Hend and Sam Brazel will meet the Thai team of Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the quarter finals tomorrow after finishing runner-up in Group C on day one.
Australia finished with six points at the end of pool play accounting for the USA and Wales on day one but being soundly defeated by group winner Portugal.
Each match victory is worth three points with a draw worth one and a loss worth nothing. Holes won and lost also become critical, however, with a differential used to decide any tied teams at the end of pool play.
Australia won one hole against the US, won two and lost one against Wales but lost four holes out of six against Portugal to finish with a differential of minus two, the only team to advance with a negative differential.
Hend’s final hole effort was key in the Australian team advancing as it won the match and gave he and Brazel the crucial three points for victory.
The innovative Golf Sixes format is a team variation on the Perth Super Sixes event won by Brett Rumford in February.
Teams play a ‘Greensomes’ format, where both players hit tee shots then select the best ball and complete the hole in alternate shot format.
It’s a bold step away from traditional tournament golf with players emerging onto the first tee to raucous music and smoke machines to be greeted by a pink mascot in the shape of the number ‘6’.
But perhaps the most intriguing addition to the tournament is the presence of a shot clock at the par-4 4th where a large digital clock behind the tee counted down 40 seconds as players prepared to hit.
The penalty for not hitting inside the required time is one shot, American Paul Peterson enduring the humiliation of being the only player in the field to be penalised during the day one matches.
Tomorrow’s quarter finals will see the English team of Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood take on Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Renato Paratore while Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olsen and Lucas Bjerregaard meet Alexander Levy and Gregory Bourdy of France.
While Australia takes on Thailand the Scottish pair of Richie Ramsey and Marc Warren will play Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia and Jose Filip Lima for a place in the semi-finals.
Quarter finals, semi-finals and the final will all be played tomorrow, the entire tournament taking just two days to complete.
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