Golf Sixes came to Ireland last week as the latest installment in the ‘Inside the Ropes’ initiative from the European Tour.
A group of sporting and business leaders gathered at the K Club in Kildare on a day of blistering sunshine and played out a competition that provided all the test of skill of a full 18 holes but over a round that included playing two rounds of only six holes at a time.
A shotgun start for six teams of four players each meant the first round took a little over an hour with breaks before, during and after to catch up and network.
At the end of the second round, Andrew Jenkinson of vStream emerged as the winner and was presented with his prize by Simon Allis, Tournament Director for the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin in 2018 and at Lahinch in 2019.
Among those to have come close on the day were US Embassy Charges D’Affaires Reece Smith and Patrick Murphy of Atomic Sport who were the agency behind the concept and design for ‘Inside the Ropes’.
It kicked off in Dublin in January when Rob Hartnett of Sport for Business interviewed Paul McGinley and Tony McCoy in front of a gathering of sporting and business leaders for what was a very special event.
“The intention is to bring our partners and those who feel as though the Dubai Duty free Open might be part of their plans in the future, just a little closer to the event and the sport,” said the European Tour’s James Hastings-Trew.
“We will be hosting a private audience with Sergio Garcia in Madrid and will have a number of events coming to Ireland over the summer and beyond.”
“The reaction to playing at the K Club and to being valued as real partners of what we are doing has gone down very well.”