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HISTORIC NEW FORMAT FOR EUROPEAN
GOLF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

HISTORIC NEW FORMAT FOR EUROPEAN GOLF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

HISTORIC NEW FORMAT FOR EUROPEAN GOLF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The format and qualification process for a revolutionary new golf event, which will see male and female professionals play together in a ground breaking mixed team event, has been agreed by the European Tour and Ladies European Tour.

 

HISTORIC NEW FORMAT FOR EUROPEAN GOLF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

HISTORIC NEW FORMAT FOR EUROPEAN GOLF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The inaugural European Golf Team Championships will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland from 8-12 August 2018 as part of the innovative multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

HISTORIC NEW FORMAT FOR EUROPEAN
GOLF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The new format will feature a 50/50 gender split in the field with male and female professionals competing for equal prize money in both a Men’s and Women’s Team match play Championship as well as an 18-hole foursomes stroke play Mixed Team Championship.

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 the Mixed Team Championship.

Qualification for the Championships will be via 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 Monday 10th July 2017 and Monday 9th July 2018 with a maximum of three teams representing any one nation in each event.

Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman of the Ladies European Tour

Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman of the Ladies European Tour

Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman of the Ladies European Tour, said: “This summer’s European Golf Team Championships will be a totally unique event and we are extremely pleased that the men and women will play competitively together for equal prize money. As we have seen through the Olympic Games in Rio, the recent Oates Vic Open in Australia and the announcement to have mixed teams in the GolfSixes in the UK, there is a tremendous public appetite to see men and women competing. The format is terrific and the fact that the event will be shown throughout Europe via free-to-air television presents an unprecedented opportunity to bring new fans to the game.”

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour

, 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.”

The European Golf Team Championships will form part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. To be staged every four years, the European Championships will combine the existing European Championships of Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon. The first edition will be held in 2018 in a unique sporting partnership between Host Cities Glasgow and Berlin.

The European Golf Team Championships is the only new event being staged as part of Glasgow 2018 and will take place at the famous Jack Nicklaus-designed Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course – the same venue that hosted Europe’s memorable victory over the USA in The 2014 Ryder Cup and will also host The 2019 Solheim Cup in September 2019.

Sports Minister Aileen Campbell

Sports Minister Aileen Campbell

Sports Minister Aileen Campbell said: “Scotland, the Home of Golf is no stranger to innovation when it comes to golf so it is fitting that history will once again be made with men and women competing side by side in the European Golf Team Championships.  Scotland is a proud advocate of equality, not just in sport but in society, and I am delighted that the Glasgow 2018 European Championships is playing its part to effect positive change.”

Cllr David McDonald

Cllr David McDonald

Cllr David McDonald said: “Scotland gave the modern game of golf to the world – and this new format, within a new and exciting Championships, will see us continue to lead the way by improving access and equality in one of our most popular sports.“For the fans, this will be a unique opportunity to watch the best in Europe playing on a level footing, regardless of their gender. I’m proud that Glasgow is playing its part in bringing that to the sport.”

Tickets are now on sale for the European Golf Team Championships with adult prices from £10 for practice days and £15 on competition days. Children under the age of 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The Championships will be broadcast across the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the umbrella body for European free-to-air channels, with a potential audience of 1.03 billion. In the UK the Championships will be broadcast on the BBC, meaning it will be the only domestic live golf event shown on UK terrestrial television.

As part of the inaugural European Championships in 2018 around 3,000 athletes will visit Scotland for six events (Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon) while a further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the European Athletics Championships.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

 

For further information, please contact:

Bethan Cutler, Ladies European Tour – Bethan.cutler@ladieseuropeantour.com

Clare Bodel, European Tour – cbodel@europeantour.com

David Connor, EventScotland – david.connor@eventscotland.org

Mark Pryde, Glasgow 2018 mark.pryde@glasgow.gov.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

FORMAT AND QUALIFICATION OUTLINE

 Dates:  Wednesday 8th – Sunday 12th August 2018
Commitment deadline: Thursday 12th July 2018

Field:  16 teams of 2 players from eligible European (1) nations (32 players in total)

ELIGIBILITY FOR BOTH THE MENS AND WOMENS EVENTS:


  1. a) The host nation (Great Britain (2)) has one team automatically eligible which shall consist of the leading two eligible Great Britain players from the European Golf Team Championship (EGTC) points table. (3)
  2. b) The leading 15 teams not otherwise exempt in (a) above based on the aggregate EGTC points* earned by the leading 2* eligible entrants from each nation as at close of entries, when paired together.
  3. c) Each nation may only be represented by a maximum of 3 teams (including Great Britain).

