Liam gets Olly's Ryder Cup cap
UNIQUE SOUVENIR FOR DUNDALK MAN
Published 03/10/2012 | 21:07
GOLFING fan Liam O'Reilly made a perfect catch at the Ryder cup in Chicago when European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal threw his cap into the crowd.
Liam, who just returned yesterday morning (Tuesday) from the ' trip of a lifetime' to watch the world famous golf contest, said he was 'absolutely thrilled' to have come home with a unique memento.
'We were just yards away when Olazabal signed his hat and threw it up over the crowd. There was a bit of a scramble above us, so I couldn't believe it when I got my hands on it. It was just fantastic to get as I am a real fan of his,' said Liam, from Point Road.
A former championship winning member of the Cooley Kickhams team, he joked how he managed to jump that little bit higher to catch the cap: 'I think my old GAA training came good for me in the end!'
An avid golfer and member of Dundalk Golf Club, Liam had travelled out to watch the competition with a group of golfing fans, including his nephew Barry O'Reilly, who lives in Texas, and Patrick McGarity, who is also originally from Cooley, but is living in Little Rock, Arkansas.
'It was an incredible event to be at, the trip of a lifetime to be honest. The atmosphere out on the course was electric. It was a real rollercoaster too, as everyone thought the Americans had it won,' said Liam.
'Funny, as we headed out again on Sunday morning, Patrick said he was going to make the prediction that by the end of that day it would be dubbed ' the miracle of Medinah' and he was right!'
The Louth golfing fans were lucky enough to have a vantage point in the final moments of the competition.
'We were probably less than ten yards away from the 18th green, so it was great to be so close to the action.'
As for his plans for the celebrity cap, Liam said: ' I've been reliving the moment so much since, so I think it will have to be framed!'