Five of the LPGA’s best, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Carlota Cignada, Mel Reid and Catriona Matthew teed it up with the men over the past weekend in team competition as part of the GolfSixes event on the European Tour.
Hull and Hall played on England’s women’s team, Ciganda and Reid played on the European women’s team, and 2019 European Solheim Cup captain Matthew joined European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn in a captain’s team. All five women were members of last year’s European Solheim Cup team.
“It’s great for us because it raises the exposure for women’s golf,” Matthew said. “We don’t often play with the men. If we can get more events where men and women are playing, not necessarily together but at the same course, that would be good for golf.”
The teams of Hull and Hall and Ciganda and Reid made the most noise as both advanced to the quarterfinals of the 16 team competition. Going head-to-head against the men, the two women’s teams won a total of 11 holes in the Group Stage and combined for 10 total points before bowing out in the quarterfinals.
"I think it's a huge success for women's golf," Reid said following play. "Hopefully we've opened a few more eyes to women's golf and shown that we can compete, and that we are pretty good at what we do, and we work very hard at what we do. We've just competed against the men, and we've beaten them."
Reid recently chatted with the LPGA’s “On the Tee Podcast” about her experience at the event and advocating for more exposure for the women’s game.
The five athletes will be in the field at the upcoming KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 26-July 1. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here.
Below are some of the social media highlights from the event.
🤣🤣 Pepperell & Wallace have already had enough 🏃♂️— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) May 5, 2018
Hull into 2 feet with her first shot... pic.twitter.com/tPyat44yI0