It seems everybody is eager to have a go at the GolfSixes. The short-form format continues to capture the imaginations and, in the wake of a 2-0 defeat to an Australian men’s team in the quarter-finals at The Centurion Club yesterday, Mel Reid, one part of a European women’s alliance, unveiled plenty of notices of interest from the wider world of golf.

“Loads of the girls in America have been saying how much they have enjoyed watching it and Lydia Ko has already messaged us saying she’s absolutely desperate to get on a team next year,” said Reid of the former world No 1 who has clearly been keeping an eye on affairs from afar.”

The introduction of two female teams to the second staging of the sixes has given the event another interesting aspect.

There is a clearly an appetite for this type of golfing affair, particularly on the women’s side of things, and the potential to keep building the tournament, while trying to attract fresh financial backing and more notable star attractions, gives those involved something worthwhile to work with.

“Maybe we can do a mixed format, maybe do men and women on a tee, I don’t know, but this is really good for golf and I think they can really expand this and it can be something quite clever,” added Reid, a six-time winner on the Ladies European Tour.

In a nip-and-tuck encounter with the Aussie duo of Wade Ormsby and Sam Brazel, Reid, and her Spanish partner Carlota Ciganda, came unstuck with a bogey on the fourth hole before the male duo put the tin lid on the win with a birdie on the fifth.

Reid and Ciganda may have lost but as far as the women’s game is concerned, the GolfSixes has been something of a winner.

“We were a bit unlucky we didn’t win but here’s no let up with six holes against the calibre of these guys. But I think we’ve opened a few more eyes to women’s golf.

“Hopefully it’s inspired not just a few more young girls but young guys, men and women, all over to take up the game. That’s ultimately what we want to do.

“I’m just a bit gutted that we didn’t got through to the semi-final. But we got a lot of exposure and that’s what we need. We don’t get that.”