Chargers at the Ryder Cup

Thanks to all the Alumni involved, this past Tuesday, September 25th, six St. Joseph students took a trip to Medinah, Illinois where the 39th Annual Ryder Cup was played at Medinah Country Club. It was an amazing experience and we all had plenty of fun. The tournament was played over the weekend but on Tuesday the students were able to see celebrities, and former professional golfers battle it out on the course.

The Ryder Cup is a golf tournament between Europe and the USA where the top twelve golfers from each team come together and square off. It is considered to be “the Olympics of Golf” Mr. Tortorich informed the students. There is no cash prize involved so each team is playing strictly for bragging rights. It happens every two years and the host varies between the United States and European Countries. It’s very rare that the tournament could occur in “our own backyard” being just 30 minutes away from the school. So when the opportunity came up, St. Joseph and it’s alumni led by Mr. John Christopher, class of ’83, jumped at the chance. The tournament ended this past Sunday, September 30, in favor of the Europeans. The next time the two teams square off will be in Scotland two years from now.

The Alumni involved, Kevin Cleary, class of ’72, and Mike Pirano class of ’69, provided withthe chance to go out on the Tuesday afternoon and watch the Celebrity-Pro tournament that consisted of Chicago sports legends such as Scottie Pippin and Stan Mikita, and national know stars such as Bill Murray and Michael Phelps along with Ryder Cup “Ambassador”, Justin Timberlake. Mrs. Morton, Manager of Staff Development Operations at St. Joe’s, who also has a degree in event planning said, “There’s a mind boggling amount of planning involved and seeing how much work went into it, and the result was the best part of the experience.” She also says that you don’t need to be a fan of golf to enjoy the Ryder Cup, “The hype of it all can make anybody interested,” Mrs. Morton continued “The alumni saw this as a chance to give the students more opportunity and a way to give back to the school.”

It was definitely an experience that everyone involved will not forget. All of the alumni involved and chaperones including Ms. Kuecker, Fine Arts teacher, Mr. Janco, English teacher and former Chicago Tribune sports journalist, and Mrs. Morton, Manager of Development Operations, all made this possible. It was an incredible experience for the St. Joseph Community.