Results from the Windhoek Lager International Pairs S5 Finals

The Season 5 Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Final was played at Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate on 3-4 June 2021. This was the longest WLIPSA season in the history of the event, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, delaying the regionals and SA finals.

The tournament was played over 2 days on a pristine Devonvale Golf Course and saw the lowest average handicap field at a SA Finals with an average of 6.6! We had some exceptional under par scores from the plus handicappers in the field and it was great to see that low, mid, and high handicappers can compete at the same level of competitiveness. This all contributed for a nail biting and entertaining two rounds.

The headline sponsor Windhoek Lager ensured that through their sponsorship, the 2020 season could be completed and no golfer who qualified was left behind, thus keeping it real. Additional support from The Pro Shop, Legacy Hotels and Resorts, Kulula, Callaway and Riviera On Vaal Resort made this final a great event.

Players arrived on the Wednesday and received their welcome hamper, which was made extra special by Namaqua Garage (Jaco Louw), the franchise dealer for Mercedes-Benz, adding a few extra items to the welcome hampers and also sponsored some energy bars and drinks to push the golfers on their last day.

Devonvale Golf Course Staff made sure the course was in tip-top shape for our SA Finalists with fast and challenging greens on their first round. David van der Sandt and his TV crew from TV Sport & News Productions cc followed players around the course and captured some magnificent golf shots over the two days.

Day one came to a close and resulted with the leading Pair of Alex Moonsamy + Yogan Chetty from Maidstone Golf Club on 41 points closely followed by Goolam Vahed + NSM Maharaj from Mount Edgecombe CC and pairs from Paarl, Kuilsrivier and Kimberley. The ladies also played some fantastic golf and there were 2 pairings that stood out for a possible win, Sonja Koehler + Suzanne Mente - Somerset West GC leading with 36 points followed by Sue Smith + Tanya Adams - Mount Edgecombe CC on 35 points.

See results after day 1:

41 Points - Alex Moonsamy + Yogan Chetty - Maidstone GC

40 Points - Goolam Vahed + NSM Maharaj -Mount Edgecombe CC

39 Points - Dick Coetzee + Hennie Hamer - Paarl GC

38 Points - Davel Le Roux + Rhys Human - Kuilsrivier GC

38 Points - Kobus Coetser + Lukie Harmse - Kranspoort GC

38 Points - Conor McNamara + Phillip Maritz - Kimberley GC

Ladies:

36 Points - Sonja Koehler + Suzanne Mente - Somerset West GC

35 Points - Sue Smith + Tanya Adams - Mount Edgecombe CC

Golfers were entertained the evening after round 1 by one of the ‘BROERS’ brothers Nic Stevens and made for a fun and a relaxing evening before heading into the final round.

The final day started off as a seeded draw with leading pairs playing together and made for a great battle for the championship titles. All eyes were on the leading pairs and players had a taste of the professional tournament environment with the TV crew following them around the course. As scores came in on the final day it became apparent that pressure was mounting, and teams started jockeying for the top spot. The pair from Maidstone golf club had a challenging last round and only came up with 33 points, which would not be sufficient to take the win. The Mount Edgecombe pair kept things together and came in with 39 points and a chance of making it to the World finals. The pairs from Kranspoort, Paarl and Kuilsrivier fought hard, but it was the Pairing from Kuilsrivier GC that took the top spot with a brilliant 43 points on the final day to secure the win with 2 points. This led to a 3-way playoff for 2nd spot and a chance of making it to the World Finals. At the end it was Hennie and Dick from Paarl GC who birdied the first playoff hole and secure their place at the World Finals in Portugal.

The ladies seemed excited but nervous on the final day as 6 pairs fought hard on the day, but it was the team from Somerset West, Suzanne, and Sonja, who kept their composure on the last day to secure a 2-shot victory over the Mount Edgecombe ladies’ team and a place in the World Finals, as our South African Ladies pairing.

Results:
Men’s/Mixed Pairs Champions - Davel Le Roux + Rhys Human - Kuilsrivier Golf Club

Ladies Champions - Sonja Koehler + Suzanne Christian - Somerset West Golf Club

Men’s/Mixed Pairs 2nd (in a playoff) - Dick Coetzee + Hennie Hamer - Boschenmeer Golf Estate / Paarl Golf Club

See full results here: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/7241039526909475783

A big thanks to our sponsors and players that donated the extra prizes and lucky draws on the final day.

Some kind words from one of our participants:

“The Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa Golf Tournament was ‘an experience of a lifetime!’

Thank you to Africa Sports Management, and all the sponsors.

