ONE OF English golf’s most exciting young female players will be taking on a special challenge in Liverpool city centre.
Charley Hull becomes the first player from the women’s tours to take part in the Hero Challenge, a spectacular one-hole shootout staged away from the traditional golfing arena.
This year’s night event will serve as a curtain-raiser to the Betfred British Masters at Hillside, which is being hosted by local player Tommy Fleetwood.
Hull – a three time tournament winner – will join the Southport golfer and multiple European Tour champion Stephen Gallacher to tackle a floating green at Princes Dock after previous contests have been staged at Edinburgh Castle and in the heart of the financial district in London’s Canary Wharf.
The Hero Challenge takes place on Tuesday, May 7 on Liverpool’s world famous waterfront, with free tickets available from LostinTV.com
Ladies European Tour and LPGA star Hull joins Gallacher, who won his fourth European Tour event at the Hero Indian Open, to take on 2017 Race to Dubai Champion and local favourite Fleetwood. Three more players will complete the line-up.
Fleetwood is following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose when he hosts the Betfred British Masters from May 9-12. The man who contributed four points to Europe’s remarkable 17½ – 10½ Ryder Cup triumph at Le Golf National last September, will make his second Hero Challenge appearance when he tees it up in Liverpool.
He said: “It’s such an honour to host the Betfred British Masters in my home town, and I’m excited to start off the week in style by bringing golf right into the heart of Liverpool with the Hero Challenge.
“It’s always a really fun night, and I’m sure Charley and Stephen will be just as keen to win as I am, so there should be plenty of entertainment for the fans in Princes Dock.”
Hull, who has three professional victories worldwide and is a three-time Solheim Cup player, broke new ground when she and Georgia Hall formed the first England Women team to play on the European Tour in last season’s GolfSixes. She is looking forward to playing in another innovative golf event, saying: “I think the Hero Challenge is a great idea to help bring golf to new fans. I really enjoyed playing against the men at GolfSixes and it will be a lot of fun to play in another innovative event.
“Teeing off in the centre of a city will definitely be something new for me and I can’t wait to give it a go.”
Scotsman Gallacher birdied three of his last four holes to produce a stunning comeback and win his first European Tour title in five years at the Hero Indian Open in March. Like Fleetwood and Hull, the Scotsman has also represented Europe, playing in The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. He’s also a passionate supporter of junior golf, through the Stephen Gallacher Foundation.
He said: “The Hero Challenge seems like a great way of bringing golf to new fans and hopefully getting more young players excited about the game.
“Teeing it up in Princes Dock will definitely be an interesting experience, and I’m looking forward to trying to get my hands on another trophy.”
Hero MotoCorp Ltd – the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters – supports the Hero Challenge, which boasts past winners including 2018 Masters Tournament champion Patrick Reed, Swedish Major winner Henrik Stenson, and former world number one Westwood.