A quicker, shorter format of golf for players of all ages and abilities, SPRINT6GOLF, has been launched, with several key golf governing bodies supporting the concept.

SPRINT6GOLF is played over just six holes and utilises a free mobile app with a 30-second shot clock to ensure a flowing and continuous pace of play.

SPRINT6GOLF is the brainchild of Tom Critchley, the son of Sky Sports commentator and ex-Walker Cup player, Bruce Critchley.

“For a couple of years now golf fans and media have been calling for a shorter, quicker form of golf. No one else was coming forward with the answer and I’d had this idea for a while, so it was a logical step to create SPRINT6GOLF” explained Tom.

“We are starting at grassroots level to give anyone, including club golfers, the opportunity to enjoy SPRINT6GOLF, but our vision is to show how exciting and dynamic it can be when the best players in the world start competing in professional tournaments.”

2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has spoken about the need for a new format to increase participation, commenting, “SPRINT6GOLF is a very exciting and innovative new golf format that will be good for the game. I think it will bring a new audience to the sport, and I’m really looking forward to playing in the first championship.”

Key members of the SPRINT6GOLF team include Formula 1 presenter and entrepreneur Eddie Jordan and Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

Gareth, who is keen to see golf grow in the right direction, commented, “I love golf, but it doesn’t always fit into my busy life. SPRINT6GOLF is the perfect solution, and it’s fun and fast paced. I’m excited to be part of something that’s going to have such a positive impact on the game.”

While SPRINT6GOLF can be played on any golf course at any time thanks to the interactive app, 32 clubs around the country will be invited to host qualifying events, each of which will put forward one amateur to compete in the 2016 Amateur Challenge National Final at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on 30th August. These fun events will allow ‘SPRINT6ers’ the ability to play without the worry of slower golfers on the course – golf in the fast lane!

Clubs can get involved in SPRINT6GOLF, by registering at www.sprint6golf.com

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