Run up to the Ryder Cup - Episode 5
Today saw the start of one of the world's biggest sporting events.the 2010 Ryder Cup. Millions of viewers worldwide watched the opening ceremony, at the Celtic Manor resort in Newport, South Wales. In our final programme charting the behind-the-scenes dramas over the last year, it's September - one month to go - and the last tee-off before the big tournament - the Gareth Edwards Golf Day. Some of Wales' biggest rugby names descend on the Celtic Manor, in a crowd-pleasing event. Back at the hotel, events manager Becky Joy has just weeks before the world's golfing elite, and their families, arrive. She has to make sure everything is perfect - from beds and menus to spa and gym equipment.it's a stressful time. As the last round comes to an end, the course closes - there's just a month to add the finishing touches to the course for the Ryder Cup. Director of golf Jim Mackenzie and his team are working flat out to make sure the greens are in pristine condition for the arrival of golfing glitterati. Newport City Council leader Matthew Evans is also feeling the pressure.with just weeks to go, has he persuaded the city's residents about the benefits of the Ryder Cup and has he been able to capitalise on Newport's newly found fame to secure new investors into the city? Will there be a legacy for the struggling city after the golfing stars and media frenzy has left?
- 2010-10-01 15:45:00 - 2010-10-01 16:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,