1. It is one of the biggest golf tournaments for amateur club golfers in the world.
  2. The final stages are conducted along the lines of a professional Tournament, with no count-outs and any “ties” being settled by way of a play-off if possible.
  3. Hundreds of thousands of golfers have played in qualifying events around the world.
  4. Each qualifying stage is unique, and every club golfer should try and experience what it is like.
  5. WLIPSA is a tournament that facilitates “competitive golf played in a fun way”.
  6. The process enables thousands of golfers to represent their golf clubs and to compete for the Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Championship.
  7. The qualifying process culminates in two pairs of ordinary amateur club golfers representing South Africa at the World Finals.
  8. The entry fee is R80 (eighty rand) per player and there are no further payments required to represent one’s club, region or country.
  9. No payment is required at the Regional Finals, where all costs, including arrival drinks, green fees, players’ halfway house, snacks and some drink/s are covered by Windhoek Lager as the Title Rights Holders of the tournament. (Caddies or carts, where applicable are for the players’ own accounts, as well as the player’s transport/travel to this stage.)
  10. No payment is required at the SA Finals in Namibia. All costs including air travel, accommodation, all meals, green fees, pair of drinks and other surprises are covered by Windhoek Lager. (Caddies or carts where applicable are for the players’ own account)
  11. Finally, Windhoek Lager also covers the costs of our South African representatives attending the World Finals of the International Pairs in Portugal.
  12. Simply enter at your golf club. If your club has not registered to hold a Club Qualifying event, encourage them to do so in order that you may participate.
  13. There are no “open events”, one can only qualify to represent the golf club at which one is a handicap member.
  14. A player may only qualify once for the Regional Finals. If a player has played in two qualifying events with two different partners, and achieved qualification in both events, the first registered qualification by date will be deemed to be the only qualification by that player for the Regional Finals.
  15. Any player having qualified and played in the World Finals may not qualify for the World Finals again for a period of TWO YEARS. They may, however, represent their club at the Regional Finals BUT MAY NOT attend the National Finals for a period of ONE YEAR.
  16. Right of admission to the tournament may be reserved.
  17. All participants playing in the National Final will be required to sign a Code of Conduct.

 

  • HANDICAPPING:
  1. All players must be in good standing at their club.
  2. All players must have a current official handicap/HANDICAP INDEX.
  3. Players shall use their handicap/index according to the handicapping system in operation, as implemented by the South African Golf Association/GOLFRSA.
  4. During the Final Stages of the Tournament (National and World Finals); golfers will receive a ¾ allowance of their handicap/index, which complies with the international Handicapping Rules of the Tournament.
  5. There is a maximum handicap/index of 32 for men and 36 for women for the National and World Finals. (Note: not at the CLUB OR REGIONAL Qualifying events) (This means an allowance at the National and World Finals of a maximum of 24 and 27 shots received respectively.) Anyone can enter on the understanding that there are maximum handicaps off which they can play.
  6. It should be noted that there are no Senior Tees- (AFTER 3 SEPTEMBER 2018 IT WILL NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS YOU WILL HAVE A HANDICAP INDEX AND A DIFFERENT HANDICAP FOR EACH SET OF TEES’).
  7. The handicaps off which all players qualified for the Final Stages shall be “frozen upwards” – but not down – as at the day of qualification. In other words, if a player’s handicap/INDEX has increased between a Club Qualifier and the Final Stages, that player may only compete in the Regional and National Finals off the same handicap/INDEX used in the respective qualifying event; or a lower one.
  8. If a player’s handicap/index has decreased at any stage between Club Qualifier and Final Stage events, and then increased again, that player shall play off the lowest handicap achieved.
  9. Furthermore, a player may only play in the Final Stages off a handicap/INDEX of their lowest handicap over the last 12 months.
  10. A player shall always play off the lower handicap as per the above conditions during the final stages.
  11. Should any player make an error with a score submission for handicapping or fail to submit a score from any round during any stage of the competition in which that player is involved, then that player and their partner will be required to withdraw from further participation in the event – even if such submission or omission was a mistake. Scores must be submitted within the time frame stipulated by the SAGA/GOLFRSA handicapping system (before a penalty score is recorded – currently 72 hours).
  12. As with the above point and as with Professional golfers, should a competitor sign for an incorrect score during any stage of the event, that player and their partner will be required to withdraw from further participation in the event.
  • REGIONAL FINALS:
  1. The number of National Final places played for at the Regional Final events is based on ratios. For example, if there are 200 qualifying pairs throughout South Africa and Region ‘X’ has 40 qualifying pairs, then 20% of the places in the National Finals will be available at that Regional Final.
  2. Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Regional finals takes place at any affiliated golf club in South Africa.
  3. Regional Finals will be held around the country.
  4. Qualifiers from areas outside the designated Regional Finals areas will be allocated to a Regional Final closest to their home club and will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to that location.
  5. A maximum total of 24 (twenty-four) pairs from the Regional finals will travel to the SA finals in Namibia.
  6. The Regional Finals are contested by all qualifying pairs from the Clubs.
  7. Regional Final venues will be determined by the Tournament Coordinators, whose decision is final.
  8. Where there may be more than one venue for the Regional Finals in any region, qualifying pairs will be allocated to one of the venues by the Tournament Coordinators, whose decision is final.
  9. The event format for the Regional Finals is an 18-hole Betterball competition (Any betterball competition as long as both players’/partners’/pairs’ score qualify for handicapping purposes).
  10. The qualifiers for the National Finals will be those players with the highest Betterball Score along with the next highest score, dependent on the number of places available.
  11. In the event of a tie, a play-off as opposed to a count out will determine the winners and any additional qualifying pair/s. In the event of a cessation of play in the play-offs due to unavoidable circumstances such as adverse weather conditions or bad light, then a count out will be used to decide the winners/qualifiers. The count out will be based on holes 10 to 18, then holes 13 to 18, then 16 to 18 and lastly hole 18 (as recommended by the R&A).
  12. If there is still no winner after the above, the count out will be per hole starting from 17 back to 1.
  13. In the event of two or more teams not being separated by any of the above methods or a last resort, the winners will be decided by the toss of a coin or by drawing lots if more than 2 teams are involved.
  14. In the normal course of play, in the event of a cessation of play due to unavoidable circumstances such as adverse weather conditions or bad light and all pairs have not completed the round, the course will be deemed to be the front 9. In the event of all pairs not having completed the front 9, the course will be deemed to comprise the number of holes having been completed by the pair having completed 6 holes as long as at least the same 6 holes have been played by all the pairs competing. In the event of less than six holes of a round having been played, the event will be re-scheduled for an alternative day if possible. The Tournament Coordinators’ decision is final.
  15. The Tournament Coordinators reserve the right to nominate a shortened course comprising at least six designated holes as may be appropriate considering the prevailing conditions.

