Entries Tagged as 'History'



Samuel Ryder donated a second cup for golf competition but this time for amateur golfers in Africa. This was a consequence of him buying a settlement farm in the former Rhodesia for his eldest daughter and son-in-law.

Precisely how this transpired and how the competition has subsequently evolved is carefully documented in a new booklet from Samuel Ryder’s biographer, Peter Fry complete with 40 relevant photographs.


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.

Gift of Samuel Ryder Picture

Samuel Ryder Mayor

Samuel Ryder in Mayoral Robes

Peter Fry originally became interested in Ryder Cup history when he met Samuel Ryder’s eldest daughter Marjorie some years ago whilst researching the history of his home golf club at Came Down in Dorset. She gave Peter this picture of her father in mayoral robes in happy memory of the family’s close links with Came Down Golf Club. The picture now hangs in the club lounge.