Firm marks Ryder Cup victory to a tee

By Patrick LowmanAN East Anglian business has made sure that Europe's historic Ryder Cup victory will never be forgotten.For a firm in Bury St Edmunds has produced thousands of commemorative tees that will surely have the Americans heading for the bunker.

By Patrick Lowman

AN East Anglian business has made sure that Europe's historic Ryder Cup victory will never be forgotten.

For a firm in Bury St Edmunds has produced thousands of commemorative tees that will surely have the Americans heading for the bunker.

Lee's Tees, which is run by former Suffolk junior golf champion Jeremy Lees, has ensured that whenever Colin Montgomery and his Ryder Cup-winning team-mates tee-off in the future, they will always have a reminder of their remarkable feat.


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The company has printed hundreds of wooded tees bearing the scoreline, USA 9.5-Europe 18.5, from last month's Ryder Cup in America.

Mr Lees, a keen golf fan and follower of the Ryder Cup, said he got the idea for the tees from his brother-in-law after the historic victory.

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“After the Ryder Cup victory we got some dyes and printed the tees with the scoreline,” he added.

“I then gave some to David Mosgrove, who is a former caddy for Sandy Lyle, to give each member of the team a box full. All the players have now got the tees.

“We have already made more than 10,000 and the orders are flooding in from all over the country. I am really chuffed that this company has ensured that this scoreline will be seen all over the world and will never be forgotten.”

One of the Ryder Cup-winning stars, the flamboyantly-dressed Ian Poulter, is using the tees to make sure the Americans will be reminded of their drubbing when they compete in this weekend's American Express Championship.

Poulter missed out on qualification for the tournament in Mount Juliet, Ireland, but has handed several of the tees to his Ryder Cup team-mates - including Darren Clarke, Sergio Garcia and Paul McGinley - who are taking part.

“I gave the boys a pile of tees before they left and told them 'Drop a fistful of these in the tee boxes down at Mount Juliet',” said Poulter. “If any of the U.S. boys pick up the tee pegs, they are certain to get the point.”

He added: “The Americans always used to beat us hands down, so it is worth celebrating that the wheel has turned and I can't think of a better way than using these tees.

Lee's Tees was established in 1975 and prints tees for a number of professional golfers, including Montgomery and Clarke.

patrick.lowman@eadt.co.uk

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