How To Qualify

2016 Saw the launch of the 1st season of the Windhoek Lager International Pairs. It has been an amazing success. International Pairs Worldwide was created in England in 1998 and started as a regional inter-club “pairs” competition in the Hampshire area to celebrate the Millennium. That was 23 years ago, and the tournament has grown into an International event of some significance. The success of International Pairs as a concept has been its simplicity and in enabling participating countries to hold qualifying events through which the process to identify pairs of ordinary club golfers to represent their country at the International Pairs World Final each year.

The Coordinators and Organizers – African Sports Management (Pty) Ltd, in coordination with the sponsors, reserve the right to change, amend or add any rules, regulations and conditions they deem required necessary to ensure the successful running of the Tournament.

The tournament committee will consist of members of Windhoek Lager and African Sports Management, whose decision shall be final, and no correspondence will be entered.

By entering the WLIPSA event players confirm that they will abide and accept the rules as set out in the TOURNAMENT RULES, REGULATIONS AND CONDITIONS.

Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa is approved by the South African Golf Association/GOLFRSA for the payment of expenses under Rule 4-2 g GOLFRSA02/2021

We trust that you will have fun and enjoy the Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa series of events.

  • The tournament comprises of a Series of Club Qualifying events.
  • The competition entry fee for all Club Qualifying events is R100 (one hundred rand) per player per event, payable to the club.
  • Only club members with an official handicap index may qualify at a Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa Club Qualifying event.
  • The competition shall be played as Better ball Stableford in accordance with the rules of golf as laid down by the R&A of St Andrews and Rule 6.2a of GOLFRSA/SAGA (85%), together with any local rules approved by participating club competition committees – the winning pairs will be the pairs as determined by the club competition committee i.e., club count out procedure.
  • The use of tees will be decided as per the handicap rules of Golf. Should 1 player decide to play of a certain tee the player’s partner can play off a different tee (This is subject to the Club’s local Rules).
  • Any disputes in Club Qualifiers shall be settled by the relevant club competition committee, whose decision shall be final.
  • The tournament is open to all golfers of eighteen years or older at the time of the Club Qualifying event who are affiliated members of a SAGA/GOLFRSA affiliated Golf Club and have an official handicap index.
  • Only club competitions registered with the Tournament Organizers by the participating clubs will be deemed to be an official club qualifier.
  • Club winners can only be officially registered for the Regional Finals once the Tournament Organizers have received full payment of all competition entry fees due and the duly completed Players Registration Forms containing the necessary details of each entrant.
  • It is a condition of qualifying that the club pay all fees related to the event and return the Players Registration Forms within 7 working days after completion of the qualifying event to ASM.
  • In addition, all organizers of qualifying events will be obliged to confirm that all competition rules have been complied with.
  • Once a club has registered their qualifying pair/s and payment has been remitted to the Tournament Organizers, no monies are refundable under any circumstances.
  • If one player of a qualifying pair is unable to play in the Regional Finals for reasons of health, bereavement, business or any other reason, the remaining player may nominate a substituted partner who must have played in the same qualifying event. This then become the qualifying pair.
  • In the event of an original club qualifying pair not being able to play in the Regional Finals, the club may substitute such a pair. The only stipulation is that any substitute pair must have played in the same Club Qualifying event and whose details must be present on the Players Registration Forms. There shall be no further changes to that pair during the competition and any future unavailability of either partner shall result in withdrawal of the pair as a team.
  • Club winners – and other qualifiers as determined by the size of the field – will win a place in the Regional Finals as qualifiers. There may be further prizes from the club and/or associated sponsors in accordance with Rule 4-2g.
  • It is one of the biggest golf tournaments for amateur club golfers in the world.
  • The SA Final is 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.
  • Hundreds of thousands of golfers have played in qualifying events around the world.
  • Each qualifying stage is unique, and every club golfer should try and experience what it is like.
  • WLIPSA is a tournament that facilitates “competitive golf played in a fun way”.
  • The process enables thousands of golfers to represent their golf clubs and to compete for the Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Championship.
  • The qualifying process culminates in two pairs of ordinary amateur club golfers representing South Africa at the World Finals, and one pair of ladies.
  • The entry fee is R100 (100 hundred rand) per player per qualifying event and there are no further payments required to represent one’s club, region, or country.
  • No payment is required at the Regional Finals, where all costs, including 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.)
  • No payment is required at the SA Finals. 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)
  • Finally, Windhoek Lager also covers the costs of our South African representatives attending the World Finals of the International Pairs.
  • 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.
  • A golfer can only qualify to represent the golf club at which that golfer is a handicap member. Exemption: A golfer can qualify to represent the golf club at which that golfer is a full (If the club where he/she is handicapped, does not host a club qualifying event.)
  • 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.
  • Any player having qualified and played in the World Finals may not qualify for the World Finals again for a period of FIVE YEARS/SEASONS. He/she may, however, represent his/her club at the Regional Finals BUT MAY NOT attend the National Finals for a period of TWO YEARS/SEASONS.
  • Right of admission to the tournament may be reserved.
  • All participants playing in the National Final will be required to sign a Code of Conduct.
  • All players must be in good standing at their club.
  • All players must have a current official handicap index.
  • Players shall use their handicap index according to the handicapping system in operation, as implemented by the South African Golf Association/GOLFRSA.
  • During the Final Stages of the Tournament (Regional, National and World Finals); golfers will receive 85% allowance of their Course Handicap, which complies with the International Handicapping Rules of the Tournament and Rule 6.2a as per the Rules of GOLFRSA/SAGA-(Playing Handicap=Course Handicap X 85%).
  • The handicap index off which all players qualify for the Final Stages shall be the “LOW HI” achieved in the preceding 365 days (85% of Course Handicap as per 7(d) above).
  • There is NO maximum handicap.
  • It is the responsibility of the player to ensure that he /she plays off the correct handicap as indicated above. The organizers do not take any responsibility for possible incorrect information in this regard.
  • 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 disqualified from further participation in the event during the current season – 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).
  • It is the players responsibility to open a round and enter their score after every round completed, on the handicap system.
  • Rule 3.3b of Rules of Golf: If a player returns a scorecard with a wrong score for any hole, the following is part of the Rule—Returned score Higher than actual score, the higher returned score for the hole stands, Returned Score Lower than Actual Score or No Score returned, the player and his partner is disqualified.
  • Rule 3.3b continues: The player is responsible for making sure that his or her handicap is shown on the scorecard. If a player returns a scorecard without the right handicap—Handicap on scorecard too high or no handicap shown: if this affects the number of strokes the player gets, the player and his partner is disqualified. If it does not, there is no penalty. Handicap on scorecard too low, there is no penalty and the score using the lower handicap, stands.
  • 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.
  • Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Regional finals takes place at any affiliated golf club in South Africa.
  • Regional Finals will be held around the country.
  • 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.
  • Players are responsible for complying with all Covid protocols in place at the time and venue of this event, as well as any associated costs.
  • A maximum total of 30 (thirty) pairs from the regional finals will travel to the SA finals.
  • The Regional Finals are contested by all qualifying pairs from the Clubs.
  • Regional Final venues will be determined by the Tournament Organizers, whose decision will be final.
  • 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 Organizers, whose decision is final.
  • The event format for the Regional Finals is an 18-hole Better ball Stableford competition as per Rule 6.2a (85%)
  • The qualifiers for the National Finals will be those players with the highest Better ball Score along with the next highest score, dependent on the number of places available.
  • In the event of a tie, 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).
  • If there is still no winner after the above, the count out will be per hole starting from 17 back to 1.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Tournament Organizers reserve the right to nominate a shortened course comprising at least six designated holes as may be appropriate considering the prevailing conditions.
  • At the regional and SA finals, all Ladies Pairs will compete in the lady’s division whether they qualified through their club or through the ladies only qualifying events where possible.

