In 1927 Samuel Ryder, a British seed merchant, emerged as the key donor behind the establishment of a bi-annual contest between two teams of golfers, one from the USA, the other from Great Britain and Ireland. Going on to donate a gold cup for the competition, Ryder lends his name to one of the greatest events in global sport.
The Ryder Cup is a contest famous for its contested rivalry as well as for the class of its competitors. Most notably of all, at the 1969 cup the USA's Jack Nicklaus conceded the final putt of the competition to Tony Jacklin, tying the contest - one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship of all time.
Following a period of American domination, the Ryder Cup is now contested between teams representing the USA and Europe.
On Friday 30th 2018 two Old School communities, representing the USA and Great Britain and Ireland, will hark back to the founding of the Ryder, coming together to compete for The Ryder Cup of Old School.
The contest will be short but deadly, with the international teams duelling in Magic's oldest format: sudden-death Chaos Orb flips. The winning team will carry the engraved trophy back to their homeland:
The Great Britain and Ireland team will feature a selection of founding members of London's Brothers Of Fire, while the US team will be centred on Chicago's Lords Of The Pit, with additional members drawn from across the fifty states.
The tournament will take place during down-time at N00bcon in Gothenburg and will be presided over by an impartial international judge (yet to be found).