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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Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa – The road ahead

Over the last couple of weeks, we had a number of questions from clubs and players with regards to the season 5 competition. We understand that these are abnormal times and as such want to assure all concerned that we have put contingency plans in place.  
Q1 – What will happen to those players who have already qualified at club level? Answer: All those pairs who have already qualified for Season 5 will still be invited to participate in the regional qualifiers. It will need adjustments to the schedules and at this stage we are planning to have the Regional Qualifying events take place during the month of August.   The Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa final is provisionally being scheduled for September 2020. This depends on the status of the country and the rules pertaining to playing golf as decided by the SA Government with regards to Covid-19
Q2 – We were supposed to have our club qualifying events during the lockdown period. How will this work going forward? Answer: The season would originally have ended on 31 May 2020, but it has been decided to extend the season. Clubs will get the opportunity to select new dates for qualifying events until the 31st of July 2020. This will give clubs time to reschedule events, enter for season 5 if they have not already done so as well as giving clubs who have completed qualifying events additional opportunities to host more qualifying events.
Q3 – What happens to the International Pairs World Final? Answer: The 2020 International Pairs World Final is scheduled to take place at Penina Hotel and Golf Resort in the Algarve in Portugal. The dates are confirmed from 15 to 19 November 2020. This is subject to International rules and regulations as set by the WHO and pertaining countries with regards to Covid-19.
Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa - Season 5 Contributing to those in need. We are happy to announce that going forward Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa, will contribute 10% of the competition entry fee back to the clubs who are hosting qualifying events, to assist those in need at their club. The directors of African Sports Management (ASM), the organizers of the WLIPSA events, had discussions with Windhoek Lager as the headline sponsor, and it was agreed that ASM will donate 10% of all entry fees direct to each club at future qualifying events, during the current season. ASM believes that each club understands the needs of assisting club staff in these difficult times. It is therefore important that each club decides how they will assist those in need at their clubs from these funds. We thank the clubs, players and staff for their loyalty and support over the last 5 seasons. We believe that together we can all make a difference in these difficult and challenging times. Communication with the clubs and players will be continued. Please adhere to the Covid-19 rules during these abnormal times and please stay safe.
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SOUTH AFRICA CROWNED INTERNATIONAL PAIRS 2019 CHAMPIONS

In what can only be described as an amazing feat, South African players were crowned as the International Pairs World Champions in Portugal. After losing by a single point for the last 3 years, this year saw a change in fortunes for the SA team. IT IS THE 1ST TIME IN 14 YEARS OF PARTICIPATING THAT SOUTH AFRICA WON THE TITLE. MOONOOI GOLF CLUB WORLD CHAMPIONS! The pair of Peet van Schalkwyk and Mario Strydom brought their A-Game to this year’s final. They needed all their skill and expertise to ensure they faced up to the elements, with rain and strong winds on the final day, they had their work cut out. They managed to pip the pair of Tony Morgan and Kevin Kenny from the UK by 6 Stableford points after 36 holes. Stephen Kiaro and Michael Warigia from Kenya, the 1st round leaders, were a 1 point behind the pair from the UK in the third position. Well done gentlemen for making your club, region, and country proud!
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INTERNATIONAL PAIRS LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

SOUTH AFRICA LADIES ENSURE A DOUBLE VICTORY! This year saw the introduction of a separate ladies’ division at the World Finals. The winning Ladies Pair of Isabelle Backx and Sally-Anne Hyatt are the proud – 1st ever – World Ladies Champions. The pair from Mount Edgecombe Country Club in KZN had to fight to the last hole to ensure victory by a single stableford point over a very competitive Zimbabwe team. The mother and daughter pair of Elfra and Nicky van Eyk from Irene Golf Club ended in a very credible 3rd place. For all the scores log onto our website at https://worldgolftournaments.com/ @wgolftournaments
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A FIRST FOR AMATEUR GOLF AT THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL PAIRS WORLD FINAL

2019 Saw the start of several changes to the 20-year-old format of the International Pairs with players, guests and sponsors competing in 4 different divisions. “Growth across all categories of Pairs golf is important not only for the event, but also to ensure inclusivity of all amateur golfers and license holders” comments World Golf Tournaments. AMPUTEE DIVISION WINNERS! 2019 also saw the start of what promises to be a huge boost for disabled golfers on a world-wide basis. With players being paired as a pair consisting of a leg amputee and an arm amputee playing together, this was applauded by the players and officials. With 40 players already committed for next year, this section will be keenly contested in the years to come. Reinhard Schuhknecht from South Africa and Josh Williams from Canada did enough to beat Chris Wood (Namibia) and Mick Horsley (UK) by 11 points. For all the scores log onto our website at https://worldgolftournaments.com/ @wgolftournamentsbe keenly contested in the years to come.
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JERSEY GOLFERS TAKE THE SPOILS IN THE 2019 INVITATIONAL DIVISION

Paul Mooney and Richard Jones were ecstatic when announced winners of the Invitational Division.
It took a count out to determine the winners after the pair from Jersey and the Nigeria team of Remi Olukoya and Dr Eloka Menakaya both ended on 74 stableford points. Kenani Phiri (Zambia) and Mufaro Chivonivoni (Zimbabwe), on 70 points, ended in 3rd place. The winning Ladies Pair of Isabelle Back and Sally-Anne Hyatt are the proud – 1st ever – World Ladies Champions. In what can only be described as an amazing feat, South African players were crowned as the International Pairs World Champions in Portugal. After losing by a single point for the last 3 years, this year saw a change in fortunes for the SA team. A FIRST FOR AMATEUR GOLF AT THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL PAIRS WORLD FINALS. 2019 Saw the start of several changes to the 20-year-old format of the International Pairs with players, guests and sponsors competing in 4 different divisions. “Growth across all categories of Pairs golf is important not only for the event, but also to ensure inclusivity of all amateur golfers and licence holders” comments World Golf Tournaments. For all the scores log onto our website at https://worldgolftournaments.com/ @wgolftournaments
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