LONDON -- The Olympics have been great, but I have to admit, I'm in a bit of golf withdrawal. Haven't swung a club since playing nine with Melinda at Audubon two days before leaving for England. Even though golf is huge here, it's been overwhelmed by all the cheerleading over the home GB team in the Games. I haven't seen the PGA championship on TV anywhere. I don't even know who's leading
On Thursday, I at least got a little golf fix. I went by the Scotland House on Pall Mall in downtown London for a Ryder Cup 2014 reception. Scotland, the birthplace of golf, will be hosting at Gleneagles in Perthshire. They're obviously very happy about the event, and they want to inspire the young people in Scotland to play the sport with greater zeal. Scotland is also hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
In the press conference room, they had nine championship trophies lined up along the wall. The British Open trophy was there. So were the Curtis Cup, the Solheim Cup, the Ladies Scottish Open trophy, and of course, the Ryder Cup. Pretty cool stuff. Some of those trophies are very old.
They promised to have some of the Scottish golf greats on hand. The only golfer there was Catriona Matthew, who has had a very successful career on the LPGA and European tours. She has 10 career wins and has finished in the top five a few times in majors, though she had never won.
Matthew called the Ryder Cup "probably the biggest event in golf." There's something unique about team golf competitions, where you're not playing for money but for your country. She was also excited about golf being admitted to the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Matthew said all the golfers have been talking about it.
I'd love to cover Olympic golf. But first, I'm going to Scotland after the Olympics and hoping to play a round or two. I didn't bring my clubs, but I'm told you can rent them just about anywhere, even at St. Andrew's. There must be some amazing old courses here. Melinda will be coming along, and she's been itching to swing the clubs again, too.
Seeing all those trophies reminded me: I need to get our neighborhood golf trophy, The Voorhees Cup, engraved in time for this year's tournament. I won it the Voorhees Open last year with Scott Fruehauf.