2018 Ryder Cup Goes to France 0 7

(SURREY, England) May 17, 2011 — France will host the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2018, Ryder Cup Europe announced.

Golf’s greatest team event returns to mainland of Europe for the first time in 21 years. The announcement was made by Ryder Cup Europe at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England.

Le Golf National on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, the well-established home of the Alstom Open de France, will become only the second continental venue – following Club de Golf, Valderrama, Spain, in 1997.

The 2018 event will be the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States.

Five nations – France, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain – had participated in the bid process – the first conducted by Ryder Cup Europe – to identify the country best qualified to follow Medinah (Ill.) Country Club in 2012; Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2014; and Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., in 2016.

The Ryder Cup, which pits the best of the United States against the best of Europe, is played in even-numbered years. The President’s Cup, played in odd-numbered years, pits the best U.S. professionals against the best non-European international players.

The 2011 President’s Cup will be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia in late November.

— Dan Vukelich

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Wimberly Voted into PGA Hall of Fame 0 2

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (March 3, 2011) — Long-time New Mexico golf professional Guy Wimberly has been inducted into the PGA of America’s Hall of Fame.

Wimberly, head of Sierra del Rio Golf Course in Elephant Butte, and long-time pro at Albuquerque’s Arroyo del Oso, was voted in by his peers, according to an announcement by the Sun Country Section PGA.

He is only the second Sun Country Section pro voted in. El Paso’s Bill Eschenbrenner was inducted in 2005.

Wimberly, an Albuquerque native, known by many as “Mr. New Mexico Golf,” was a University of New Mexico Lobo golfer before turning pro.

He worked at the San Mateo Golf Center driving range before operating the City of Albuquerque’s newly opened Arroyo del Oso in the late 1960s with long-time business partner Bob Miering.

Wimberly once gave Bill Gates golf lessons when Gates was trying to start a new software company in Albuquerque called Mi