Growing the Game of Golf: Angola joins the International Pairs with main Sponsor Petrowork

We welcome our newest licensee António Louro who will be expanding the International Pairs to Angola.
António the CEO and Tournament Director has more than 40 years’ experience dedicated to Project Management.

Along with his 30 years of amateur golf with relevant achievements in Portugal including 5 years as Club Captain of one of the iconic golf courses in Portugal Oitavos Dunes, home of several European Tour Events! With their main sponsor Petrowork onboard it is sure to be a great success in the region.

Golf in Angola started in 1935 but due to the long-lasting civil war growth of the sport has been slow and stifled. The Angolan Golf Federation (FAG) was created in 2018 with the main goal of growing the game to international standards and providing the 200 plus affiliated members with a platform to enjoy and experience golf. You could say Angola’s golf history is in its infancy but promising and growing year on year. Tournaments like the International Pairs will make a very clear contribution to that goal.

International Pairs Angola will be hosting their tournaments at the Mangais Golf Resort, a private investment-based Golf establishment that started thanks to the vision and knowledge of the major Shareholder Mr. Francisco Faísca, a world recognized golf course construction specialist with likes of projects done in UAE, Portugal and of course in Angola as Mangais Golf Resort. It all started 20 years ago with very unfavorable conditions during the Civil War, the peace agreement that came forth in 2002 made it possible to complete the course which has been open and operating as the sole international standards golf course (Championship Golf Course) in Angola since 2012. Mangais golf course’s unique location situated by the delta of the Kwanza River provides all players with amazing views and contact with the exuberant wildlife on site!


Iceland partners with Kristin Eysteinsdottir and Valdis Arnardottir for a promising International Pairs Iceland Experience.

The International Pairs tournaments in Iceland are planning to go on full blast in 2021 after a humble start during a difficult Covid-19 period in 2020.  The team from Iceland are planning 6 qualifying tournaments in the upcoming summer and a final competition at the end of August, hosted at the beautiful Kidjaberg golf course in the south of Iceland. 

With 4  qualifying tournaments completed to date, the competitors are getting excited about getting their hands on the exquisite World Finals in Portugal!

The new licensees have high hopes that the International Pairs tournaments will draw quite a lot of attention.  But who are those two ladies?   

Kristin stumbled across this opportunity when Arni Arnason needed a helping hand in facilitating the event in Iceland. Having held various positions in the private corporate sector in Iceland for 25 years and the last 13 at Icelandair, the country‘s leading airline, Kristin decided it was time to venture into new opportunities. “Golf has taken up a lot of space in my life in past years, first following my daughter to competitions in Iceland and later taking my own golf very seriously.  I am also a member of the board of directors of Reykjavik Golfclub.  Therefore pursuing projects involving golf was a reasonable next step“

Valdís runs a travel company in Iceland and has been working in the banking/financial services for more than 10 years. Valdís has spent most of her business career in marketing and public relations. “In my career I have been planning events so I thought it would be fun to combine the work experience to my hobby. I sometimes say I have been a beginner in golf for the last 20 years as I´ve never played more than 10 rounds a year. But since 2019 I have been concentrating more on golf and it‘s fun to be social at the same time as playing golf. Last year I noticed an advert about the competition for the International Pairs in Iceland and asked Kristin if we should participate. We didn‘t take action then but when Kristin approached with this great idea it was a no brainer.“

The new licensees are looking forward to introducing International Pairs’ unique concept to golfers across Iceland and bringing fresh winds into the Icelandic golf scene. The amateur golf scene in Iceland has been somewhat traditional with most tournaments being played as Stableford or Texas Scramble.  Offering this type of a tournament and the amazing prize of going to Portugal to play among other avid golfers from around the world is bound to be a success, the ladies say ! 

It is a privilege to be able to combine your work and hobby as well as offering our fellow Icelandic golfers the opportunity to participate in the unique experience.


Welcoming Texas, USA to the International Pairs

Bill Dowling, licensee of Texas has brought some amazing golfing experience to the International Pairs scene in the USA and specifically Texas. Bill has been a member of the PGA of America for 42 years and currently maintains Life Member Status.

Bill has vast experience in the golfing world and started in Texas when he relocated from Illinois in 1979 and worked for Club Corp in various roles from 1980 until 1998.

