Pittsford's Gavin Hall hangs out with U.S. Ryder Cup Team
Posted at: 10/02/2012 5:21 PM
| Updated at: 10/02/2012 6:11 PM
By: Robin De Wind | WHEC.com
Last week, a Pittsford teen played with the best young golfers in the country. After he was done representing the United States, he had a chance to hang out with the best American golfers on tour.
Pittsford Mendon senior Gavin Hall is back to classes and practicing, the things he always does, but don’t be fooled, Hall is still pinching himself about the past two weeks. He had the chance to represent his country twice and meet his golf idols along the way.
Gavin Hall is used to practicing in the rain. It’s the climate in Europe. And Hall would know. Two weeks ago, he was in Scotland for the Duke of York Young Champions Tournament at Royal Troon Golf Club, one of the Americans invited.
Last week, he represented the United States again as a member of the Junior Ryder Cup Team.
Gavin Hall, Jr. Ryder Cup Team, said, “Scotland was a great experience just being there seeing the culture, its different, but it made me a better player, and then going to the matches and playing for your country it doesn't get any better.”
Six boys and six girls competed against Europe at Olympia Field Country Club outside of Chicago. Hall played, a great way to cap off a junior career.
If a win wasn’t enough, Hall had a chance to hang out with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team on Thursday during their practice round. Rochester native and Ryder Cup Team Assistant Captain Jeff Sluman took Hall under his wing.
Hall said, “I met the guys. I met Tiger and Phil and Keegan, they were super nice. Phil was great he said us lefties have to stick together. He knew about me, but I had to pinch myself the whole day.”
Hall is back to doing what he loves, even on rainy days, the future is bright.
Hall said, “I’m proud of the way I handled myself in those two events. I played in Scotland and the Ryder Cup they're going to make me a better player down the road.”
Hall has a full scholarship to play golf at UCLA next year. He says despite the excitement of last week, he’s happy to be back home with family and friends.