Even the ‘plus’ golfers we spoke to have agreed with this.

We arrived as strangers, competed seriously, and left as friends.”

John Price – Sharkriver Golf Club - Port Elizabeth

Thanks to all the clubs and players for their support through Season 5 and a big congratulations to all winners and World Final finalists, See you in Portugal!

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India Reconfirms Participation for 2021 World Final

International Pairs is proud to announce the leading golf marketing & management company of India, RN Sports Marketing, as their licensee in India. The company , since 2004,  has established a clear leadership position in creating multiple Intellectual Properties in Indian Golf.

From the annual India Golf Expo industry show and new concepts such as The Louis Philippe Cup Pro Team Championship to publishing Golf Digest India magazine, RNSM now leads Asia wide initiatives with the International Pairs and World Corporate Golf Challenge franchises and continues to explore ground breaking partnerships and development events to drive the progress of the game in Asia.

Rishi Narain - International Pairs India Licensee

The Founder Rishi Narain’s Profile

  • Sold and executed USD 70 Million in golf sponsorships in India over the years
  • Named in 2015 as one of Asia’s 30 most powerful people in Golf Business by Asia Pacific Golf Summit (Singapore) and Golf Inc. magazine (USA)
  • Awarded in 2019, Asia Pacific Pioneer of Golf Award by Asian Golf Awards, Singapore.
  • Publisher & Editor of Golf Digest India magazine – 2016 - 2020.
  • Authored over 1000 expert golf columns in India’s largest business daily, The Economic Times and largest English Newspaper, Times of India over the past 25 years.
  • Former Asian Games Gold Medalist for India in golf. Has been national amateur champion at the junior, men’s and senior level.
  • Speaker at the KPMG World Golf Business Summit, Wales; Asia Pacific Golf Summit from 2009-2014 & various others.
  • Website www.rnsportsmarketing.com and publication www.indiagolfweekly.com
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Dominican Republic Becomes First Golf Destination in the Caribbean to Join International Pairs

International Pairs Dominican Republic will start their first season with the Hodelpa hotel chain as the title Sponsor, the Hodelpa hotel chain are 100% Dominican with more than 1.400 rooms on the Island! Hodelpa has developed the most competitive tour in the country, with qualifying events in 4 regions.

Find out more about Hodelpa Hotels here: https://www.hodelpa.com/

The participants will be spoilt with designer courses from the likes of Gary player and Robert Trent Jones Sr. designs and the first PGA branded golf course on the Island. This year's circuit will be played on 6 different golf courses ensuring that all golfers have an amazing experience in just the first year of launching the International Pairs in the Dominican Republic.

Michael Espino , licensee for DR, has 25 years of experience in organizing golf tournaments, these events are mainly aimed at groups of 32/36 golfers per stop, with the golfers playing all formats of golf in pairs, best ball, best all, match play and scrambles. Michael looks forward to competitive golf after the pandemic and the International Pairs is sure to be a huge success under his management.

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Jose Guerra joins International Pairs as Executive Board Member

We are pleased to announce that Jose Guerra has joined International Pairs as Executive Board Member. Jose has a long-standing career with more than 30 Years of Global experience in the Sports Industry.

Gerhard Conradie and Johan Scholtz, owners of the International Pairs world-wide, said that they are very excited with the value and experience Jose brings to the International Pairs. He is very well known across the world for his achievements and successes and we are proud to have such a hugely professional business person on our board. This will strengthen the International Pairs even more, ensuring that the value proposal to all our partners will be greatly enhanced. 

Jose Guerra said, "It is a great pleasure and pride for me to have been invited to be part of such an ambitious project with such a long history as International Pairs. I firmly believe that I can contribute to making this magnificent event even bigger with the experience I have accumulated in the sports marketing industry. 

It is also a luxury for me to share this challenge with two extraordinary people such as Johan Scholtz and Gerhard Conradie". 

Jose Guerra will combine this new challenge with his position as Chairman and shareholder of the World Corporate Golf Challenge, a position he has held since 2007; he is also the owner of The Sports Business Consultancy, a sports marketing agency he set up in 2010.

Find out more about the World Corporate Golf Challenge here: www.worldcorporategolfchallenge.com

About Jose Guerra

He has created and organized events in Golf, Horse Jumping, Polo, Tennis, Padel and Sailing. He has also been very active and instrumental in establishing Sponsorships and Partnerships for these events. At the same time, He also developed several Sports Publications, including but not limited to the Golf News Supplement, Sports Challenge, Pololifestyle, Spanish Equestrian Federation book and Santa Maria Polo Magazine.

