The Easiest Way for You to Carve Your Name in Golf History

The 2014 Ryder Cup is almost upon us. What isn’t almost upon us is a captain’s pick on that team. In fact, I’m not sure anybody reading this will be swatting the pearl around the fields of Gleneagles, Scotland. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t be immortalized in the canon of golf lore.

ryder-cup-trophyGolf is a game without few shortcuts. If you want to be one of the 125 PGA TOUR players you have to shoot the lights out on a regular basis, particularly when it counts. It’s a long road to glory. There’s the Canadian PGA Tour, the Tour, maybe yo u go the TV route via The Big Break and you win some sponsor’s exemptions and…

Look. Let’s be realistic. If you’re like me and most of us, getting permission to play golf is hard enough. Nevermind getting paid!

Question: How can you etch your name on golf’s great, eternal Wikipedia page?

Answer: Name a trophy after yourself and make people crazy about winning it. I know it sounds like a tall order, but the good news is, it’s not that hard… it just takes a while.

Sam Ryder, who probably went by Samuel back in England in 1926, was a British business man who liked to golf. Notice that he wasn’t a British golfer who liked business. He was infatuated with the game, but wasn’t good enough to putt for dough. So he put his money down on a friendly competition he’d devised. British golfers vs. American golfers for global golf supremacy and a trophy named after, well… himself. The Ryder Cup.

The Americans drubbed the English in that first event.

The Moral of the Story: We’re not all going to make it on tour. It’s probably easier to become a business tycoon and name a prestigious trophy after yourself for other golfers to fight over. You can do it!