Stuart Wilson set to captain Europe again

Forfar Golf Club managing secretary and Junior Ryder Cup captain Stuart Milne at 2010's event in Chicago.
Forfar Golf Club managing secretary and Junior Ryder Cup captain Stuart Milne at 2010's event in Chicago.

Forfar Golf Club’s Managing Secretary Stuart Wilson is getting ready to captain Team Europe at the forthcoming Junior Ryder Cup in Perthshire in September.

Stuart, 37, will be captaining Europe’s top young amateurs on September 22 and 23 at the Rosemount Course at Blairgowrie Golf Club.

It will be the second time the Forfar man will be enjoying that position after he oversaw Europe’s losing campaign in 2012 at Olympia Fields in Chicago.

The junior competition is part of the festivities kicking off the senior Ryder Cup at Gleneagles that begins on September 23 and runs until September 28, and Stuart was honoured to be asked to be involved again.

He told the Dispatch: “I was very happy to accept, it’s a nice honour to have and hopefully I can add a few things from my own experience as a player back in the day.

“When it was in Europe it would be over in the country who’s hosting it the next time but this time it’s actually at the hosts’ country.

“We’re playing at Blairgowrie on the Rosemount course so they’ve been doing a great deal of work to get things in place. They turn up on the Friday preceding the match and get their practice rounds and hospitality. They play Monday, Tuesday then go to the Centenary course at Gleneagles.

“Last time we were in Medinah, they played the friendship match on the Wednesday and there were about 30,000 people there so the grandstands were full for them. They all got a locker at Medinah with their names printed. It was in the American locker room so they got to meet guys like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson which is brilliant. It gives them some incredible experience. There’s a whole load of perks but it’s a pretty tough thing getting into the team.

“There are two automatic picks from the European Masters which is in Hamburg in two weeks’ time, the boy and girl winners will make the team. It’s an U16 event then there are 10 captains’ picks so a lot of the responsibility falls on my shoulders.”

More than 3,000 children from across Scotland will be attending the tournament as spectators thanks to ClubGolf.