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!

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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.

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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: Bill@integritygolfservices.com
972-672-4296
www.ipgolfusa.com

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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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