JOHN HILL Samuel Ryder's first golf coach

John Hill

More news has come to light regarding Samuel Ryder’s first golf coach. Here featured is a photograph of John Hill who originally came from that Scottish hotbed of golf known as Musselburgh, just east of Edinburgh. As a professional, he was engaged with club appointments at Whitby (Yorkshire), Warlingham (Surrey) and Verulam (St Albans) before losing his life in France fighting with the Bedfordshire Regiment during World War I.


Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Author Peter Fry is pleased to announce the publication of a biography of businessman Robert Hudson from Portland, Oregon, USA. The book explains how Hudson became rich with his wholesale grocery business which led him to sponsoring important golf events. These included the 1946 US PGA Championship and, especially, the 1947 Ryder Cup match. The attached photo shows Robert Hudson clutching the famous Ryder Cup.

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Peter Fry - Robert HudsonAuthor, Peter Fry, visited Portland, Oregon in May 2017 to research facts concerning Robert Hudson, the businessman responsible for resurrecting the Ryder Cup in 1947 during a time of severe financial restraint. The accompanying photo shows the author alongside a picture of Robert Hudson at Portland Golf Club, venue for the 1947 Ryder Cup matches.

Darren Clarke Orders the Samuel Ryder Biography

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

Fifteen years ago Darren Clarke was one of the European Ryder Cup players to be presented with a leather copy of the biography of Samuel Ryder which had his name embossed in gold lettering on the cover. Now, as Captain of the 2016 European Ryder Cup team, Clarke has ordered 36 of these books for players and officials attending this autumn’s matches being played at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minniesota, USA.

Tom Watson Presentation at Sunningdale

Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Samuel Ryder biographer, Peter Fry, travelled to The 2015 British Senior Open Championship at Sunningdale Golf Club in Surrey. Whilst there, he was pleased to present a copy of his book to golf legend Tom Watson, a five-time Open Champion and twice Ryder Cup Captain. In reply, Watson expressed his thanks and said he looked forward to reading the book when time allowed.

2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

Amateur Champion Bradley Neil

Amateur Champion Bradley Neil

Samuel Ryder’s biographer, Peter Fry, was selected to be a 2014 Ryder Cup Volunteer at Gleneagles. His role was as the Team Leader on the 7th Green Grandstand.

At the beginning of the week he donated signed copies of his Samuel Ryder biography to all the players and officials at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup Match played on the Rosemount championship course at Blairgowrie. At the presentation of the books he made a short speech outlining Ryder’s character and the suitability of the junior event as an appropriate legacy of his original Ryder Cup idea. Amongst the players was the 18-year-old Amateur Champion Bradley Neil of the host club who is shown holding Peter’s biography of Samuel Ryder.


The author heard that Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club was staging a Pro-Celebrity Golf Day as a legacy of its famous former captain Samuel Ryder of Ryder Cup fame. Accordingly he donated four of his Samuel Ryder biographies as a team prize. He ended up playing in the event and had the great privilege to propose the toast to Samuel Ryder at the dinner which followed.

Samuel Ryder Author

The photograph shows the author third from left with his team-mates.

Michael Vaughan Joins Readership

Michael Vaughan with Samuel Ryder Biography

Michael Vaughan with Samuel Ryder Biography

During a recent visit to Dorset, the former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan was pleased to receive a copy of Peter Fry’s biography of Samuel Ryder.

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“Samuel Ryder – The Man Behind The Ryder Cup” a biography by Peter Fry

2012 USA Visit

The Author Beside Second Green, Medinah Country ClubThe Author with Sean Jacklin, Tony Jacklin's sonThe author pictured (top) beside the second green at the Medinah Country Club during the 2012 Ryder Cup matches and (below) next to Tony Jacklin’s youngest son Sean when he visited The Concession Golf Club in Florida which displays a Ryder Cup theme throughout.

Olympic Torchbearer, Peter Fry

The Author, Olympic Torchbearer
The photograph shows author Peter Fry during his proud moments whilst carrying the 2012 Olympic Torch close to his home town of Weymouth on Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast.