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Aussies Through But Women The Stars of Day One At Sixes

The women stole the show on day one of the Golf Sixes with both teams advancing to the final round (Photo: Getty Images)
The Australian team of Wade Ormsby and Sam Brazel have qualified for the money rounds at the Golf Sixes but it was the women’s teams who stole the show on day one at Centurion Golf Club.

The pairing of Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid beat defending champions Lucas Bjerregard and Thorbjorn Olesen in a play-off for the final spot in Group A while Charley Hull and Georgia Hall advanced from Group D on points.

Brazel and Ormsby comfortably won Group B with seven points in their three matches for the day, two better than South Korea who also advanced to Sunday’s quarter finals.

The top two teams in each of four pools of four qualified for the final round of matches after playing each other once on day one.

Playing a greensomes format – where each player hits from the tee before choosing the preferred ball and playing alternate shot the rest of the hole – three points are awarded for a won match with and one point for a draw. The number of holes won is used to to separate ties.

The All England match was one of the best of the day

In Group A it was Thailand and the European Women’s team of Ciganda and Reid who advanced, Group C seeing Ireland and Italy through.

The England Men’s team of Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace and their women counterparts, Georgia Hall and Charley Hull, finished one and two in Group D.

"We're here to prove a point," said a pumped-up Reid after accounting for the Danish pair in extra time.

"Prove that women's golf doesn't get as much exposure and coverage as it should do and, hopefully, with us getting through to Sunday people will start to open their eyes a little bit.
"We've just competed against the men and we've beaten them. We're very competitive and very happy to be through to tomorrow."

Hall and Hull were also impressive in the format which saw the women play a course which was a total of 180 metres shorter over the six holes.

The par-3 fifth hole played the same yardage for all teams but the women played from 10 yards closer at the par-3 first (176 yards to 166), 40 yards forward at the par-4 second (476 yards to 436) and 50 yards further at the remaining par-4 and two par-5’s.

Brazel and Ormsby halved their opening match with the South Korean team of Jeunghung Wang and Soomin Lee before accounting for Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew in the second session.

They were two down early in their crucial third round game against Pablo Larrazabal and Adrian Otaegui before Brazel got hot with the putter and they cruised to a three holes to two victory.

“We had our work cut out there for us with the Spanirads getting to two up after two holes but a really good run there coming through with an eagle and three birdies to finish,” Ormsby said after the final match.

The Australians will now meet Reid and Ciganda in the opening match tomorrow with a berth in the semi-finals going to the winner.

“They’re another opponent so we’ll see what we can come up with tomorrow,” Brazel said when asked if playing the women came with any extra pressure.

“It’s great to see them involved. I noted the crowds were pretty big following them out there so it’s a bit of a buzz to have them in the field.”

 

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