Editor's Note: Scott Erdmann, 34, of Tigard, Ore., is filing blog entries of his week at the 25th PGA Cup, his first appearance in the premier international event for PGA club professionals. Erdmann, who tied for second in the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship, is a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, who holds dual citizenship since arriving in the United States at age 2. He did not begin to play golf in earnest until age 20, and turned professional in 1997. He earned PGA of America membership in 2005, and is a PGA assistant professional at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore.
By Scott Erdmann
It was extra special to have Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III call us before the Opening Ceremonies. For any Ryder Cup Captain to take time out and wish us all was great. When we lined up and you see the flag go up, you get the chills down the spine.
I think that all our guys are getting to be friends and that is something you don’t know how it will turn out when you get here. It’s the same for the wives or partners. My wife, Ionella, has bonded well with the other wives and that’s great.
Ionella already has made an impact here. On Wednesday, she was on a team that made the playoffs in Bocce ball. She beat me by a long shot.
You know that anybody that has earned a berth to get here has a ton of support at home. From wives to girlfriends, everyone made many sacrifices.
I don’t know if this course is a benefit for one team over the other. I don’t know what it is to play over there. I can only guess that it’s a different type of golf. We worked this week on getting paired with the person we thought would be best for our own game. I think that it is great to be playing with Danny Balin. He’s longer than I am, but we have blended well.
It’s been a good week of practice, and now it’s time to play.