Jensen Berridge & # 39; s personal congratulatory letter from Jim Furyk lay unopened for several weeks while 3 Hammers complex was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic
A teenage Staffordshire amateur became the first winner of a sportsmanship named after former big winner Jim Furyk – and received a personal congratulatory letter from the American.
When the United States was crushed by Europe in the Ryder Cup in Paris in October 2018, many were inspired by the kind-hearted way that American Captain Furyk chose defeat on his part.
Here was a man encapsulating the lessons of all competitive young children as they grow up – that it's not victory, it's about participation.
Malcolm Rea d, an amateur golf player from Staffordshire who was in the United States at the time, was so inspired that he wrote to US Open champion Furyk 2003 to express his admiration.
Furyk got back in touch, and the exchange that followed led to Read & # 39; s club, The 3 Hammers just outside Wolverhampton, who founded an award for sportsmanship on behalf of Furyk .
The first recipient of the Jim Furyk Award for Sportiness was chosen; 14-year-old Jensen Berridge, a six-handicapper who plays for Staffordshire, won the award for all the time volunteering and accompanying juniors at the club.
And, in early March, Furyk wrote a personal letter congratulating Jensen.
Unfortunately, it was just before the closure of the coronavirus and, as the course was closed, the letter arrived and remained unopened there.
But when the course reopened in June and they went through three months of mail, they found the letter – and the club presented it, as well as the award itself, which is to become an annual award at the club.
A nice touch of class from Jim and a nice surprise for Jensen.
Jim Furyk's American team was defeated by Europe by Thomas Bjorn with 17½-10½ during the Ryder Cup 2018