It could have been an event with international implications, but the 17th annual Rosedale Ryder Cup was successfully executed with plenty of goodwill, good golf and good times had by all. While the Ryder Cup has been a favorite among residents of Rosedale Golf & Country Club since 1998, this year’s tournament had special significance. The official tally going into the tournament was seven wins for the U.S. team and seven wins for the Canadian team (plus one tie and one rain-out). As event co-chair Gary Bruce said, “There was a lot riding on this year’s match. There was going to be a winner, one way or another, with future bragging rights on the line.”
The two-day tournament ended with a victory by the American team with a score of 34 to 29. Beautiful weather enhanced everyone’s enjoyment of the event. The first day’s format was four-ball match play over nine holes. On the second day, there were two nine-hole matches – scramble match play on the first nine and an alternate shot match play format on the back nine.
The Rosedale Ryder Cup is modeled after the famous annual golf tournament that pits an American team of professional golfers against their European counterparts. In Rosedale’s members-only version, a U.S. team plays a Canadian team. If there are not enough authentic Canadians among those who sign up to play, event organizers randomly conscript golfers from northern states to serve as temporary Canadians.
The tournament kicked off on February 28th with elaborate opening ceremonies at the Rosedale clubhouse, complete with the national anthems of both countries and 84 golfers decked out in their respective team uniforms. Golf carts were festooned with all manner of flags and banners, while the crowd was equally festive and garbed head-to-toe in patriotic gear with stars and stripes and maple leaves everywhere. At the end of the day, golfers and guests gathered at the clubhouse to relax over barbecue and a cold brew – and to plan their strategies for the next day’s game. There was a second round of competition on Saturday, followed by a formal dinner dance and awards program that evening.
“This event is a lot of fun for everyone involved, from the golfers to those who just come out to watch,” said Bruce. “Everyone gets into the spirit of the competition, but it’s all done in a friendly way. There’s already been talk about next year and predictions of the Canadian team staging a comeback!”
About Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Located in Manatee County near Lakewood Ranch, Rosedale Golf & Country Club is known for its challenging fairways, beautiful preserves and mature trees, and gracious Florida lifestyle. It has been voted “Best Golf Course” by readers of the Bradenton Herald for three consecutive years and is the only golf course in the United States to offer two PGA Master Professionals on staff. Rosedale is an established gated community of 650 luxurious single-family and patio homes, many bordering the golf course, lakes or protected woodlands. The newly opened Rosedale Links offers the opportunity to purchase new-home construction from one of four leading homebuilders. Residents pay no CDD fees and enjoy a wide range of amenities, including five lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness center, Junior Olympic swimming pool, and a beautiful clubhouse with pro shop, restaurant and terrace. Rosedale was developed by the distinguished Hunt Group, headed by Robert Hunt, a respected builder and developer for more than 30 years. For more information about Rosedale, call (941) 751-9070 or 1-800-881-9080. Information about the Country Club may be found at www.RosedaleGolf.com.