Paul Lawrie, Paul McGinley, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose will launch the revolutionary new game ‘Zone Golf’ at Dukes Meadows Par 3 course in Chiswick, England, on Bank Holiday Monday to raise funds for their chosen charities.
The four Ryder Cup players will be joined on May 27 by sporting legends Sir Steve Redgrave, Andrew Strauss, Jamie Redknapp and Tim Henman for the chance to win £250,000 for their charities, namely the Paul Lawrie Foundation, Tour Players’ Foundation (TPF), Ian J. Poulter Charitable Fund and the Kate & Justin Rose Foundation.
Popular UK TV presenter Vernon Kay will appear alongside Sky Sports News Charlotte Jackson to host the event in front of 3,500 fans. The event, produced by concert legend Harvey Goldsmith, is scheduled to be shown on Sky Sports.
Up for grabs is £100,000 going to the winning professional’s nominated charity and £50,000 going to each of the losing golfers’ charities of choice.
European Tour winner, Dukes Meadows Golf Coach and a Zone Golf Director, Van Phillips said: “It’s great that the first of many Zone Golf events will be held at my home club, Dukes Meadows, which is not only one of the best par 3 courses in the world, but also absolutely perfect for the Zone Golf format. The Zone Golf Charity Shoot Out will give us a chance to show the golfing world how our concept brings fast paced excitement to the traditionally reserved game of golf.”
The event will also feature an inspiring golf show from World Trick Shot Champions Geoff Swain and Kevin Carpenter among other surprises.
Zone Golf is a colourful, Par 3 game, with a twist, billed as the sport’s version of 20/20 cricket. The game is played over 9 holes, which through its fast-paced strategic nature, offers an extremely exciting alternative to ‘normal’ golf. Each Par 3 green is divided into three coloured “zones” with a hole and flag in each zone (green-easy, amber-medium, red-hard). Each player/team must nominate a zone on the tee and subsequently hit that zone to acquire the relevant points (green-3, amber-6 and red-9). Additional points are available for Bogey-1, Par-2, Birdie-3, Eagle-4 (Hole in One). Spectator and player excitement is rocketed by the introduction of a “do or die” situation on every tee.
The player/team with the most points after nine holes wins.