Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health and Sport, was at The Gleneagles Hotel for the Junior Ryder Cup opening ceremony on the eve of the tournament to wish the European and United States teams well for the contest.
Ms Robison revealed how golf among youngsters is booming as a result of Gleneagles’ successful bid to host The 2014 Ryder Cup and the Scottish Government’s subsequent commitment to introduce the sport to every nine year old in the country by that time.
The Minister took time out from her busy schedule and ahead of her trip to Delhi, India this week for the Commonwealth Games to congratulate the young golfers on qualifying for their respective teams.
“It’s a shame we don’t have a Scottish representative in the European team this year for the match here at Gleneagles but we will work on that for the next one,” joked Ms Robison. “The Junior Ryder Cup is a wonderful event and showcases the best golfing talent in Europe and the United States and it is a pleasure to welcome the event to Scotland.”
The Junior Ryder Cup is just like The Ryder Cup in that it is a biennial match play contest between Europe and the United States, but it is for girls and boys under the age of 18. Past players include Sergio Garcia, Suzann Pettersen and Matteo Manassero, as well as two players taking part in The 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort this week, Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan.