Poulter, Ryder Cup wow college crowd

Ohio State's Bo Hoag holds the Ryder Cup after the players dinner at the Isleworth Collegiate.

WINDERMERE, Fla. – Each year, the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational tries to wow the players and coaches.

Last night at the player’s dinner, teams weren’t just satisfied by the buffet of never-ending food, but also wowed by the guest of the honor.

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Asher Wildman

This year the tournament brought in Europeans Ryder Cupper Ian Poulter to speak to the players and answer questions from a room full of aspiring tour pros. Poulter started his speech by talking about his days working in a pro shop before realizing one day he wanted “to be in the ropes, and not watching from outside them.”

Arizona senior Tarquin MacManus was impressed by what Poulter said especially hearing it from someone who worked so hard to get to where he is.

“It was good to see someone and hear how they overcame adversity,” MacManus said. “To get to where he is it shows you have to work hard and you can then achieve your dreams and goals.”

Ohio State Senior Bo Hoag was impressed with how Poulter talked about this year’s Ryder Cup.

“I thought the way Poulter described everything was as a gentlemen,” Hoag said. “I honestly was expecting a little more bragging from him, but instead everything he said sounded sincere and genuine.”

After Poulter’s question-and-answer session with the players, he had one more surprise for everyone in attendance. Upstairs in the men’s locker room, Poulter left the Ryder Cup with a photographer so that each player and coach could have their picture taken with it.

The smiles on all the players went from ear to ear, as most of them would love to be able to hoist the cup themselves one day for their respective team.

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