- Junior golfers get chance to compete in Golf Foundation’s ‘GolfSixes Academy’ following Denamr’’s win in European Tour event.
- GolfSixes new short form of the sport showcased for first-time by the tour at Centurion Club at weekend.
- Golf Foundation set to run 32 events for youngsters to try out the six-hole format throughout the summer.
Following Denmark’s victory in the European Tour’s first GolfSixes event on Sunday, the Golf Foundation will be helping youngsters to emulate their heroes by piloting ‘GolfSixes Academy’ events this summer.
GolfSixes is the new short form of golf from the European Tour that sees two-man teams from 16 nations competing around a six-hole circuit for a prize fund of €1 million.
It was the Danish team of Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard who took home the trophy after a hard-fought win over Australia’s Scott Hend and Sam Braxel in the final, winning 3-1 at the Centurion Club.
Before the main event got underway, the Golf Foundation, thanks to the European Tour, staged its own junior GolfSixes team event, a pitch and putt away from the main action on the St Albans course on Pro-Am Friday.
Several star players, including finalists Olesen, Bjerregaard, Hend and Braxel, and agreed to captain four teams of five boys and girls from local schools taking part.
And now, the Golf Foundation, which received funding from Sport England to help run the programme, will run 32 junior events employing the six-hole format across England this summer.
Promising new young golfers will represent their golf clubs in a league against other local clubs while kitted out in team shirts. All the clubs involved operate the Golf Foundation’s successful HSBC Golf Roots programme that helps young people to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf.
The Golf Foundation, who received funding from Sport England to run the programme, is supported by The R&A.
Frederik Lindgren, Head of Corporate Responsibility at the European Tour, said, “One of the main aims of the new GolfSixes concept is to attract more people to the sport, whether that is taking up the game themselves or as spectators.
“Through our existing relationship with the Golf Foundation, together we identified the GolfSixes Academy concept as a great way of bringing the GolfSixes format directly to young people in clubs across England, the host country of the first ever event, allowing the benefits of the format to extend beyond the opening weekend at Centurion Club.”
Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “The aim of the Golf Sixes Academy is to encourage more young people, supported by their parents, to enjoy the fun and competitive team atmosphere of golf, similar to other team sports such as football or netball, so that they want to play golf on a more regular basis.“GolfSixes, with its team formats and kit, Texas scramble shotmaking for the kids and the family involvement, will be a great addition to our support for clubs and we are hugely grateful to the European Tour for allowing us to embrace the GolfSixes brand in this way.”