Lindrick flags down quartet of ‘Tour de Ryder Cup’ cyclists

From lefT: Andy Crowther, Andrew Walker, Lindrick Club captain Roger Ellis, Darren Tordoff and  Rick Gillgrass
From lefT: Andy Crowther, Andrew Walker, Lindrick Club captain Roger Ellis, Darren Tordoff and Rick Gillgrass
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Lindrick Golf Club welcomed four Yorkshiremen on Saturday, on the sixth leg of a gruelling 1,150 mile charity cycle ride to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The quartet were inspired by a mutual friend who died in 2012, and took to the saddles for a nine day ride, taking in all 13 Ryder Cup venues in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

As part of the ‘Tour de Ryder Cup’, Andy Crowther, Rick Gillgrass, Darren Tordoff and Andrew Walker are raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK and Melanoma UK.

The plucky foursome, aged 45 to 53, were supported throughout by friend and fellow golfer Mark Heptonstall who acted as the team’s tour manager and driver.

On their way to the 2014 Ryder Cup, the cyclists collected pin flags from every host venue, which they hoped to present to this year’s Ryder Cup teams when they reach Gleneagles.

They set off from their home turf at Northcliffe Golf Club near Bradford on 15th September and notched up visits to Royal Lytham, Royal Birkdale and Southport and Ainsdale on the North West coast, the K Club in County Kildare, Celtic Manor in South Wales, Walton Heath and Wentworth in Surrey and The Belfry in the West Midlands.

They arrived at Lindrick, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 1957, on Saturday and were presented with club flags by club Captain Roger Ellis.

From there the team headed to Moortown near Leeds and Ganton on the North Yorkshire Coast before tackling the 220 mile stage to Scotland, taking in Muirfield and arriving at Gleneagles on Tuesday.

The Tour de Ryder Cup, inspired by the death of Simon Ashdown, has already raised in excess of £11,000.