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New Zealand sporting legends back two-flag PowerPlay Golf

12.25am 26th August 2009 - Corporate

New Zealand sporting legends Sir Richard Hadlee, Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan joined other celebrities from the sporting world as New Zealand got its first taste of PowerPlay Golf® – the new global two-flag golfing format – last week at the prestigious Clearwater Golf Club.

And the overwhelming view was that this particular sporting short form is here to stay, with golfers enjoying the high-pressure competitive elements and shortened time frame of PowerPlay Golf, which breaks golf’s normal 18-hole mould by being played exclusively over 9 holes.

Fine weather blessed the PowerPlay Golf launch event on Monday 17th August 2009, at the Christchurch-based golf club. 58 competitors, including international sports stars and representatives from the region’s golf clubs, took part in two simultaneous events, all tackling the unique ‘risk and reward’ golfing format – where golfers have a limited number of ‘PowerPlays’ to the harder of two flags on each green, in return for extra Stableford points – for the first time.

Golfers can go online after their game, registering to earn PowerPlay Golf Dollars, climbing World Rankings and competing in user-generated PowerPlay Golf Leagues both locally and around the world.

The format is being taken up by TV broadcasters keen to televise golf in a more compressed time-frame in the belief that this will increase golfing TV audiences.

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