A party atmosphere will have Shepparton Golf Club booming later this month as the sport’s Twenty20-style format comes to town.
Lightning Golf, a shorter format of the game designed for bulk excitement and fireworks, is just getting up and running and Shepparton is getting in on the ground floor with an April 29 extravaganza.
Some of the nation’s top professionals will be heading up, with the plan eventually to take the new format to the United States.
Founder Anthony Dwyer was full of enthusiasm ahead of the event he said the public would love to be a part of.
‘‘Lightning Golf is best described as the Twenty20 of golf; it’s the best shorter form of the game in the world,’’ he said.
‘‘The club is super excited, they haven’t had professionals like this in 20 years the guys were saying.
‘‘To get an event like this is great for the golf club.
‘‘And council is going to really benefit from this with promotion of the region to a national audience.’’
With big name players, sponsors and commentators as well as being broadcast nationally, the event may well be a hole-in-one.
Dwyer explained the format of the game which is capped by a knockout final.
‘‘We play on four holes which really intensifies the atmosphere,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s four groups of four players and each hole the players get ranked one, two, three and four and you get the many points.
‘‘If there’s a draw, we have a shootout, where the players hit from a different box about 100m from the green and it’s nearest the pin.
‘‘For the final, the four winners play a knockout version, where a player gets eliminated each hole.
‘‘The final is under lights, and we think it shows golf can be a primetime sport.’’