This week’s inaugural European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles not only represents history with men and women playing together in a unique format for equal prize money – it also sees the return of live UK golf to free-to-air TV.
The Championships, which will comprise Men’s and Women’s Team events as well as a revolutionary Mixed Team format, will be screened live across the BBC network in addition to significant radio and online coverage.
Fronted by Eilidh Barbour, the BBC’s golf coverage from Gleneagles will see live action across Friday, Saturday and Sunday with highlights from the first two days of play.
It also marks the return of golf to a multi-sports environment for the first time since the Rio Olympics in 2016 with the BBC also providing extensive coverage of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, featuring aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon in addition to athletics from Berlin.
Eilidh, who took over from Hazel Irvine as the BBC’s golf anchor in 2017, said: “There’s no better place for a team competition on British soil than to go back to the scene of Europe’s last Ryder Cup victory – the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.
“Coming from Perthshire, I’m thrilled that once again it will be playing host to a huge international event and pictures of its beauty will be beamed all over the continent.
“What sets golf apart from every other sport is that men and women of all ages and abilities can play and compete together and it’s great to see mixed gender golf taking place in such a huge international event. I look forward to seeing it unfold and hope it can be something that is developed further in the future.”
The European 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.*full details of broadcast intentions in notes to editors
Colin Hartley, Glasgow 2018 Championships Director said: “We are delighted that the inaugural European Golf Team Championships will be accessible via free-to –air television allowing many people to watch this exciting and innovative format.
“It will be an historic occasion when the men and women tee it up together at Gleneagles showcasing their skills which in turn will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of golfers watching across the BBC network.”
Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman of the Ladies European Tour, said: “As Europe’s only team sport, it is fantastic for golf to have been included in the inaugural European Championships. And the team format means that the players have the rare opportunity to represent their countries and compete for gold medals as part of a multi-sport platform.
“Playing alongside the other sports with live television and digital coverage across the entire continent of Europe, means that many people will be able to see the incredibly talented players and personalities that we have in European women’s golf for the first time. We await with anticipation to see who will be crowned the Champions of Europe.”
Players from 15 nations will compete for medals in the European Golf Team Championships across five days of competition from 8-12 August.
The Championships 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. *full details of format in notes to editors
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.
The full team lists for the Men’s and Women’s Team Championships are:
|Men’s Team Championship||Women’s Team Championship|
|Callum Shinkwin & Lee Slattery||Great Britain 1||Georgia Hall & Laura Davies||Great Britain 1|
|Lorenzo Gagli &Guido Migliozzi||Italy 1||Catriona Matthew & Holly Clyburn||Great Britain 2|
|Pedro Oriol & Scott Fernandez||Spain 1||Olafia Kristinsdottir & Valdis Thora Jonsdottir||Iceland|
|Rhys Enoch & Charlie Ford||Great Britain 2||Celine Herbin and Astrid Vayson de Pradei||France 1|
|Connor Syme & Liam Johnston||Great Britain 3||Olivia Cowan & Karolin Lampert||Germany 1|
|Jose-Filipe Lima & Ricardo Santos||Portugal||Meghan Maclaren & Michele Thomson||Great Britain 3|
|Jarand Ekeland Arnoy & Kristian Krogh Johannessen||Norway||Emma Nilsson & Lina Boqvist||Sweden 1|
|Santiago Tarrio Ben & David Borda||Spain 2||Noemi Jimenez & Silvia Banon||Spain|
|Per Langfors & Johan Edfors||Sweden 1||Isi Gabsa & Leticia Ras-Anderica||Germany 2|
|Birgir Hafthorsson &
|Iceland||Marianne Skarpnord & Marita Engzelius||Norway|
|Adrian Meronk &
|Poland||Ursula Wikstrom & Noora Komulainen||Finland|
|Francesco Laporta & Alessandro Tadini||Italy 2||Justine Dreher & Manon Molle||France 2|
|Michael Hoey & Neil O’Briain||Ireland||Johanna Gustavsson & Julia Engstrom||Sweden 2|
|Martin Ovesen &
Niklas Norgaard Moller
|Denmark||Christine Wolf & Sarah Schober||Austria|
|Christopher Mivis & Lars Buijs||Belgium||Cajsa Persson & Linda Wessberg||Sweden 3|
|Daniel Jennevret &
|Sweden 2||Chloe Leurquin & Manon De Roey||Belgium|
Confirmed team lists and pairing for the Mixed Team Championships are (NB – additional teams may be added): Mixed Team Championships
|Callum Shinkwin & Laura Davies||GREAT BRITAIN 1
|Lee Slattery & Georgia Hall|
|Rhys Enoch & Holly Clyburn||GREAT BRITAIN 2
|Charlie Ford & Catriona Matthew|
|Connor Syme & Michele Thomson||GREAT BRITAIN 3
|Liam Johnston & Meghan Maclaren|
|Lorenzo Gagli & Stefania Avanzo
|ITALY||Guido Migliozzi & Diana Luna|
|Pedro Oriol & Silvia Banon
|SPAIN||Scott Fernandez & Noemi Jimenez|
|Jarand Ekeland Arnoy & Marita Engzelius||NORWAY
|Kristian Krogh Johannessen & Marianne Skarpnord|
|Per Langfors & Lina Boqvist||SWEDEN 1||Johan Edfors & Emma Nilsson
|Daniel Jennevret & Julia Engstrom
|SWEDEN 2||Mikael Lundberg & Johanna Gustavsson
|Birgir Hafthorsson & Valdis Thora Jonsdottir||ICELAND
|Axel Gradecki & Olafia Kristinsdottir|
|Clemens Gaster & Sarah Schober||AUSTRIA
|Neumayer & Christine Wolf|
|Christopher Mivis & Manon De Roey||BELGIUM
|Lars Buijs & Chloe Leurquin|
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 is being 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 next year.
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.
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.