Here are some of Bill's achievements over the years:

  • Member of the Club Management Association of America
  • Recognized as one of the top teachers in the greater Houston area by the Houston Post
  • Taught PGA Tour winners Billy Ray Brown and Trevor Dodds, along with past PGA Tour Members Philip Jonas, JC Anderson and several other domestic and international tour players.
  • Held PGA Tour Teaching credentials for over 10 years.
  • In 1986 was named Merchandiser of the Year by the Golf Manufacturer’s and Distributors Association.
  • Has operated Integrity Golf Services a golf management and consulting firm since 1998.
  • Qualified for the 1989 & 1990 Ben Hogan event held at Northshore C.C. in Portland, TX
  • Served for 5 years as Co-Chair of the Children’s Medical Chip Moody Classic, an auction party and golf tournament that raised over $250k annually benefiting Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
  • Nominated to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame 2019, 2020.

To say we are excited to have such an vastly experienced Licensee onboard and running the International Pairs Golf Events in Texas is an understatement.

We look forward to having some great golfers at the World Finals to represent Texas and the USA.

Contact International Pairs Texas:
Bill Dowling:


International Pairs Welcomes New Portugal Licensee

Portugal has been selected to host  the annual International Pairs World Final to take place on the 26 October to 30 October 2021 in Algarve. The new License Holder Daniel di Pietro, is looking to seize the business opportunity that bringing a World Final to his own country can create.

Daniel di Pietro is 54 years old, has an Architecture degree and he is passionate about Golf. In 2007 Daniel and his brother founded a Company that hosts a golf fair named Portugal Golf Show. Since then, the company started organizing and promoting golf events in Portugal and has become the license holder of other international tournaments where he acquired great experience in this sector.

Today, he runs his own company and he is very excited and focused on creating a new future for the International Pairs in Portugal,  taking advantage of this unique moment of the great change of image and concept of the historic tournament.

Daniel says: “In this year, in which we hope to witness the end of the pandemic that is plaguing the world, I want to take advantage of the start of a new era of this tournament, which coincides with the rebranding and the revision of the tournament concept. It is the perfect timing to start a new challenge, knowing that we have a lot of work ahead of us to get a top position in golf tournaments in Portugal”

Portugal has a wide variety of courses, with features suitable for the different levels of difficulty and available budgets. Between 2014 and 2019, Portugal was chosen by the World Golf Awards as the Best Golf Destination in Europe for six years in a row, and as the Best Golf Destination in the World between 2014 and 2018

There are more than ninety courses around the country,  and most are aimed at attracting tourists. Even so, Portugal has a multitude of almost 15,000 federated players who take advantage of the fact that in Portugal, there are more than 300 days of sunshine a year to practice their favourite sport.

We are excited to have Daniel onboard and look forward to hosting a strong team from Portugal in the 2021 World Final.



International Pairs Welcomes Cristiano Carraroli, Alessio
and Massimiliano Giovannini as managers of the Italian license for Italy

Italy joining International Pairs 2022

Despite a highly anticipated first appearance at the world final 2021, the first official season for International Pairs Italy will start in 2022, with qualifying competitions beginning October this year and will see the event hosted by more than 50 golf clubs around the country.


The Italian management team will leverage on a consolidated network that already exists from the relaunch of another prestigious team competition in Italy, the World Corporate Golf Challenge. The International Pairs Tournament will make its debut in Italy at Marco Simone golf course, the hosting venue of the next European based Ryder Cup, the event will commence for 12 months, where pairs will compete to represent the country in a National Final, which is planned for September 2022.

Cristiano Carraroli


Italy's New Licensee - Cristiano Carraroli

After more than 10 years experience in the financial sector, in 2015 I decided to fully dedicate myself to a job that truly can link passion to work. Before the switch, setting up golf tournaments with my agency was only an hobby, now we manage more than 250 competition days per year and we leverage on a network consisting on more than 4000 amateur golf players in Italy. It will be an honour to have the opportunity to bring International Pairs to Italy and together with my business partner we are excited to start this new project.

Alessio Filippi

Italy's New Licensee - Alessio Filippi

I split myself between a job in the travel industry and the passion for golf. Since more than five years ago I started developing golf tournaments in the Rome Capital area, one of my passions is to bring golf players from around the world to experience some of the most beautiful golf courses. Our company Wingolf is developing a very strong partnership with Underpar and Cristiano, we feel International Pairs will be another great platform to develop together.



Massimiliano Giovannini

Italy's New Licensee - Massimiliano Giovannini

I was born in Rome and lived there most of my lifetime before moving to Tuscany. I split my work life between real estate and the food industry, together with the passion for golf. My goal is to develop something different for the golf event industry. I started out alone, but not long after I met Underpar and immediately understood the opportunity to develop something amazing together. I can’t wait to bring the International Pairs format to my local golf network!

