English teams ready for GolfSixes
April 12, 2018
England, represented by Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace, and the England Women’s Team of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull will go head-to-head at GolfSixes after the draw for this year’s competition was made at host venue Centurion Club in St Albans, near London.
“It should be a great match. I’ve never played with Matt or Eddie before, so we’ll see how it goes, but I just can’t wait for the week to get started," said Hall.
“We play against the same players every week so for us to play against the men is a big change but I think it will be awesome. I’m ready to give it my best against them. I can’t wait. It’s in England which is quite rare for females who play in the LPGA to play at home.
“I think the big thing is that this is something different, it’s only six holes so you get a result quite quickly and then the next team comes along. I think it’s great for fans.
“Me and Charlie have known each other since we were ten and played throughout England together and Solheim Cup in a match together. We have similar games, we’re quite aggressive, so I think it will be a good week.”
Hall and Hull made the draw alongside Lucas Bjerregaard, who won the inaugural event for Team Denmark with Thorbjørn Olesen, for the group stage of the second edition of GolfSixes, which takes place from May 5-6, 2018, and tickets are available to buy now HERE
“I’ve played with Eddie before. He’s a really nice guy and he’s playing some good golf so it will be fun to play with him." - Charley Hull
“I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be good fun to try something different. I haven’t really played in an event like this before.
“It’s a good thing for golf and I think the fans will enjoy it too. It will be good fun, the home fans will get to see two sides with the women and the men playing. I think it will get all different people into the event.”
The two England teams will also face Sweden and South Africa in Group D.
Lucas Bjerregaard said: "It was a lot of fun last year and just a great event, we’re looking forward to defending. It was great to see all the kids last year just having a blast. Everyone in the fanzone and out on the course, people just seemed to think it was a lot of fun.
“I think the fact that it’s only six holes makes it so much easier for kids to enjoy. It’s not a whole day, and there’s lots of other stuff they can do. It was just an amazing couple of days and I’m really looking forward to it again.
“GolfSixes started a whole bunch of things last year like the shot clock, and now we have the Shot Clock Masters event. They are trying new things and are not afraid of it. I can’t remember ladies and men playing against each other in matches like these before so it’s going to be very interesting and I think we’re going to have a tough time beating them.
“We don’t interact that much between the two tours and it’s a great way to start that up a bit more. Hopefully and I think it’s going to be a great success as well. It’s going to be a lot of fun, as I said it will be tough to beat them but I hope it’s really good because that could start something going down the line.”
The Captains Team of 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn and 2019 Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew were drawn alongside 2016 runners-up Australia, Spain and South Korea in Group B.
Team Denmark will take on Thailand, the United States and the European Women’s Team of Suzann Pettersen and Mel Reid.
The final wildcard team, Ireland, represented by Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan, were drawn against France, Italy and Scotland in Group C.
The 16 teams will compete over six holes in a group stage, with teams split into four groups of four, before the top two teams from each group progress to the knockout stages – the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, a third/fourth place play-off match and the final.
In the group stages, three points will be given for victory with one point awarded for a draw and the matches will be played in a greensomes match play format.
Once again the six holes will be themed, with the popular shot clock hole returning - with a penalty imposed if players take longer than 30 seconds per shot - alongside the long drive and closest to the pin holes. The innovative six-hole competition will have a festival feel with a centrally-located Fan Zone full of entertainment for all the family.
Full group stage draw
Denmark – Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjørn Olesen
Thailand – Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee
USA – Daniel Im and David Lipsky
European Women – Suzann Pettersen and Mel Reid