Two-times major winner Rory McIlroy has provided “great inspiration” for Capital star James Ross as he prepares to represent Europe for the first time in India this week.
The Royal Burgess player is part of a 12-strong team taking on an Asia Pacific side in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association Course in Bangalore.
The three-day match starts tomorrow and Ross posted a picture on Twitter showing a message from McIlroy, who played in the event himself in New Zealand eight years ago.
“As part of that winning team, I felt such a tremendous sense of pride and a belief that I had the game to compete at the highest amateur level – and perhaps beyond,” wrote the Northern Irishman.
“Your selection for the European team already says so much: your game is in great shape and you are amongst the finest golfers Europe has to offer.”
Delighted to read those words, Ross sent a tweet to @McIlroyRory saying: “Thanks for your note to the Team Europe boys this week. It’s a great inspiration to all of us!”
The players have been selected based on their World Amateur Golf Ranking and Ross was top Scot at one point in those standings towards the end of last year. The former Lothians Championship runner-up joins forces with some of Europe’s top amateurs, including German Dominic Foos, England’s Ashley Chesters and Gavin Moynihan from Ireland. “I’m very excited and grateful to be playing this week,” said the 2013 Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year, who is in his final year at the University of Houston.