*Note:

  • Where a nation may have more than one team eligible, the highest ranked player will be paired with the next highest ranked player from that nation (from the EGTC points table) and so on to determine eligibility and define the respective teams.
  • An entry into the European Golf Team Championships commits each player to participation in the Mixed Team Championships.

Definitions:

 (1) European nations deemed eligible for this event are defined in accordance with the 47 Member states of the Council of Europe plus Belarus, Kazakstan, Vatican City and Kosovo.

 (2) Great Britain will be regarded as one nation, not individual home nations (i.e. Not Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Players from Northern Ireland who have represented Ireland in golf in the Olympics or in other professional team golf tournaments will represent Ireland. Those who have represented Great Britain in Olympics or other professional golf team events will represent Great Britain. Those who have done neither can choose to represent Ireland or Great Britain.

 (3) European Golf Team Championship (EGTC) Points Table for male professionals will consist of OWGR points earned by each eligible entrant in OWGR Ranking tournaments scheduled to conclude between Monday 10th July 2017 and Monday 9th July 2018.  

For female professionals, the EGTC Points table will consist of Rolex Ranking points (Women’s World Golf Rankings) earned by each eligible entrant in Rolex Ranking Tournaments scheduled to conclude between Monday 10th July 2017 and Monday 9th July 2018.  

 FORMAT:
The tournament is a match play team event with each team comprised of two players.

The 16 teams will be seeded and split into 4 groups as follows based on the aggregate EGTC points total of the 2 team members.

GROUP AGROUP BGROUP CGROUP D
1

8

9

16

4

5

12

13

3

6

11

14

2

7

10

15

 

Group Stages

Match Play: – Each team will play the other three teams in their group with each contest consisting of a four-ball match.

Points will be awarded for each team match as follows:

  • Win – 2 points
  • Halved match – 1 point
  • Loss – zero points

(Note: Should a player from any one team be unable to participate in any group stage match for any reason or retire during a group stage match Rule 30-3(a) applies).

After the completion of all three group stage matches, the team with the highest number of points in each group will proceed to the Semi-Finals.

If, after all the matches have been played, two or more teams are tied on points, the following criteria will be used to determine the finishing order within the group:

  1. Where two teams are tied within a group (in any position within the group) then their specific match result will be used to determine which team is placed higher in the group.
  2. If two or more teams are still tied for first place within the group then those teams will compete in a four-ball “hole-by-hole” play-off.

iii.           NB. The play-off criteria is only used to determine the first place within the group.  Therefore once this position is resolved there is no requirement to use a play-off (or to continue a play-off) to determine 2nd, 3rd or 4th positions within a group, i.e. The scores in the play-off for those players finishing below 1st place will be disregarded and then the specific match results will be used to determine the remaining positions in the group for those tied teams. If any matches between such tied teams were halved, then those teams will share the prize money for the respective tied positions in the group.

Knockout Stages:

The Semi-finals, Final and 3rd place (Bronze medal) play-off will be played in foursomes match play over 18 holes. In the event that any match is all square after 18 holes a hole-by-hole play-off will take place in order to determine the winner of the match.

PRIZE MONEY (Euro):

Per Team                                            Per Player

1st €200,000 & Gold                            €100,000

2nd €100,000 & Silver                         €50,000

3rd €60,000 & Bronze                          €30,000

4th €30,000                                         €15,000

2nd in Group €15,000                           €7,500

3rd in Group €8,500                             €4,250

4th in Group €4,000                             €2,000

2018 European Golf Mixed Team Championships

Date: Saturday 11th August 2018
Field:  16 teams (maximum) of 4 players

Commitment:  An entry into the European Golf Team Championships commits each player to participation in the Mixed Team Championships.

