Moortown Golf Club was the course chosen to stage the second Ryder Cup in April 1929 - the first time it was played in Europe. PICS: GettyMoortown Golf Club was the course chosen to stage the second Ryder Cup in April 1929 - the first time it was played in Europe. PICS: Getty
Moortown Golf Club was the course chosen to stage the second Ryder Cup in April 1929 - the first time it was played in Europe. PICS: Getty

Ryder Cup memories - When the greats of golf played in Leeds

It was the year Leeds scored a hole-in-one as golf's greatest players headed to the city.

Moortown Golf Club in Alwoodley was the course chosen to stage the second Ryder Cup in April 1929 - the first time it was played in Europe. At the time, the contest was between golfers from the US and Britain, and continental European players were not invited to take part until 1979. The prestigious club was founded in 1909 and the course was designed by renowned golf architect Dr Alister MacKenzie, who also designed the Masters course at Augusta. The event was played in late April - yet players and spectators had to contend with hail and even a dusting of snow, although the greens were said to have been in perfect condition. The course played fast and 70 was often broken by the golfers. Samuel Ryder, who founded the Cup, donated a trophy to Moortown's ladies' section as a thanks for their hospitality. It was the biggest golf tournament ever to have been played on British soil at the time, and attracted record crowds of around 15,000. READ MORE: Amazing pictures show life in Leeds during the 1920s