About International Pairs

Originating in the UK in 1998 as a golf tournament to celebrate the millennium, International Pairs is now firmly established as a significant event in the diaries of many golf clubs and public handicap-registered golfers worldwide.

Thousands of golfers take part each year, and the tournament is continuing to expand internationally with new countries and territories becoming involved on a regular basis. 

The International Pairs World Final Series is an International Golf Tournament played globally. Since its inception, more than 1.5 million amateur golfers from over 50 countries have enjoyed competing in this exciting, friendly and hugely prestigious event.

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Belgium & Netherlands Hop On Board International Pairs

H²BC and its director, Joris Moons has recently joined the International Pairs as the licensee for Belgium & Netherlands.

Background:
H²BC and its director, Joris Moons, are active in coaching and mentoring (in customer centricity and organisation, more specifically personal efficiency and effectiveness).

Within the mentoring activity, golf came to the surface almost automatically, for it is both a challenge (to learn to focus on the essence of the process) and a way to reset and go back to basics. “But, honestly, we’re just slightly addicted to golf “ says Joris Moons.

H²BC is located in Antwerp, Belgium – in the centre of the Benelux (which is the area they are covering for International Pairs).

Joris Moons - Belgium & Netherlands Licensee

Golf in Belgium:
In Belgium, there are around and about 80.000 golfers and some 90 golf courses. Even though these numbers do not compare to some other areas, there are now 3 Belgian players on the European Tour and/or PGA, of whom 2 were part of the Ryder Cup team for Europe (remember Colsaerts’ miracle at Medinah 2012 and best rookie Pieters in 2016). As a team, Belgium even won the latest World Cup of Golf (Pieters and Detry, Melbourne 2018), so you could say they have a solid tradition of playing in pairs.

Golf in the Netherlands:
In the Netherlands, there are a bit more than 400.000 golfers and over 300 golf courses. Even though these numbers do not compare to some other areas, there are now 5 Dutch players on the European Tour, best known is probably Joost Luiten who was victorious twice in the KLM Open (2013 & 2016), the Dutch Open Championship that celebrated its 100th edition in 2019.

 

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Experienced Events Team joins as new License Holder for Spain!

Rafael Olmedo, Alfonso Castro and Javier Porras from Sponsory will be coming onboard as the new license holder for International Pairs Spain.

Left to Right: Rafael, Alfonso and Javier.

Sponsory is an Agency specialized in Events, Sponsorship and Communication.

Sponsory runs their own sport events and advise and collaborate with other sports & entertainment events with focus on experiential marketing. Javier Porras, CEO in Sponsory says: “We design personalized communication strategies for brands that feel identified with the leisure, entertainment and sports territories”.

Sponsory associates brands with prestigious events that allow them to increase their notoriety and recognition, always valuing the return on the investment, they have worked with likes of ¨Ironman España”, “F1-Barcelona”, “World Padel Tour”, “Gold Cup Polo Sotogrande”, etc.

Alfonso Castro, Golf business Director in Sponsory says: “At Sponsory we are committed to the world of golf, a sport with a great tradition in Spain and which has a very promising future linked to the big brands and destinations."

In the world of golf we have proved experience:

"CLUB SERIES", (2018-present). Amateur golf event with 10 tournaments in Spain.

"OMEGA TROPHY" in Spain, (2016-2018). Part of the international Omega Trophy, attended by professional player Sergio García.

"AVIVA GOLF CUP", (2010-2014) international circuit with more than 20 tournaments in countries such as Russia, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, France, Italy and Spain.

"WORLD CORPORATE GOLF CHALLENGE" in Spain and Portugal (1998-2012). International business golf circuit with more than 20 participating countries.

"CIRCUITO BARCLAYS DE GOLF" (1999-2001). National golf event with more than 10 tournaments in the most important cities of Spain.

Find out more on: www.sponsory.es

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JJW´s Pinheiros Altos Golf Course to Host the International Pairs World Finals 2021

Taking Place: 26th to 30th October 2021 in Quinta do Lago, Algarve

This Autumn, Dona Filipa Hotel and the world-famous Pinheiros Altos Golf Course will be presenting the prestigious International Pairs World Final in the heart of the Algarve. This event, the culmination of a strong and prolific partnership between JJW Hotels & Resorts and International Pairs, heralds a welcome return to competition golf in Portugal.

Made up of 120 male and female competitors from around the globe, the five-day amateur final is making its Pinheiros Altos debut following two successful years at JJW’s Penina Hotel & Golf Resort. Ruben Paula, the hotel chain’s Chief Operating Officer in Portugal said, “We can’t wait to introduce guests, golfers and dignitaries to a great new chapter in this fabulous tournament. Pinheiros Altos is one of the toughest – most entertaining – courses in Europe, and players are going to need all of their skill and wits to come out on top.”

