What would happen if a team of single figure handicap golfers took on a team of seasoned professionals in a Ryder Cup-style head-to-head? Now we know – thanks to Single Figure Golfer, a brand new online community for low-handicap amateurs which launches a competition ‘tour‘ next March culminating in a high-profile team showdown against the Pros in October 2009.
Any golfer can join the club free of charge by registering on www.singlefiguregolfer.co.uk, but only those with a handicap under 10 have the right to call themselves SFGs and take part in the forthcoming nationwide tour.
SFG was officially launched at Woodhall Spa on 7-8th October, when a specially-selected UK SFG Team captained by Peter McEvoy OBE took on a Pro Challenge Team which included former Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup and Walker Cup stars Paul Way, Steve Richardson, Gordon Brand Jnr and Alison Nicholas.
The wily Pro team handed out a thorough 14Â½ to 5Â½ beating, although the experience was welcomed by the amateurs.
Paul Heming, SFG co-founder, said, “The general feeling was that the Pros were a little bit more streetwise, especially around the greens and when deciding when to play higher risk shots. I think the SFGs expected this to be a bit like a Pro-Am but having Peter McEvoy’s captaincy – and proper team meetings and the benefit of his experience – brought a lot more seriousness to the match.
“Once Peter had worked his magic, the SFGs were very keen to take a pro scalp. But the pros weren‘t going to let that happen easily and they very quickly developed a great sense of camaraderie and were always going to be very tough to beat.
“It was a heavy defeat, but the amateurs absolutely loved the experience and all went away buzzing.”
The SFG Tour is the flagship product of the new SFG community, where players compete in qualifying tournaments to earn their place on the UK SFG team, captained by McEvoy.
Each year the UK SFG team will play against ex Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Solheim Cup players in a grand finale to the season.
SFG members will also have access to special offers, custom-made clothing and travel breaks.
The SFG Tour will begin in March 2009, with regional tournaments which will produce 10 leading players to represent the UK SFG team against the Pro team.
For more about SFG, including results and pictures from Woodhall Spa, visit www.singlefiguregolfer.co.uk