The pay dispute between greenkeeping staff and management at the K Club has just escalated with the threat of Strike action in the run up to the Ryder Cup event in September. We spoke to Colm Quinlan of the Amicus Trade Union who represents half of the 24 greenkeeping staff at the K Club. Colm told us that the pay dispute has been dragging on since January of this year. His worry is that the K Club management have not embraced the process and that the parties are now deadlocked after three rounds of mediated negotiations. (more…)
Archive for June, 2006
John O’Donoghue, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism in Ireland revealed the plans for the Ryder Cup 2006 Opening Ceremony to be held at the K Club, Co. Kildare today. The ceremony will be a significant event as Ireland aims to maximise its exposure to hoped for 1 billion worldwide TV audience.
In an interview with RTE Radio 1 (Ireland’s national radio station) the Minister announced that the extravaganza is to be be in the spirit equivalent to a World Cup or Olympic Games opening ceremony. It is to be held on Thursday September 21st. The showcase will no doubt try and generate the same effect as the Riverdance phenomena achieved following its showcase at the Eurovision Song Contest when it was hosted by Ireland in 1994.
Well the competitions for Ryder Cup tickets are really starting to flow in now. The latest competition is being run by Ballygowan, the official water sponsor to the Ryder Cup. The prize is not just for a single pair of tickets but instead they are giving away a pair of tickets every day throughout June, July and August. This is the largest amount of tickets I have heard of being given away on any of these competitions and definitely increases your odds.
Just heard a snippet on the radio here in Ireland advertising a new competition for Tickets to the Ryder Cup at the K Club. MBNA are running a competition for Tickets. I had a search around online but could find nothing on their site…
The gist of the advert was that if you apply for a new Platinum Credit Card you are entered in a raffle – if this is of interest I suggest contacting MBNA – you can find their details here
The big news this week was the US Open. The event was finally won by the young Australian Geoff Ogilvy. It was a victory reported as having been lost by some of the major potential Ryder Cup stars such as Mickelson, Montgomerie, Furyk or Harrington as much as won by Ogilvy.
For the European team Harrington’s performance seemed to be back on track and even heading for victory until the final three holes which he bogeyed. However the fifth place result sees him making the automatic qualification list for the first time. Montgomerie once again just missed his chance to lift a major but his tied second place has further secured his Ryder Cup spot.
Here’s the latest standings for who’s going to make the European Ryder Cup Team on merit. (See this article for how this works).
Ryder Cup World Points List (20 June 2006 Updated!)
1 David HOWELL 205.34
2 José Maria OLAZÁBAL 193.72
3 Henrik STENSON 193.00
4 Colin MONTGOMERIE 190.66
5 Luke DONALD 159.06
I was wondering what exactly the Ryders Cup team captains role was so I searched on the internet and didn’t find it clearly outlined anywhere obvious, so I wrote to the PGA both in Europe and the US and asked…
I got the following response from the Press office of the European Tour (I haven’t got a reponse from the US yet so I cannot confirm that both Teams have the same expectations of their Captains)
“The Captain of The European Team is seen as a figurehead. He usually serves for one match although he is in office for up to two years. (more…)