EVEN for those who only take a passing interest in the sport, the Ryder Cup golfing rivalry between the US and Europe is always something to behold.
Every contest ends up on a knife-edge, and the scenes of sheer elation that occur make the tournament a crowd-pleaser.
Who could ever forget Irishman Paul McGuinley leaping into a water hazard after he held his nerve to give Europe victory by the smallest of margins, or rookie American Boo Weekley galloping down the first fairway after securing a 16½-11½ victory for the US at Valhalla in 2008?
Certainly not the Southern Cape bowls fraternity, it seems.
There has been a long-held belief that Knysna is the powerhouse of the region when it comes to dominating the greens, much to the chagrin of bowlers in other centres.
But now the time has come to officially set the record straight – and it is the Ryder Cup that has provided the inspiration.
From 9am to late afternoon on September 26, hosts Knysna Bowling Club and Leisure Isle Bowling Club, playing under the banner of "Knysna Principality", will challenge a combination of the best of the rest from Plettenberg Bay and Sedgefield.
Each club will be required to select only their best players to compete for the PT Super-Bowls Cup, which has been sponsored by Personal Trust International.
Like the Ryder Cup, each team will have a captain who will select his or her best players – both men and women – for a particular format, be it singles, pairs or fours.
Knysna Bowling Club president Paulo Vitali said the Ryder Cup format was "something new and unique" which, it was hoped, would attract more people to the sport.
"It has never been tried before. One or two of our members came up with the idea, and it just took off from there.
"Knysna's two clubs have traditionally been very strong, but it is time to prove how strong we are.
"We have had a very good response so far, and everyone is really excited about it.
He said it was hoped that the day would reach a thrilling climax, just as it has at virtually every Ryder Cup.
"On the final day, you have player against player, and the outcome is never decided until the final moments. It is so exciting. That is what we are hoping to see with the first PT Super-Bowls Cup."
Whether anyone takes the plunge into the Knysna Lagoon at the end of the day remains to be seen.