With just less than one week to go until the historic European Golf Team Championships tee off at Gleneagles, teams have been finalised with players from 15 nations set to compete for medals across five days of competition.
In a ground-breaking format, both male and female professionals will compete in a revolutionary Mixed Team format as well as a Men’s and Women’s Team event from 8-12 August 2018, as part of the innovative multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Teams from Great Britain will lead the way with a maximum representation of six teams – three each in both the men’s and women’s event – while Sweden will be represented by five in total, two men’s teams and three women’s.
Four-time Major winner Dame Laura Davies will headline the women’s draw, playing with Solheim Cup star Georgia Hall, while 2019 Solheim Cup European Team Captain Catriona Matthew will get the chance to see the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in competitive action when she lines up alongside England’s Holly Clyburn for the second GB team.
In the Men’s Championship, Callum Shinkwin and Lee Slattery will play together in the first Great Britain team while an all-Scottish team of Connor Syme and Liam Johnston will be hoping for victory on home soil. Michael Hoey will represent Ireland alongside Neil O’Briain looking to follow up on his last victory in Scotland at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2011.
Elsewhere, male players ranked in the top 3 for their nations outside of those competing in the US PGA Championship, will represent Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Iceland and Poland.
Michael Hoey said: "It’s always an honour to represent Ireland, so I am looking forward to teeing it up with Neil at Gleneagles. It’s always amazing for us playing close to home in Scotland."
"The atmosphere created by the fans always makes it special for us, the venue is spectacular and with the team element added to this event, it is definitely going to be a lot of fun for everyone involved."
Olivia Cowan, who will represent Germany, added: "I am really excited to be playing for Germany again. That’s the one thing I really miss about being an amateur is playing the European Team Championships for Germany. Being in a team and representing your country is the best feeling. And I'm happy about having Karo as my partner, we are good friends and I think we'll make a great team."
The European Golf Team Championships will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland from 8-12 August 2018, featuring 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.
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.
Qualification for the Championships has been via the European Golf Team Championships Points Tables for men and women, which are based on men’s Official World Golf Ranking Points and women’s Rolex Ranking Points earned from tournaments finishing between Monday 10th July 2017 and Monday 9th July 2018 with a maximum of three teams representing any one nation in each event.
Find out more about the European Golf Team Championships at www.glasgow2018.com
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