Lynn Ryder Cup 

by Matt Shearman '10

Faces of past and present took to a drenched Boca Country Club golf course recently when Team America competed against Team International for the newly-formed Knight Ryder Cup. Teams were made up of 12 members – all connected to Lynn in some form, whether as employees or alumni.

The Internationals managed to overhaul America 4 ½ points to 1 ½ and steal gloating rights. Despite men’s golf coach Chris Greenwood going through at level par, it wasn’t enough to beat Paul Muir who brilliantly went round in 73 – his handicap allowing him to take the victory. News just in: Greenwood has accepted a week’s intensive coaching session with Muir.

Matt Roos managed to strike an eagle on the first hole to claim “hole of the day.” Roos and partner John Wallace went on to split ½ point with International pairing Wesley Kendrick and Shaun Exsteen.

At the 7th hole, Boca Country Club offered a side competition by rewarding the most accurate drive. Greg Manning drove the ball straight, resulting in it touching the line and allowing Manning to win the competition. Manning was a part of America’s most successful team with men’s basketball coach Scott McMillan. The pair came from behind to take out English duo Justin Porter and Matt Shearman. Shearman’s scoring ended up reflecting that of a very successful SAT score.

Porter showed glimpses of brilliance going through the first five holes where the ’09 alum shot even par. South African Gareth Fowles played consistently well throughout the day eventually shooting nine under his HDC. With Fowles’ excellent round, his frequent ‘travel’ with work and notable absence in the office, the scoring can be deemed highly coincidental.

Special mention must be made to Fowles’ teammate Eric Shaw who flew in all the way from Canada.

Former baseball player Craig Sheets performed a ‘technically perfect’ swing with his five iron to find that the head of the club went further than the ball. Blame circulated with Sheets’ repetitive bicep curling and daily consumption of Muscle Milk. These factors can be disregarded. It is a club, not a bat, Craig.

The event was a huge success that is sure to be an annual tradition. Tune in next year when the Internationals look to regain the Knight Ryder Cup in 2010. In the meantime, America looks to re-group in order to avoid future loss on home soil and regain some much-needed pride.