“I write to you with news of an exciting development in the world of golf with which the English Golf Union (EGU) is proud to be associated,” he says.
“A global press conference will be hosted live on the PowerPlay Golf website www.powerplay-golf.com at 2pm UK time on Wednesday 13th April. I invite you to watch this event, which will explain more about what follows and how you can get your golf club involved.”
PowerPlay Golf is professional golf’s new tournament format, which golfers can play at any golf club worldwide. A series of TV events starting in 2011 featuring superstar Tour golfers will create demand for PowerPlay Golf at club level. To hold their own events, golf clubs simply need to become a PowerPlay Golf Official venue.
PowerPlay Golf is a new golfing format played over 9 holes, with two flags – the Black Flag and the White Flag– on every green. It uses the PowerPlay Golf points scoring system, which is a modified Stableford. The Black Flag is generally in a harder position. A golfer must go for a ‘PowerPlay’ to the Black Flag exactly 3 times in the first 8 holes. Net birdie or better when on a PowerPlay scores double points. On the final hole a player can choose to take a bonus PowerPlay but this has a ‘sting in the tail’… shoot net bogey or worse on a last-hole PowerPlay, and you lose 3 points!
“We are delighted to say that Paul Casey will be playing in the first televised PowerPlay Golf event, to be broadcast on May 30th, 2011,” John Petrie concluded. “Paul will be proudly representing his country and has kindly agreed to donate a proportion of his prize money to the English Golf Union which will be used to support other young players who follow in his footsteps.
“PowerPlay Golf hopes to engage golf clubs throughout our country in the interest which these TV events will create, by establishing a network of golf clubs which are ready, willing and able to offer the format to golfers within their community. The sport appeals to established club golfers, casual players, and beginners.
“Again, I invite you to visit www.powerplay-golf.com on Wednesday 13th April at 14:00 UK time, to watch the press conference.”