ELIGIBILITY:
Only those players participating in the European Golf Team Championship will be eligible to play, (as per the above criteria).

NOTE:

  • The number of teams from any one nation will be defined by the number of teams (both male and female) that are eligible and entered into the European Golf Team Championships. The first team of 4 for each nation will comprise the leading 2 ranked male professionals and the leading two ranked female professionals from the respective EGTC points tables.
  • Where a nation has two or more eligible and entered male and female teams, the second team of 4 will comprise the next 2 highest ranked male professionals and the next two highest ranked female professionals from the respective EGCT points table. This pairing process will be repeated for any further eligible and entered male and female teams from that nation.

FORMAT:

  1. The format is 18 holes mixed foursome stroke play with each team being made up of two mixed foursome pairings. Within each team of 4, the highest ranked male professional (in the EGTC Points table) will always be paired with the lower ranked female professional (in the EGTC Points table) and vice versa.
  2. Teams will be drawn according to their combined EGTC points total with the highest ranked teams teeing off last.
  3. Separate teeing grounds will be used for male professionals and female professionals.
  4. The combined gross 18-hole scores of the two pairings in each team makes up that team’s score.
  5. Ties for medal positions (and prizemoney) will be broken by a “hole-by-hole” mixed foursomes play-off.  Each tied team will be represented in the play-off by the pairing from that team with the lower score in the mixed competition.  If both pairings from the tied team had the same score then the team members/respective nation’s captain shall decide who shall represent them in the play-off.

PRIZE MONEY (Euro):

Per Team                                  Per Player

1st €30,000 & Gold                   €7,500

2nd €20,000 & Silver               €5,000

3rd €14,000 & Bronze              €3,500

4th €10,000                                €2,500

5th €6,400                                  €1,600

6th €4,800                                  €1,200

7th €3,600                                  €900

8th €2,600                                  €650

9th €1,600                                  €400

10th – last place €1,000 (per team)     €250

To receive prize money, each team must complete 18 holes.

 

GLASGOW 2018 BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

 

  1. The 2018 European Championships will be staged by the European Federations and the Host Cities of Glasgow and Berlin.

 

  1. The Glasgow 2018 event will be held between 2nd and 12th August and the European Athletics Championships will be between 7th and 12th August in Berlin. Further information is available at www.glasgow2018.com.

 

  1. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the umbrella body for Europe free-to-air channels, will be the broadcast partner for the Championships. There is a potential television audience of around 1.03 billion for the event with many more viewers across multiple digital platforms.

 

  1. Around 3,000 athletes will travel to Scotland as part of a total delegation of around 8,500 including officials, media and others. A further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin.

 

  1. Berlin’s Olympic Stadium will be the venue for the European Athletics Championships with the road races and race walking events held throughout the city.

 

  1. The European Aquatics Championships will take place at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre, with Diving taking place at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool, Open Water Swimming being staged at Loch Lomond and Synchronised Swimming at Scotstoun Sports Campus.

 

  1. Four European Cycling Championships will be staged in Glasgow and its metropolitan area. Track, Road, Mountain Bike and BMX will attract 650 of Europe’s top names to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, the streets of Glasgow and the metropolitan area and a new world championship and Olympic standard BMX track to be built in the Knightswood area of the city.

 

  1. The European Golf Team Championships will take place at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course in Perth & Kinross. There will be three European Team Golf Championships: Men’s Team Championship, Women’s Team Championship and Mixed Team Championship.

 

  1. The European Artistic Gymnastics Men’s and Women’s Championships will be staged at The SSE Hydro, the venue for the 2015 FIG World Gymnastics Championships.

 

  1. The European Championships for both Rowing and Triathlon will both be staged at Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire.

 

  1. The Year of Young People 2018 will be the next of the Scottish Government’s series of themed years, following the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017. The Year of Young People (YOYP) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. Further information on what’s happening and how people can get involved can be found on the new website yoyp2018.scot or @YOYP2018 on Twitter.

 

  1. Glasgow 2018’s official partner level sponsors are Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government. For more information on Glasgow 2018’s full sponsor family, please visit www.glasgow2018.com/championships/about-european-championships/official-sponsors

 

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