|GolfSixes Gets Off To Positive Start With Danes Emerging as Inaugural Winners|
Monday, 08 May 2017 14:16
Denmark are the first ever GolfSixes champions after a 3-1 victory over Australia in the final at the Centurion Club.
The European Tour was breaking new ground in St Albans with 16 teams of two starting the weekend and battling it out first in a group stage and then a knockout over six holes in greensomes.
By Sunday evening only two teams remained and it was Thorbjørn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard who took home the trophy after a hard-fought win over Scott Hend and Sam Brazel in front of an excitable crowd.
Entrance music, pyrotechnics and a sprinkling of celebrity gave the event a whole new feel but it was world class golf that proved to be the highlight, with Olesen claiming his second team win for Denmark in six months after his victory at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf alongside Søren Kjeldsen.
Bjerregaard said: "I think it's definitely got the crowds' attention. I was really happy to see how many kids came out these last couple days, and hopefully that will get some of them into golf and think it's fun."
Scotland's Richie Ramsay echoed the Dane's positive comments on the inaugural event. "It's been great," he said. "It's a really good format. With all the activities around it, the guys have done a great job.
"The biggest thing is, a lot of young kids are out watching and hopefully they take to it and say to their mum and dad – we want to go out there and we want to try golf and see what it's like. I think it's something for the future we can build on."