Apr 20th, 2017
Vernon Kay to host GolfSixes
At the Centurian Club
Words: John Dean
Television host and golf fan Vernon Kay will co–host the new GolfSixes tournament.
Kay will introduce proceedings from the first tee as the new short form of golf gets under way at the Centurion Club in St Albans on May 6–7, and will be interacting with players and celebrity guests as he presents the action live across the weekend.
Two–man teams from 16 nations will compete around a six–hole circuit for a prize fund of €1 million – and tickets are available now at www.golfsixes.com/tickets.
Kay is best known for hosting entertainment shows including Beat the Star, The Whole 19 Yards and Family Fortunes, will bring his passion and enthusiasm for golf to the event as he introduces GolfSixes to fans at the venue and watching at home.
Kay said: “I’m a huge golf fan, and avid participant, so I’m excited to be involved in the first ever GolfSixes event.
“I love the traditional format of golf – and I’m always trying to bring the handicap down – but this event is fresh and energetic, and I hope we will be able to entertain existing fans as well as attracting new people to the sport, whether they come along and interact with us over the weekend, or watch from home.
“There will be a lot of action going on around the course, with players and celebrity guests getting involved, and I’m looking forward to being at the heart of it all.”
Ryder Cup stars Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan will be hoping that home advantage pays off when they team up to represent England at GolfSixes.
They will face stiff opposition from all over the world in the shape of two–man teams representing Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, The Netherlands, USA and Wales.
In the build–up and throughout the event European Tour digital platforms will deliver an ‘access all areas’ fan experience. During the event Facebook Live and Twitter Live will be used to stream in–round interviews, Q&As with players, and country and team overviews.
The interactive at–event fan experience will feature polls and live social media content on the big screens. The live broadcast will focus on bringing fans closer to the action through greater player interaction and unique camera angles.
Full list of countries and players (in order of ranking)
1) ENGLAND: Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan
2) ITALY: Matteo Manassero, Renato Paratore
3) THAILAND: Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
4) INDIA: S.S.P Chawrasia, Chikkarangappa S
5) AUSTRALIA: Sam Brazel, Scott Hend
6) DENMARK: Thorbjørn Olesen, Lucas Bjerregaard
7) FRANCE: Alexander Levy, Grégory Bourdy
8) NETHERLANDS; Joost Luiten, Reinier Saxton
9) SPAIN: Pablo Larrazábal, Alejandro Cañizares
10) SCOTLAND: Richie Ramsay, Marc Warren
11) SOUTH AFRICA: Darren Fichardt, Brandon Stone
12) USA: Paul Peterson, David Lipsky
13) WALES: Bradley Dredge, Jamie Donaldson
14) BELGIUM: Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Detry
15) SWEDEN: Johan Carlsson, Joakim Lagergren
16) PORTUGAL: Ricardo Gouveia, José-Filipe Lima
We'll be going, and really like the look of the Colsearts and Detry pairing. That's got to be worth a follow!