Two Scottish legends are trying ahead to historical past being made on the inaugural European Golf Group Championships at Gleneagles in August.
Catriona Matthew and Paul Lawrie, the final two Scottish gamers to win Main Championships, consider the occasion – which can see women and men play collectively in a 50/50 area break up for equal prize cash for the primary time – is a novel alternative for each female and male gamers.
Comprising a part of the multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships, the European Golf Group Championships is an modern format which can see a males’s, ladies’s and combined occasion performed on the enduring PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.
Matthew, who will captain the European Solheim Cup group on the venue in September 2019, stated it was an excellent alternative for girls to indicate their high quality alongside their male counterparts and likewise urged potential Solheim Cup group members to seize the prospect of aggressive motion at Gleneagles forward of her group choice.
The North Berwick star, who received the Girls’s British Open in 2009, stated: “It is a unbelievable alternative for Europe’s main feminine gamers to bolster how robust the ladies’s recreation is by taking part in alongside males and to proceed to lift the profile of ladies’s golf on a global stage.
“These alternatives don’t come round fairly often and I’m trying ahead to seeing the groups go head-to-head. I’ll even be utilizing it as a chance to control among the potential European Solheim Cup group members to see how they fare over the PGA Centenary Course in aggressive motion.”
Aberdeen-based Lawrie, Scotland’s final males’s Main Champion following his victory at The Open at Carnoustie in 1999, added: “It’s a nice feeling representing your nation, notably in such a person occasion as golf and taking part in as a part of a group is just not one thing you get to do fairly often as an expert golfer.
“The prospect to play within the first-ever European Golf Group Championships and to be a part of historical past is one thing particular in addition to an excellent alternative for gamers who’ve aspirations of taking part in in a Ryder Cup or Solheim Cup group.”
Lawrie, who received the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in 2012 to cement his place within the European Ryder Cup group at Medinah, added: “Gleneagles is a particular place to play golf and the gamers can have a unbelievable expertise. It’s an thrilling course on which to play match play golf with so many danger and reward holes and a really thrilling end.”
The inaugural European Golf Group Championships is backed by each the European Tour and Girls European Tour and can happen at Gleneagles in Scotland from Eight-12 August 2018 as a part of the modern multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
The brand new format will characteristic a 50/50 gender break up within the area with female and male professionals competing for equal prize cash in matthboth a Males’s and Girls’s Group match play Championship in addition to an 18-hole foursomes stroke play Combined Group Championship.
Qualification for the Championships shall be by way of the European Golf Group Championships Factors Tables for women and men, that are based mostly on males’s Official World Golf Rating Factors and ladies’s Rolex Rating Factors earned from tournaments ending between Monday 10th July 2017 and Monday ninth July 2018 with a most of three groups representing anyone nation in every occasion. Deadline for shut of entries is Thursday 12th July.
The European Golf Group Championships will kind a part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. To be staged each 4 years, the European Championships will mix the prevailing European Championships of Athletics, Aquatics, Biking, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon. The primary version shall be held in 2018 in a novel sporting partnership between Host Cities Glasgow and Berlin.
Tickets at the moment are on sale for the European Golf Group Championships with grownup costs from £10 for follow days and £15 on competitors days. Kids beneath the age of 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an grownup.
The Championships shall be broadcast throughout the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the umbrella physique for European free-to-air channels, with a possible viewers of 1.03 billion. Within the UK the Championships shall be broadcast on the BBC, that means it will likely be the one home dwell golf occasion proven on UK terrestrial tv.
As a part of the inaugural European Championships in 2018 round three,000 athletes will go to Scotland for six occasions (Aquatics, Biking, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon) whereas an extra 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as a part of the European Athletics Championships.