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European team captain Bernhard Langer of Germany and his wife Vikki Langer arriving at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches<BR>Gala Dinner at the Fox Theater on September 15, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
European team captain Bernhard Langer of Germany and his wife Vikki Langer arriving at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches
Gala Dinner at the Fox Theater on September 15, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Teams Regaled at Gala Dinner


September 16, 2004

Taking time out from the golf, the American and European Ryder Cup Teams and their partners came together for the Official Ryder Cup Gala Dinner on Wednesday night at one of America's finest theatres, the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

With the players donning their tuxedos and their wives and girlfriends dressed in gowns fit for any Oscar ceremony, the two teams gathered in a celebration of The Ryder Cup Matches.

The event is one of the traditions of the Ryder Cup and was once again deemed a great success by everyone who attended.

"It's just a wonderful evening and great way to bring everyone together. The Gala Dinner is a great tradition of the Ryder Cup which has been always been a lavish evening to remember. This year was no exception," said European Captain Bernhard Langer.

Befitting Detroit's musical heritage, the legendary Temptations and Pointer Sisters helped provide the musical entertainment for night while appetites were satisfied with a four course meal. Total attendance was 1,800, while a total of 81 tables were spread across the ballroom floor.

A spellbinding montage of past Ryder Cups was shown on huge video screens accompanied by the cello and violin duo Kristarah playing Led Zeppelin with electrical percussion.

At the end of the evening both teams were literally unveiled from behind a large curtain on stage.

Invitations for the dinner went to corporate and media sponsors of the Ryder Cup, officials from the PGA and British PGA and a host of VIPS.

Another of the features of the evening was the Fox Theatre itself, a beautifully restored venue that is the crown jewel of Detroit's entertainment district and the largest surviving movie palace of the 1920s.

"This really extraordinary," commented David Wright, association secretary of the British PGA. "It's stunning - the architectural design, the pillars, and art deco work on the side. We don't see theatres like this in England."

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