The Samuel Ryder self-guided trail around St Albans was launched in the Ryder Room at the Comfort Hotel (former Ryder & Sons head office) on 3rd June 2010. The Foundation were delighted to be involved in an event at which a number of relatives of Samuel were present, including his granddaughter Mary Moore and great niece Yvonne Larg. The Mayor of St Albans, Maxine Crawley, gave a speech along with other Councillors and supporters. See photographs.
We are delighted and honoured to announce that Bernard Gallacher is now a patron of the Samuel Ryder Foundation.
Bernard was born on the 9th of February 1949 in Bathgate Scotland and at aged 20, became the youngest player to represent GB&I. He went on to play in 8 Ryder Cup matches from 1969 – 1981. He was captain for Europe in 1991, 93 and 95, each of the matches were extremely close and he was successful at the 3rd attempt. This match was played at the Oak Hill USA and was only the second time that USA were beaten at home.
Lee Trevino said “ In the Ryder Cup Bernard was the only player to get the better of him” - this he did 5 times.
Bernard turned professional in 1967 and accumulated 22 wins. He also represented Scotland in 1969, 71, 74, 82 and 83 in the World Cup. He was appointed professional at the Wentworth Club, Surrey, England, holding this position for 25 years, retiring at the end of 1996. There is a statue of Bernard on the first tee.