Whirlwind Ryder Cup Trophy Tour Set For Take Off

Welsh golf clubs will next week get to do something that America and Tiger Woods have failed to do for the last nine years - get their hands on the Ryder Cup. The famous gold trophy is being whisked by helicopter to more than 100 golf clubs (full schedule below) across Wales culminating in a dramatic arrival at the final day of the Celtic Manor Wales Open on Sunday, June 1st.


Rugby legend Barry John will be on hand to officially launch the six day tour at Cardiff Heliport on Bank Holiday Monday (May 26) with PGA Captain Parnell Reilly escorting the trophy every second of the way as it criss-crosses the Principality, dropping in out of the skies on up to 28 clubs a day.

The joint initiative between the PGA, Ryder Cup Wales 2010, Tenovus and the Golf Union of Wales (GUW) is part of a series of golfing activities planned in the build up to the 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor and is aimed at promoting awareness of its official charity, Tenovus.

The participating clubs have pledged to support the Tenovus charity and will help fund new mobile units, enabling people across Wales to access vital cancer treatment, health checks and cancer prevention information.

"Forty six people a day in Wales are told they have cancer, and this figure will have doubled by 2020," said Alison Upton, Business Development Manager, Tenovus.

"The combination of more people being diagnosed with cancer and increasing survival rates mean that a growing number of people are in need of our help."

Rob Holt, Chief Executive of Ryder Cup Wales 2010, said: "This is one of many activities planned in support of Tenovus, our official charity, in the lead up to The 2010 Ryder Cup to raise the profile of the charity and its work in Wales.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for Welsh clubs and their members and golf enthusiasts to see the famous trophy."

“It has been a fantastic time for all the golf clubs and also us in the helicopter,” said Reilly. As we are coming into land we can see the cameras flashing and upwards of 50-60 people waiting to greet us with a big cheer. And the looks on everyone’s faces, especially the juniors, when they see the trophy makes it all worthwhile.

“I was really looking forward to the trip but I think it has exceeded my expectations, and it ranks right up there as one of the best things I’ve done in my two years as PGA Captain which has including going to majors.”

In a nice little twist the helicopter party, including pilots Paul Rees and Dougie House, met Sears Europe’s American managing director Kent Wichalt at dinner at their hotel.

“We told him what we were doing but he thought we were pulling his leg,” said PGA Captain Parnell Reilly. “So we went and got the trophy. He ended up having his picture taken with it and is writing a cheque for £500 to donate to Tenovus.”

Making the whole trip possible is sponsor SubAir, a market leader in air flow technology for greens and sports pitches which has just opened its first European office in St Andrew's.

Golf club members will be able to track the tour every stop of the way with a dedicated website www.pgarydercuptour.co.uk which will be live from Friday and features images from every visit.


MONDAY 26 MAY 2008
Whitchurch at 08:20
Ridgeway at 08:40
Caerphilly at 09:00
Cardiff at 09:20
St Mellons at 09:40
Parc at 10:00
Newport Gwent at 10:25
Tredegar Park at 11:10
Llanwern at 11:35
Woodlake Park at 12:00
Pontypool at 12:20
Alice Springs at 12:40
Wernddu at 14:05
Rolls Of Monmouth at 14:30
Monmouth at 14:50
Dewstow at 15:15
Marriott St Pierre at 15:35

Glamorganshire at 08:35
Dinas Powys at 08:55
St Andrews Major at 09:15
Wenvoe Castle at 09:35
Brynhill at 09:55
RAF St Athan at 10:15
Radyr at 10:40
Creigiau at 11:30
Vale Hotel at 11:50
St Mary's at 12:10
Coed-y-Mwstwr at 12:30
Southerndown at 13:50
Glynneath at 14:20
Whitehall at 14:45
Bryn Meadows at 15:10

Summerhill at 08:30
Llandrindod Wells at 08:55
Builth Wells at 09:15
Cradoc at 09:40
Palleg at 10:10
Pontardawe at 10:35
INCO at 11:25
Allt-y-Graben at 11:50
Morriston at 12:10
Fairwood Park at 12:35
Pennard at 13:55
Langland Bay at 14:15
Swansea Bay at 14:45
Corus at 15:10
Maesteg at 15:30
Pyle & Kenfig at 15:55
Royal Porthcawl at 16:15

Machynys G & Club at 09:10
Ashburnham at 09:30
Glyn Abbey at 09:55
Carmarthen at 10:25
Tenby at 11:25
Trefloyne at 11:45
South Pembrokeshire at 12:10
Milford Haven at 12:30
Haverfordwest at 12:55
Haverfordwest Airpt at 13:50
St David's City at 14:35
Priskilly Forest at 15:00
Newport (Pembs) at 15:25
Cardigan at 15:50
Cilgwyn at 16:25
Aberystwyth at 17:05
Borth & Ynyslas at 17:30
Aberdovey at 17:50
Machynlleth at 18:15
Maesmawr at 18:45
Welshpool at 19:10

FRIDAY 30 MAY 2008
Bala at 08:35
Ffestiniog at 09:00
Dollgellau at 09:45
Royal St David's at 10:10
Pwllheli at 10:30
Abersoch at 10:50
Nefyn & District at 11:15
Caernarfon Airport at 11:45
Royal T of Caernarfon at 12:35
Caernarfon at 12:55
Bull Bay at 14:25
Storws Wen at 14:50
Baron Hill at 15:10
St Deiniol at 15:30
Penmaenmawr at 15:55
Llandudno at 16:15
Rhos-on-Sea at 16:35
Bodysgallen Hall at 16:55

Old Colwyn Golf Club at 08:20
Abergele at 08:40
Rhyl Golf Club at 09:10
St Melyd Golf Club at 09:20
Rhuddlan Golf Club at 09:40
Denbigh Golf Club at 10:05
Bryn Morfydd Hotel Golf Club at 10:25
Vale of Llangollen Golf Club at 10:55
Llanymynech at 11:40
Plassey Oaks Golf Complex at 12:10
Clay's Golf Centre at 12:30
Moss Valley at 12:50
Old Padeswood Golf Club at 13:15
Holywell Golf Club at 14:40
Flint Golf Club at 15:00
Hawarden Golf Club at 15:25
Hawarden Airport at 15:45

Knighton at 13:35
Celtic Manor at 14:30

Reproduced with kind permission from the PGA


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