Sutton Coldfield Circle at its March meeting had the pleasure of welcoming as the after dinner guest speaker Ian  Randell Chief Executive at Confederation of Professional Golf. Ian has the day-to-day responsibility for the management of an Association of 40 National Professional Golfers’ Associations with a collective membership of 12,550 PGA Professionals. He is a board member of Ryder Cup Europe and Board Trustee of Ryder Cup European Development Trust (RCEDT) . He gave an outline of the objectives of the association which included working with coaches and clubs and having a vision of creating a skilled workforce for the game. He remarked that since Covid 19 the participation in the game has increased and the game needs to be inclusive .He gave an insight and history of the Ryder Cup and its founder Sam Ryder, It will returning to Europe in 2027 at Adare Manor, County Limerick in Ireland. Brother President Peter Westbrook chaired a question and answer session with Ian which brothers and guests presented questions  which ranged from getting young  people into the game, the difference between American and British crowds at tournaments , the handicap system  and what has Rory McIlroy achieved for the sport. A challenge was set by Ian for each table to name the best Ryder Cup Team with a bottle of fine Scottish whisky as the prize. The winning table was led by Brother Vice President Tony Walsh.

A most interesting and enjoyable evening enjoyed by all present particularly the visiting brothers from the City of Lichfield Stafford Solihull and Streetly circles. Pictured from left  to right – Brother President Peter Westbrook , Ian Randell , and  Brother Vice President Tony Walsh with the winning team’s bottle of whisky.

 

 

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