In addition to the fantastic competition golf on offer, players will also be able to take advantage of the high-class service and exceptional amenities at Dona Filipa Hotel, including: a heated outdoor pool overlooking the sea, two gourmet restaurants, stylish bar and lounge, games room and expansive gardens. Golfers are also invited to play at JJW’s nearby sister course, the award-winning San Lorenzo.

“After a challenging year for everybody, we can’t wait to get back to doing what we do best,” continued Paula, “There will be signature cocktails made from our exclusive Dona Filipa gin, a host of gala dinners, social events and drinks receptions complete with a range of VIP touches and luxury treats.”

“We’ve spent the last few months working immensely hard with the great team at International Pairs to deliver what is set to be a world-class finals. Attendees are sure to be dazzled and delighted by the new location, and we can’t wait to show off the luxurious surroundings of our beachfront Vale do Lobo hotel and Quinta do Lago golf course. It’s certain to be an event to remember for a very long time to come.”

Watch what's to come for the International Pairs 2021 World Final

https://youtu.be/NFd6iZCpR40

Further Information for editors:

International Pairs
International Pairs is a worldwide golf tournament for amateur club golfers with a recognised golf handicap. Arguably the world’s largest amateur pairs golf competition, the event is specifically designed to give golfers the opportunity to compete at the highest amateur level on a renowned international stage.
https://internationalpairsgolf.com/

JJW Portugal
JJW Hotels & Resorts owns and operates an extensive collection of luxury hotels, resorts, golf courses, spas and restaurants all over Europe. In Portugal, JJW boasts three luxury hotels, five golf courses, and a world-renowned centre of golfing excellence. Guests and golfers have been taking advantage of these award-winning facilities for over 50 years.
https://www.jjwhotels.com/


Dona Filipa Hotel, Vale do Lobo

Rising up from the golden sands of Vale do Lobo, the five-star Dona Filipa Hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and panoramic ocean views that stretch for miles. Newly refurbished to the highest standards of luxury, the hotel blends modern design with classic Portuguese style. Guests can choose to play a wide array of golf courses, including the hotel’s world-famous San Lorenzo and Pinheiros Altos courses.
https://www.donafilipahotel.com/

Pinheiros Altos Golf Course
Pinheiros Altos is located in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, a nationally protected area known for its outstanding beauty and spectacular scenery. Located just 15 minutes from Faro International Airport; and 5 minutes from extensive unspoilt beaches, it features a 27-hole championship golf course, a spectacular clubhouse with bar, restaurant and luxurious member’s lounge. In addition, the state-of-the-art Pinheiros Altos Golf Academy and Pro Shop offers golfers everything they need to get the very best out of their game.
https://www.pinheirosaltos.com/

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Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Final: New Venue for Season 5 & 6

Season 5 and 6 of the Windhoek Lager International Pairs sees a change of venue due to the current financial climate and the Covid related uncertainties regarding flight regulations and entry into different countries. The Venue will be changed from the traditional Windhoek Golf Club and Omeya Golf Club to Devonvale Golf & Winelands Estate, situated in the Western Cape. Situated in the Stellenbosch Winelands area, you’ll find a true jewel of the Bottelary Valley, from pristine greens and fairways to fantastic views of rolling vineyards to accompany your golfing experience. The magnificent 18-hole Championship golf course needs little introduction, offering a regular challenge to both local and international golfers alike. The original layout, designed by Ken Elkin, who designed many of the Capes better known courses, has seen several improvements over the last 5 years and is constantly undergoing improvements but still remains a true ‘country course’. An important aspect of Devonvale’s existence is the hosting of tournaments. The estate has seen the hosting of the SA Ladies Open, Sunshine Tour, Provincial Opens, Interprovincial tournaments, Ernie Els foundations, SA Open Qualifying rounds, Interschools and Senior Opens and looks forward to hosting many more in the future as this forms part of Devonvale’s ethos. The SA final for Season 5 will take place at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate from 2 to 5 June 2021. Season 6 SA Final Dates will be announced soon. Some highlights of Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate:
  • 6136m, Par 72 18-hole Championship course
  • Course length: Mens 5705m | Womens: 4993m
  • Located on the North facing slopes of the Devon Valley
  • Surrounded by mountains and vineyards
  • A tree-lined curving course with sweeping fairways
  • Filled with peace and tranquillity (birdlife, springboks)
  • International & National and kids “Squirrel “ tournaments
  • Halfway house with terraced bar and lounge
  • stylish 5-star change rooms for ladies and gentlemen
  • Private / group lessons with our PGA Golf Pro Anna Becker
  • Proshop selling estate wines and various golf accessories
  • Driving range and Practice area
  • Ladies and kiddies clinics
  Visit http://www.devonvale.co.za/ to find out more.   We look forward to having another successful SA final and seeing all our golfers in full swing again!
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The light at the end of the tunnel: A look back at one of the toughest years in golf!

