2009 Ryder
Donald Walker, The Scotsman, 21 October 2000
Muirfield will no longer be part of Scotlands bid to
host the 2009 Ryder Cup, because of fears that the presence of the men-only
golf club will have a negative effect on what is otherwise considered to be a
very strong representation.
Drop Muirfield for sake of international
The Scotsman, 20 October 2000
If Scotland is to host the Ryder Cup, it would bring to this
country one of the greatest events in international sport, and with it the
prestige and honour that will be the envy of the world in 2009.
Scots eye £67m Ryder
Donald Walker, The Scotsman, 20 October 2000
A successful bid to host the Ryder Cup would create a
spin-off for the Scottish economy of at least £67 million, it has
Golf challenge for Scotland more
Editorial, The Scotsman, 20 October 2000
Only once since the Ryder Cup was first played in 1927 has
it been held in Scotland, the very home of the game of golf. That was 27 years
ago in 1973 - almost a generation ago. But now we have a very good chance of
hosting the next Ryder Cup, provided that Scotland - and especially the
Scottish executive - can present a confident, professional and determined case
to the Ryder Cup Committee over the next decisive weeks.
Wales pitches in for Ryder Cup more
Andy Farrell, The Independent, 20 October 2000
Catherine Zeta Jones will do a photocall. The Manic Street
Preachers have been on the phone asking how they can help. Support for the
Welsh bid to stage the 2009 Ryder Cup has been pouring in from all directions.
Brian Huggett, the 1977 captain, and the rugby legends Gareth Edwards, Gareth
Davies and Jonathan Davies are among those heavily involved. "I have never
known a response like it," said Tony Lewis, the bid chairman. "The Rugby World
Cup was great but everyone wants to be involved in this."
Muirfield leaves it late to join race for Ryder
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 10 October 2000
Muirfield, the club which hosted the Ryder Cup on the one
previous occasion when the match with the Americans was held in Scotland in
1973, has thrown its hat into the ring again to stage the 2009 contest.
Golf complex plan unveiled more
Rachel Misstear, Carmarthen Journal,
thisissouthwales.co.uk, 30 August 2000
A £1m leisure and timeshare holiday complex, which
could bring massive spins offs to Carmarthen, is under threat.
Scotland's most exclusive club may have to change course
to win the Ryder Cup more
Paul Forsyth, Scotland on Sunday, 9 July 2000
Somehow it ill behoves the artists who have sculpted from
the banks of Loch Lomond a masterpiece of golfing architecture to follow
footballs populist bandwagon down the tawdry path to world-wide
recognition. Yet, after the shameless politicking prompted by the 2006 World
Cup and frenetic debate over whether Scotland should bid for Euro 2008, the
countrys most exclusive golf club is holding nothing back in its attempt
to host another of sports money-spinning festivals.
Golf - No magic this time as the Dragon runs out of
David Evans, The South Wales Evening Post, 12 June
For around three and a half days, the Dragon had stormed
around his patch swatting away the challenges of those from across the Bridge
Solheim Cup to be Ryder trial run more
Lewine Mair, The Telegraph, 20 April 2000
This year's Solheim Cup at Loch Lomond is being seen in some
quarters as a trial run for the Ryder Cup. At a press conference at the venue
yesterday, Rhona Brankin, Scotland's Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport,
explained that the Scottish Executive is endeavouring to put together a bid for
the Ryder Cup in 2009.
Ryder Cup: The cash secrets behind Cup
The real reasons why Ireland and Scotland have been
denied golf's biggest prize
Derek Lawrenson, The Telegraph, 28 October 1996
It is a question all Ireland and Scotland have been asking
for at least a decade - just how do you get to stage a Ryder Cup? Now, for the
first time, the full story can be told: why Spain, whose players only started
competing in it in 1979, will host next year's event rather than Ireland, who
are still waiting for the honour despite sending representives since 1927; why
The Belfry, which was built only in 1975, will stage the Ryder Cup for the
fourth time in 2001, rather than a course in Scotland, where the event has been
held just once since its inception 70 years ago. more
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