Samuel Ryder

Samuel Ryder

Birth
Walton-le-Dale, South Ribble Borough, Lancashire, England
Death 2 Jan 1936 (aged 77)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial St Albans, St Albans District, Hertfordshire, England
Memorial ID 70447631 · View Source
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Sports Entrepreneur. Founder of the Ryder Cup. Ryder was a businessman who had built up a successful mail order business selling seeds and herbs. After a spell of ill health his doctor recommended that he take more outdoor physical exercise and so he took up golf. He quickly became a keen player and competitor. Although there had been several unofficial matches played between golf professionals representing the United States and Great Britain in the early 1920s, it was Ryder who made the competition an official event. He suggested a biennial match between the United States and Great Britain, with each country taking it in turns to host the tournament. The first formal competition for the Ryder Cup took place at Worcester, Massachusetts in 1927 with the United States victorious. The new gold trophy for the winners was topped with a figure modelled on Abe Mitchell, an English professional golfer and Ryder's personal tutor. Ryder presented the trophy to the victorious captains in the competitions held in Great Britain in 1929 and 1933. When he passed away he was buried with his favourite ‘mashie' golf club. The USA came to dominate the Ryder Cup in the post-war period such that the competition waned in public interest. From 1979 however the organisers expanded the Great Britain and Ireland team to include players from other European countries. The result was a much closer competition and as a consequence it became a hugely popular event. No prize money is awarded; the teams playing only for the glory of victory and the Ryder Cup.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 70447631
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Ryder (24 Mar 1858–2 Jan 1936), Find a Grave Memorial no. 70447631, citing Hatfield Road Cemetery, St Albans, St Albans District, Hertfordshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .