We wanted to give you all a very short update on what’s been going on in the world of SPRINT6GOLF since our launch back in June. Here at the SPRINT6GOLF office we love all things golf, as long as it is not too stuffy and ponderous, so we’ve really enjoyed this summer having seen some historic performances and exciting new developments for us and the game.
Our stand out performance of the summer was Henrik Stenson’s final round at The Open. His toe to toe battle with Phil Mickelson was compelling viewing and shows how exciting golf is when it becomes a match play contest. These two left the rest of the field for dust with their magnificent play.
We also loved the reintroduction of golf to the Olympics despite the organisers choosing a very standard 72-hole individual format. Justin Rose won the gold medal and has shown since then how much the victory means to him. A true champion. Hopefully they will rethink the format and introduce a team match play format for 2020.
Our amateur ambassadors, Marco Penge and Sophie Lamb, also had good summers. Marco’s highlight was his strong performance whilst captaining the GB&I team in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Sophie capped off her summer by winning the Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play by 2 shots.
And, we cannot forget Gareth Bale inspiring his Wales team to extraordinary feats in the European Football Championships!
Our goal this summer was to get golfers playing and enjoying SPRINT6GOLF. Several golf courses held trial events with player feedback on the whole being very complimentary. We knew a few golfers just wouldn’t like the faster format, but we were pleased there were so few; and many commented on how thinking less actually improved their games!
We must single out and give thanks to Buckinghamshire Golf Club for their efforts in holding several very social Club Nights. John O’Leary and his team really engaged their membership and made it a regular fun event throughout the summer.
We have had a couple of successful events in Germany, thanks to the Goto Golf Team based near Cologne. Along with interest from other countries we hope to expand these efforts and get more countries playing SPRINT6GOLF soon.
Dozens of golf clubs have been keen to learn more about SPRINT6GOLF. The positive benefits it brings to the game are a draw for these clubs and only the efforts to get golfers trying SPRINT6GOLF are holding back our speed of growth. Clubs know that golf needs to embrace new initiatives to encourage greater participation and ensure continued growth of the traditional game.
As an example, the 2nd quarter of this year saw the number of rounds played decline by 12% (bad weather probably increased this figure slightly) which shows that the game is stagnating. We created SPRINT6GOLF because we believe golf needs something for the youth to embrace to ensure there are club members for the future, and we know it will allow existing golfers to fit more golf into their busy lives. Golf is competing against many different sports and pastimes and needs to ensure it doesn’t diminish in popularity in the same way as snooker has.
We are starting to look towards 2017 but before then we will be working throughout the winter to encourage clubs to hold internal matches for their members to try SPRINT6GOLF. This allows clubs to offer something different to their members that works perfectly on a cold winters day when you just need a short golfing fix, instead of over 4 hours freezing on the course.
Our 2017 plans are coming together nicely; we hope to bring a dynamic exhibition match to showcase the new style entertainment that SPRINT6GOLF will deliver to sports fans. Watch this space!
Thanks for your support.
Tom Critchley & the SPRINT6GOLF Team