Ryder Cup practice rounds free for juniors 17 and under with ticketed adult

For the first time in Ryder Cup history, children under the age of 17 will be admitted to the grounds free of charge for practice rounds on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Ryder Cup week at Medinah Country Club, provided they are accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult.

MEDINAH, Ill. -- As part of its ongoing mission to grow the game of golf and to provide great family entertainment value, The PGA of America is pleased to provide free junior tickets for the 2012 Ryder Cup practice days scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, host venue of the 39th Ryder Cup.

For the first time in Ryder Cup history, juniors age 17 and under will be admitted free of charge to the grounds on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Ryder Cup week if accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult. A maximum of two (2) junior tickets may be obtained per Ryder Cup ticketed adult on these days at the Admission Sales/Will Call Office. Junior tickets will be available on these days regardless of a sell-out.

"The PGA of America is pleased to provide free Ryder Cup practice round tickets to juniors ages 17 and under during Ryder Cup week," said 2012 Ryder Cup Director Michael Belot. "This is a wonderful opportunity for young golfers to experience the Ryder Cup atmosphere and to see some of the greatest golfers in the world preparing for Ryder Cup action. We hope many of our adult Ryder Cup ticket holders will take advantage of this no-cost offering and bring young golf fans to Medinah."

To enter the grounds on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Ryder Cup, each junior must have a paid ticket.

About the 2012 Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 38 competitions over 84 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold trophy that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9½ to 2½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. The Ryder Cup, recognized as the pre-eminent international team event in golf, has since expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. The United States has posted 25 victories, Great Britain/Europe has won 11 times, and there have been two ties. Europe currently has possession of the Ryder Cup trophy, thanks to a thrilling 14½-13½ victory over the United States in October 2010 in Wales. The 39th Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

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About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.