The Golf European Team Championships start tomorrow:
Supported by both the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour, the 2018 European Golf Team Championships promises to be a special moment for golf fans. Set amongst the stunning surroundings of Gleneagles — where Europe claimed a famous Ryder Cup victory in 2014 — the event will include competitions for men and women along with a groundbreaking mixed event. Make sure you’re in place to witness history as Scotland re-affirms its international reputation as the home of golf. Players from 15 countries will compete for medals on behalf of their nations in the inaugural European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles. Connor Syme, Catriona Matthew, Lee Slattery and Laura Davies are amongst some of the British golfers set to compete. The first ever European Golf Team Championships will have individual competitions for men, women and also a mixed team event. The objective of the game is to ultimately get the ball in the hole in the fewest number of shots, across an 18-hole golf course. The European Golf Team Championships will be played in two different formats of the game with the individual element involving Match Play while the team event will be Stroke Play. Match Play involves two players playing head-to-head in a knockout format with the lowest score winning on each hole. Stroke Play is the cumulative score for each player across the full 18 holes with the lowest total across all participants being the winning score. This week will kick off the first ever Golf European Championship competition at the legendary Gleneagles in Scotland. While the event is certainly playing 2nd fiddle this week to the PGA Championship, it is still a great feat by the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour to sponsor the competition. The main goal of the competition is to spread the game throughout Europe and have more European representation in the European Tour and Challenge Tour. Fifteen countries are being represented in this year's tournament, with non-traditional golf countries like Portugal, Iceland, and Austria! I think this event will help to spread the game throughout Europe, and hopefully we see teams from Croatia, Romania, and other non-traditional golf countries teams in the near future!