2020 has been a very tough year in the golfing industry, as we’ve seen the spread of Covid 19 growing wider worldwide with multiple shutdowns and lockdowns. A great amount of stress has been put on golf courses, events, and their staff but it has not all dark days as we’ve seen some of the golfing sectors flourish during the epidemic. Lockdown golfing
Being ‘lockdowned’ most people had more time hands for a few extra hobbies, from DIY activities to exercise regimes and of course more time for golf for the fortunate! We’ve seen an uptake in the game of golf with new players joining the game every day and golfclub memberships increasing, for the more experienced golfers out there, be patient and don’t lose your cool with all the new feet on your course, instead guide, help and advise where you can as we have all been there before, you never know your luck as one day you could be partnered with that player and he/she could carry you through to the International Pairs World Final! Welcome to the family
The International Pairs has also welcomed a few new licensees in the Year 2020 and has been in talks with potential new countries on signing up. We welcomed Northern Ireland, Iceland and Sweden and look forward to hosting the licensees and their players in the World Finals this year. New Ideas and concepts
Covid has caused and forced the golfing industry to adapt and try new things and has been the case when International Pairs launched the Hole 19 International Pairs Digital Challenge. The Digital Challenge gives golfers the opportunity to still play competitive golf without the fear of overcrowding and at the luxury of their own time. In Hole 19 International Pairs Digital Challenge golfers will also play as pairs of 2 in a betterball stableford format, golfers register online for a round, record their scores on the Hole 19 app and is then transferred onto their countries’ leaderboard. The Digital Challenge is currently available in the UK, Germany, Ireland, and Belgium. Any golfer with an official handicap index can sign up online and take part. The Hole 19 International Pairs Digital Challenge winners in each country will win an all-expenses paid trip to The International Pairs World Finals in Portugal to compete for the Digital Division Championship. Follow the link to find out more about the event: https://internationalpairsgolf.com/hole-19-digital-challenge/ International Pairs in 2021 The International Pairs World Finals is still scheduled for 26 October to 30 October 2021 at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort in Algarve, Portugal, we look forward to seeing all the licensees and players for another extravagant event!
We wish all our fellow golfers a prosperous 2021, stay safe and happy golfing!
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Windhoek Lager International Pairs Events are Live Once Again!

13 July 2020 Statement From GOLF RSA To All Unions and Clubs, Following the publication and distribution of the SA Government Advanced Level 3 Lockdown Regulations and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture’s Directions published on 6 July 2020 GolfRSA has updated and circulated its Risk Mitigation Guidelines and supporting guidelines. In terms of the GolfRSA Good Practice Guidelines (v12. Dated 6 July 2020),“Amateur competitions may be played, provided players do not have to travel across provincial borders, there are no spectators or prize- giving and all other Risk Mitigation requirements are in place”. Accordingly, in terms of competitive golf the following applies with immediate effect. Permitted Competitive Golf: 1.Competitions and events played under the auspices of the host facility: •Club Competitions:* open to members and visitors at the discretion of the host facility.* where club competitions are used as qualifying events for Regional and National Finals –clubs must be cognizant of the fact that restrictions on cross-provincial travel may result in the cancellation of such Finals.   As you all know golfers are eager to start playing competitions again. Based on the above you can now continue officially with your Windhoek Lager International Pairs qualifying events.   The lockdown has unfortunately caused the Windhoek Lager International Pairs qualifying events scheduled for your club scheduled between March and June, to be cancelled. Fortunately, we have some excellent news as we have extended the season (Season 5) to the end of December 2020. This gives you the opportunity to select new dates for your qualifying events. We have also decided in line with the golfers enthusiasm to play competition golf, not to limit the number of qualifying events a club can host for Season 5.   All you need to do is to email us the new dates for qualifying events between now and 31 December 2020 and we will amend it on our dairy. As soon as we have received the new dates from you we will contact you to make sure you get all you need to host the event/s. As always should you have any questions please feel free to contact us. ds@asmgolf.co.za +27 81 378 9817
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