General Notes:

All Regional Final qualifiers will receive:

  • One round of golf grab-and-go and after round snacks.
  • Regional Finals winners will win a place in the National Finals.
  • 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.
  • A maximum total of 30 (thirty) pairs from the regional finals will travel to the SA finals.
  • Players are responsible for their own travel insurance as well as required travel documents. If a player is not able to travel due to inappropriate documents, that pair will have to withdraw and will be replaced.
  • Players are responsible for complying with all Covid protocols in place at the time and venue of this event, as well as any associated costs.
  • The National final event format is a 36-hole Better ball Stableford Competition with 85% handicap allowance (Rule 6.2a).
  • The Organizers will check the “LOW HI” index (for the previous 365 days) 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.
  • It is the responsibility of the player to ensure that he /she plays off the correct handicap as indicated above. The organizers do not take any responsibility for possible incorrect information in this regard.
  • All players must enter their score after round 1 of the competition and the Organizers will check all handicap indexes on the morning prior to round 2.

Players will be playing off their LOW HI index on that day.

  • 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 l),
  • 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:
    • The leaders after 27 holes; or
    • 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.
    • In the event of two or more teams not being separated by any of the above methods or a last resort count out (8 l & m), the winners will be decided by the toss of a coin or by drawing lots if more than 2 teams are involved.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The second-placed pair at the National Finals as well as 1 ladies pair 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.
  • The 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.

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 Organizers.
  • If one player from a pair qualifying at the Regional Finals is unable to play in the National Finals for any reason, that pairs’ place shall be forfeited, and no substitute player will be allowed.
  • Right of admission to the tournament may be reserved.
  • The World Finals – TBA.
  • South Africa now has an allocation of two places plus 1 ladies pair in the World Final.
  • 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.