Martin’s ideal Ryder to St Annes course visit

German golfer Martin Kaymer with St Annes Mini-Links proprietor Andy Tracey
German golfer Martin Kaymer with St Annes Mini-Links proprietor Andy Tracey

MARTIN Kaymer’s Ryder Cup-clinching putt brought back happy memories for two generations of a golfing Fylde family.

Andy Tracey, who runs the Mini-Links course on St Annes seafront, was cheering all the way as the German made sure Europe retained the trophy.

Less than three months ago, Kaymer played a round at the course while he was in town for The Open and Andy was delighted to have his picture taken with him.

But just as thrilled with the European success was Andy’s father Charles, watching the action from Medinah on TV alongside him.

For earlier this year, Charles was on business in Chicago – and took up an invitation to the launch of the tournament attended by respective captains for the tournament Jose Maria Olazobel and Davis Love III at the city’s Trump Tower.

“I was chairing a conference on health and safety and happened to present Andy’s card to a colleague,” said Charles. “He said he was going to the Ryder Cup launch a little later and would my wife Marian and I like to come along?

“It was a spectacular day, which I will never forget and I was always going to especially enjoy the Ryder Cup this year after that.

“But when Martin Kaymer sank the vital putt so soon after his visit to our course, as Andy said, it couldn’t have been scripted better.”

Charles, who lives in Blackpool, stands in for Andy at the Mini-Links course when Andy is away, as was the case this week as Andy attended the Dunhill Cup at St Andrews.