General Notes:

All Regional Final qualifiers will receive:

  1. One round of golf grab-and-go and a prize-giving with snacks.
  2. There may be further prizes from the tournament promoters and / or associated sponsors in accordance with Rule 4-2g.
  3. Regional Finals winners will win a place in the National Finals.
  4. Regional Final events will be held as follows:
  • In each of the regions in which Club Qualifying events have been held, as far as possible, if there are sufficient players to warrant a Regional Final.
  • As far as possible, the objective is to try and ensure no pair play at their home course in a Regional Final. The Tournament Coordinators reserve the right to allocate any pair/s to play in a Regional Final at their home course where it may not be possible due to financial, logistical or other reasons for such pairs to play in any other regional Final.
  • The number of Regional Finals held will be determined by the number of qualifying pairs.

 

  • SA FINAL:
  1. A maximum total of 24 (twenty-four) pairs from the Regional finals will travel to the SA finals in Namibia.
  2. Players are responsible for their own travel insurance as well as required travel documents such as passports and visas. If a player is not able to travel due to inappropriate documents, that pair will have to withdraw and will be replaced.
  3. The National final event format is a 36-hole Betterball Competition with ¾ handicap/INDEX allowance.
  4. The Coordinators will check the handicap/INDEX (for the previous 12 months) of all players who are participating, and players will play of their lowest handicap/index achieved during this period, up to and including the morning of the 1st round.
  5. All players must enter their score after round 1 of the competition and the Organizers will check all handicaps on the morning prior to round 2. Should a player’s handicap/index be lower at this stage, the player will play off the new lower handicap/index in round 2.
  6. If two or more teams finish with the same Score, then the following will occur:
  • A hole-by-hole sudden-death playoff,
  • Count out procedure as prescribed for the Regional Finals (8 k),
  • If for any reason – such as adverse weather conditions (e.g. bad light) – interfering with the completion of the event itself or any playoff, the winners will be decided by:
    1. The leaders after 27 holes; or
    2. If there is no play in round 1 OR 2 and not all pairs are able to complete a minimum of 27 holes, then the leaders after the completed round 1 OR 2 will be declared the winners.
    3. In the event of two or more teams not being separated by any of the above methods or a last resort count out (8 k & l), the winners will be decided by the toss of a coin or by drawing lots if more than 2 teams are involved.
  1. It is up to the discretion of the Tournament Referee or Tournament Director to determine the suitability – or otherwise – for play to be halted or for the total cessation of play.
  2. Overall winners of the Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Championship will be crowned the Windhoek Lager Club Pairs Champions and could receive an invitation to represent South Africa at the World Finals with travel to the venue and accommodation expenses paid. – Subject to all rules, regulations and conditions as described in this document being adhered to.
  3. The second-placed pair at the National Finals could also receive an invitation to represent South Africa at the World Finals with travel to the venue and accommodation expenses paid. – Subject to all rules, regulations and conditions as described in this document being adhered to.
  4. The two pairs participating in the World Finals will need to have passports with a minimum of nine months’ validity and will be responsible for arranging their own visas where applicable.
  5. There may be further prizes in accordance with Rule 4-2g.

Notes:

  • All players must have an official club handicap/INDEX and the Tournament Director reserves the right to request a handicap/INDEX and membership validation from the player’s golf club for Regional and National Finals.
  • The Tournament Director may over-ride any of these rules if the

environment or situation at the time requires him or her to do so.

  • In the event of a pair having qualified at the Regional Finals being unable to play in the National Finals for any reason, that pair shall be substituted by the Tournament Coordinators.
  • If one player from a pair qualifying at the Regional Finals is unable to play in the National Finals for any reason, that pair’s place shall be forfeited, and no substitute player will be allowed.
  • Right of admission to the tournament may be reserved.

 

  • WORLD FINAL 2019-PORTUGAL:
  1. South Africa now has an allocation of two places in the World Final.
  2. Players are responsible for their own travel insurance as well as required travel documents such as passports and visas. If a player is not able to travel due to inappropriate documents, that pair will have to withdraw and will be replaced.

 

So, there is more than enough reason for your club and members to be part of the largest amateur golf competition in the world; one that is highly competitive, cost-effective and provides the opportunity for any club golfer to potentially represent their club, region and country against other golfers from around the country and possibly the world.