The golfing season continues over at Gleneagles and Wentworth.
The Solheim Cup is the pinnacle of women’s golf with the best golfers from Europe and the USA going head to head. This year Europe won the last three singles matches to seal a sensational 14½-13½ Solheim Cup victory over the U.S.A. at Gleneagles.
US captain Juli Inkster said: “Europe played great and we tip our hat to them but now we move on to Toledo for the 2021 Solheim Cup.” There was an amazing display of golf all round from both teams and talent as we have never seen it before.
Broadcast RF supplied over ten RF camera systems to produce course wide coverage for ETP, The Golf Channel and Sky Sports. Working closely with CTV who provided outside broadcast facilities for both events, we are looking forward to providing that same service in 2021 at Toledo.
The week after the Solheim the BMW PGA Championships came to Wentworth and previewed some quality golfing talent. Winner Danny Willett said, “this has been a fairy-tale week for me, to win on home soil really has been amazing for me.”
James Halliday, Project Manager at Broadcast RF said, “Wentworth is a tricky course to cover from an RF perspective and requires an infrastructure that has more in common with an Open Golf, or a Ryder Cup than one of the ‘normal’ golf courses. We installed an array of 16 antennas in pairs to be used sequentially around the course; each pair overlapped the preceding and following pairs, but there was very little overlap with any of the other antennas, so we had almost no contingency due to the layout of the venue. This meant that the guys on site had to work very hard to pull off clean coverage around the course. But pull it off they did, doing an exceptional job in a very difficult environment.”
James referencing the work involved back at the control room, “we were controlling it all via a large RF router feeding multiple receivers. In addition, we had the usual, course wide, wireless camera control using 2 data transmitters on different frequencies: the cameras would automatically switch to whichever frequency was strongest on any given area of the course. Plus, we monitored the cameras locations using our proprietary GPS management software, which enables the correct receive antennas to be switch to each specific camera. GPS is also very handy when it comes to situations like delivering replacement batteries to a camera operator, sorting out a technical issue, or indeed any other situation where we need to get to a camera quickly, knowing its location on the course is very important.”
The golf season continues this week at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships where we are working alongside CTV once again.