Last-putt drama in Bulwell’s Ryder Cup

Nottingham City Ryder Cup team

Nottingham City Ryder Cup team

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THE DRAMA that is sure to flood the fairways in the final stages of The Open at Sandwich this weekend will have to go a long way to match that provided by Bulwell’s popular take on the Ryder Cup.

Whereas the sport’s professional version pits Europe against the USA, the local event sees the Bulwell Forest club take on their across-town rivals, Nottingham City, of Bulwell Hall.

The event has been running since 1997. But this year’s renewal provided a nailbiting finish that went down to the very last putt.

What’s more, the final result, which saw Nottingham City win by 14.5 points to 13.5, completed an astonishing comeback.

For the club found themselves 10-4 down after the fourballs and foursomes, which were held at the Forest’s Hucknall Road course on the first day. It meant they had to take a minimum of ten-and-a-half points from 14 singles matches held at their own Bulwell Hall course to take the title on the second day.

They duly put together an oustanding performance under non-playing captain Richard Large, who inaugurated the event along with Mark Northridge, of the Forest.

The winning point was secured by Paul Calladine. But a proud Richard said: “Everyone played their part in an incredible turnaround.”