Virtually Golf held the first Ryder Cup (Business Edition) Lincolnshire had ever seen! To coincide with the actual Ryder Cup (Well done Europe), September 2023 saw Lincoln cities golfers tee up representing their companies.
Indoor Golf in general started back in the 70’s but is far from what it is today and this tournament was a great advocate for where the concept is in 2023. Today, indoor golf simulators allow accuracy, enhanced graphics and playability on famous golf courses creating a true to life golfing experience to develop in. Virtually Golf have now revolutionised indoor golf yet again by branching away from the gentleman’s clubhouse feel and offering vibrant colours in a family friendly environment welcoming all audiences.
This is the story of our first Ryder Cup. Open to all businesses in and around the city of Lincoln. It was a great success and this is how it played out…
16 companies from all over the county came to battle it out. The first round, played at JCB (Back 9), consisted of the teams split into 4 groups with the lowest scores in each going through to the next round. An honourable mention goes out to “Streets” who shot -4 through 9 holes in the first round but got pipped in their group by “SC Mortgages” with the best score of the round at -6.
The story of the Semi’s was the Battle of The Titans! Two seasoned corporate members (Carholme Chippy & SC Mortgages), who know each other and the sims well, went head to head and fought over 18 holes at Whispering Pines but a clutch birdie at the last making them go -12 saw Carholme Chippy sneak into The Final.
The other Semi had Wright Vigar v Trade Glaze. Wright Vigar got off to a great start being -6 through the front 9 but couldn’t continue the birdies into the back 9 and finished -8. Trade Glaze were consistently strong throughout and finished -14, a tournament low!
This was going to be a thrilling Final at TPC Sawgrass for our first Ryder Cup (Business Edition) but who will come out on top?
Right out the gates Trade Glaze hopped on the birdie train and went -3 through 3 and a slow start from Carholme Chippy asked the question of a landslide victory but fast forward to the 8th and both sat at -3. The 9th was a par 5, both teams broke par but Trade Glaze grabbed the first Eagle of the round whereas Carholme Chippy could only manage a birdie meaning a 1 shot deficit going into the back 9.
16 & 17 were crucial this year and the tournament was won/lost down these holes. Still only 1 shot in it going into 16 (a par 5) two amazing shots saw both teams inside 20ft for Eagle putts. One team secured the big bird whilst the other could only manage a birdie. Again Dan from Trade Glaze sunk the putt for an Eagle meaning a 2 shot lead heading into one of the most famous holes in Golf, the 17th.
It looked Virtually Over at Virtually Golf but would there be a twist in the tale…
An island green, countless past victims and surrounded by water, it’s destined for disaster. It was no different this time round. Trade Glaze stepped up first, only one player managed to keep the ball dry and it was short sided with a bunker between them and the pin; a tough up and down in any circumstance but under this pressure could they manage? Then came Carholme Chippy, they had to chase birdies now but could they do it. Again 3 players went straight into the water. Then up stepped Ben, a soft 9 iron saw the ball heading for the middle of the Green but Oh No! One bounce – Green, Two Bounce – Wood!, – Third Bounce – SPLASH; Disaster!
Another victim at 17. All 4 from Carhome Chippy went into the water and they had to go to the drop zone where an up and down secured a disappointing bogey. To make matters worse for them, Trade Glaze made a great up and down over the bunker to secure par.
A 2 shot lead down the last and steady pars from both down 18 saw Trade Glaze crowned Champions of our first Ryder Cup here at Virtually Golf. Worthy champions who were consistent throughout the event and were the best on the night.
It was a superb tournament that saw 16 teams compete, network and play the game we all love. It’s great to see companies from all different walks of life gain friendships via Golf who wouldn’t normally cross paths.Ben Green, Golf Manager
This year saw a surprise winner, great golfers but worthy champions who were consistent throughout the event and were the best for the Final. I’m already excited for next year and to see if anyone can knock Trade Glaze off top spot.
CONGRATULATIONS TRADE GLAZE