Mixed European Golf Team Championships Coming to Gleneagles
AND about time too! The European Tour and Ladies European Tour have announced the format and qualification process for a brand new tournament that will see men and women playing together in a revolutionary mix team event.
The European Golf Team Championships will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland from August 8-12, 2018 as part of the multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
It will feature a 50/50 gender field split, with male and female professionals competing for equal prize money in both a men’s and women’s team matchplay championship as well as an 18-hole foursomes strokeplay mixed team event.
Players will represent their countries, with 16 teams of two players competing in the men’s and women’s team events before combining to form teams of four (two men and two women) in a mixed team championship.
Qualification will be through the European Golf Team Championships Points Tables for men and women, which are based on men’s Official World Golf Ranking Points and women’s Rolex Ranking Points earned from tournaments finishing between July 10, 2017 and July 9, 2018, with a maximum of three teams representing any one nation in each event.
Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, who has been responsible for several innovations, said: “The inaugural European Golf Team Championships is an exciting addition to the 2018 European Tour schedule, and we are looking forward to this unique event at the historic Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course. There is a need for golf to embrace new formats and engage a wider audience, and following our recent announcement about the inclusion of female players in the revolutionary GolfSixes tournament, the European Championships presents yet another innovative opportunity to break new ground on a number of fronts.
“The opportunity to represent your country is a great honour that many players experience at amateur level, but the opportunities are fewer when they become professional. Add to this the match play element, and of course the intriguing prospect of the mixed team event, it all points to being a fantastic event for spectators at Gleneagles and those watching on free-to-air television across Europe.”
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