The Ryder Cup of 2016 is not one that Europe will look back on with great fondness. The result was wrong, there was as much noise about the noise of the fans as the quality of the golf and it was something of a come down from the highs of Paul McGinley’s triumph two years earlier.
All that said the sport of golf is one which stores away its history rather well and a gathering in Dublin recently for clients and friends of Carr Golf put the match in perspective of a greater historic canvas.
Richard Hills, the Executive Director of the European Ryder Cup spoke in detail and with intelligence about the process of team management in advance and out on the course.
“Darren’s captaincy over 18 months was exemplary but he just came up against a US team that was sinking all its putts and playing at the top of their game, that’s sport,” he told us.
“The role of the Captain is very significant. You have twelve individuals that spend 51 weeks of the year playing against each other and you put them in a format they are unfamiliar with.”
“Motivation is an enormous factor.”
“I have worked with eleven captains down the years and each has played a massive part.”
“The work that Sam Torrance did in the postponed event from 2001 and 2002 was particularly notable.”
“The process now for bringing Captain’s through the vice Captaincy route is established and will continue.”
“The next Captain process is already underway for France now in two years time.”
“The immediate past three captains, a representative of the players and the Chief Executive of the European Tour Keith Pelley will make that call in the coming months.”
Des Smyth spoke about the way in which the course was set up at Hazeltine to suit the home team.
“There was no rough which enabled the American’s to let rip without fear of where they’d end up if it went wrong.”
“They cut back trees to make for easier approach shots and turned it into a putting competition as mush as anything.”
“That is their right and there’s nothing wrong with it but it does give a massive advantage to the home team when little things are your call as opposed to being made by a purely impartial grounds team.”
Roddy Carr is a legend of the game himself and spoke with humour and great fondness of his time managing Seve Ballesteros during his tenure as Captain.
Management might be overstating things as he was very much a law unto himself and to say there was a little less science behind the team then would certainly not be questioned.
The lunchtime event in the Shelbourne Hotel was a timely reminder of golfs traditions. Carr Golf itself is working to ensure those traditions of tomorrow are being built today and the room was filled with representatives of the various strands they work with across the game from the important roles of management of courses through to golf as a sports tourism leader and beyond.
Marty Carr, Roddy’s brother is heading up the company as they embark on a significant expansion and he has added former Connacht Rugby Commercial Director Alex Saul to the team alongside Deirdre O’Connell who previously held senior sponsorship roles within Ulster Bank and the Gleneagles Group.
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