Get in touch with International Pairs Italy:

Mobile: +39 345 3844880



A New Era – The Next Phase of the International Pairs

The last couple of months have been a huge frustration to golfers and event organizers all around the world. The constant changing of the golf landscape was one of our biggest challenges.

Good news

There reportedly was a growth in memberships and rounds played whenever the opportunity to play was presented. This is extremely positive for all of us at International Pairs as it presents a larger market that we will be able to target.

During worldwide lockdowns, we quickly realized that people spend more time reading emails and engaging on social media than ever before.

This presented us with the opportunity to do comprehensive market research and plan the next phases of the International Pairs.

The Future for International Pairs

You should be aware that International Pairs has a 23-year history. Our goal was to analyze International Pairs’ public image and optimize our brand in line with what players want and expect from us. The feedback has been interesting and has given us the opportunity, based on market research, to visualize a future with exciting innovations and changes that will benefit all role players within the International Pairs framework.

Market research included potential sponsors, licensees and the broader golfing public. Feedback on the market research and innovations to be followed in coming weeks.



Here are some of the outcomes of the survey

The history of the event:

52,7% of People surveyed stated that this plays an important role as it creates a platform of stability, sustainability, and durability.

33,5% said it makes no difference as long as the competition is being played, offering the golfers an opportunity to participate in an international event.

13,8% - Indifferent, does not matter either way.

The marketing team’s recommendation is that we stay with history of the event and drive home the points of stability, sustainability, and durability, whilst building on the theme of making history.

International Pairs Logo:

88,2% of respondents did not recognize the current logo.

82,7% of those surveyed, when studying the logo felt the logo is old, outdated and looked “tired”. It held no real value, and they did not understand the elements of the current logo.

The recommendation is to revamp and modernize the logo with unique individual layers that clearly display the key elements of the International Pairs. It was decided that this will be the initial point of departure.

If you follow us on Facebook and/or LinkedIn as well as Twitter you would have seen the full revealing process of the new logo, over the last few weeks with the full reveal now completed. If you don’t follow us on social media, please do so, to ensure you stay updated with the latest news.

Great changes for Season 5

Important Changes for Season 5:
  • Handicap increase—men to 32, ladies to 36
  • No more 75% of handicap at Regionals
  • Any Better-ball competition now allowed (as long as both players must enter their score)
  • Ladies Only division with qualifying events now added
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Season 5 Now Open – Season 4 Dates for club qualifiers:1 August 2019 to 31 May 2020

Club Golfers This One is for You: Season 5 of the WLIPSA is now open for clubs to register. Make sure your club has entered and give yourself and your partner the possible opportunity to qualify for the World Finals in Portugal in 2020. You can only qualify at the club where you are an affiliated member, so make sure your club is participating.

PRESS RELEASE International Pairs World Final Penina Hotel & Golf Resort Portugal 19th – 23rd November 2019

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International Pairs Press Release

  African Sports Management extends South Africa International Pairs Franchise and also acquires Franchise for Southern African Countries Golf Partners Worldwide is delighted to have agreed to an extension to the International Pairs franchise for South Africa, effective from 2018 and running for an additional five years, to 2023. The franchise is run by African Sports Management who run the Windhoek International Pairs, and the team has also acquired the franchise rights for Southern Africa, which includes Angolo, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and will continue to grow the International Pairs brand throughout Southern Africa golfing regions. Golf has continued its steady growth in Southern Africa and Gerhard Conradie, Managing Director, ASM said "We are delighted to have secured the extension to our franchise and increasing our countries for International Pairs, an event that has a long history here in South Africa and we can now look to increase the brand throughout Southern Africa." Patrick Mulcrone, Managing Director, Golf Partners Worldwide said  “It has been a great start to 2017 with ASM extending their franchise for South Africa and taking on the rights for Southern Africa. We believe that they are the perfect partners to promote our brand throughout Southern Africa. Their vision and aspirations to continue growing the event throughout the region is an exciting prospect for us all and we look forward to continuing to work with them and their sponsors.” After many years of hosting International Pairs in Scotland, Golf Partners Worldwide decided to move the event out of the 'Home of Golf' to sunnier climes of Javea, Spain 2014 /15. This year we are pleased to announce that the International Pairs World Final 2017 will be staged in Portugal at the 5 stars Penina Hotel & Golf Resort and will be played between 6th - 10th November 2017 on the fantastic Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, which has previously hosted the Portuguese Open.