“Approved for payment of expenses by the SA Golf Association Rule 4-2 g SAGA09/17 – Windhoek Lager International Pairs 2018 SA: Rule 4-2 g SAGA 08/17– Windhoek Lager Championship 2018 SA” T’s & C’s Apply

INTERNATIONAL PAIRS SEASON 3

To be known as the Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa (WLIPSA), Incorporating the Windhoek Lager Africa Championship

Competition Conditions Season 3

  1. The Sponsors:

Windhoek Lager is the Title Rights Holder of the tournament, and they make it possible for the event to remain extremely cost-effective.

Price Waterhouse Coopers, The Pro Shop, City Lodge Group, Tempest, Callaway and World Leisure Holidays provide great support to the tournament and the participants, adding significant value to the event.

The Tournament coordinators of the Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa and the Windhoek Lager Championship is African Sports Management (Pty) Ltd.

Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa and the Windhoek Lager Championship are both approved by the South African Golf Association for the payment of expenses under Rule 4-2g.

2. Information of importance to The Club:

  • The objective is to retain the image and reputation of WLIPSA as a “tournament of integrity”.
  • All affiliated golf clubs will be eligible to participate in the WLIPSA
  • It is now the largest amateur pairs event in South Africa.
  • WLIPSA is a competitive, cost-effective Betterball Stableford competition.
  • Any affiliated golf club may register and generate qualifying pairs from their Club Qualifying
  • The tournament is effectively the inter-club “pairs” championship of South Africa.
  • International Pairs events can be played as men’s, women’s and mixed pairs.
  • A Club Qualifier can be held in conjunction with an existing club competition on the club calendar, where the winners also gain qualification to the Regional Finals.
  • Visiting pairs are not eligible to qualify for the Regional Finals. The club may allow visitors to register to play in the competition. The club may allow them to win a prize – but they may not receive an invitation to the Regional Finals. (They will need to play in a WLIPSA Club Qualifying event at their home club.)
  • The above also applies to guests who may be playing with a member – they may not represent the club at the Regional Finals.
  • With WLIPSA, all club handicap golfers can compete for the right to represent their club, their Region and possibly even South Africa in an International event.
  • The simple process is that:
  • Pairs play at their home Club Qualifier and, dependant on the size of the field, a number of players receive invitations to represent their golf club at the Regional Finals:
  • In qualifying events, one pair qualifies from a field of the minimum number of 15 pairs. Two pairs qualify from a field comprising of 30 pairs etc. (as below).
  • A club may have a morning and an afternoon field or four qualifying events in the qualifying window period.) 1 September 2017 to 31 March 2018.
  • Two 9-hole golf clubs can combine their qualifying event, subject to approval by the Promoter, in order to ensure a larger field.
  • Ladies sections of affiliated golf clubs can combine and host a separate qualifier to meet the criteria of a minimum of 15 participating pairs (subject to the approval of the Promoters)
  • If a club has one field for the whole day, then very simply: 15 pairs = 1 Regional Final place; 30 pairs = 2 places, 45 pairs = 3 places and thereafter 1 place for every additional 15 pairs will represent the club/s at the Regional Finals.
  • All this for a once-off R80 entry fee at the club qualifier. Each player receives a pair of branded Windhoek Lager golf balls.
  • 20% (twenty percent) of the entry fee will go towards prizes at your Club Qualifier. Clubs can buy prizes from their local Pro-shop. If the Club does not have a local Pro-shop, the Club can purchase prizes from other suppliers.
  • Players do not pay any further entry fees for the Regional Finals, The SA Final, the Windhoek Lager Championship finals or the International Finals. At these finals, all expenses are paid for, including accommodation (Namibia and Spain), breakfast, halfway lunch and dinner snacks (caddies and golf carts are for the players’ accounts). Travel to the Regional event is for the players’ own accounts.

3.  When does it all take place?

  • The Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Club qualifying events take place from August 2017.
  • Club qualifying events must be completed by 31 March 2018.
  • The Regional Finals will be completed by in May 2018.
  • The National Finals will take place in June 2018. The venue is Windhoek Country Club and Omeya Golf Club in Namibia.
  • The World Finals will take place in October/November (TBC) in

4.   Qualifying Events:

  • The tournament comprises of a Series of Club Qualifying events.
  • The competition entry fee for all Club Qualifying events is R80 (eighty Rand) per player payable to the club.
  • Only club members may qualify at a Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa Club Qualifying event.
  • The competition shall be played in accordance with the rules of golf as laid down by the R&A of St Andrews, 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.
  • 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 an affiliated Golf Club and have an official handicap.
  • Only club competitions registered with the Tournament Coordinators 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 Coordinators have received full payment of all competition entry fees plus 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 within 7 working days after completion of the qualifying event to ASM.
  • In addition, all organizers of qualifier 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 Coordinators, 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 education commitments, 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.
  • 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.

5.   Prizes – Club Level:

  • 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.

6.  Information of importance to The Players:

  • It is one of the biggest golf tournaments for amateur club golfers in the world.
  • The final stages are conducted along the lines of a professional event, with no count-outs and any “ties” being settled by way of a play-off if possible (see below).
  • 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 as well as the opportunity to qualify for the Windhoek Lager Championship finals in Namibia.
  • The qualifying process culminates in two pairs of ordinary amateur club golfers representing South Africa at the World Finals.

It is as simple as that, but as you proceed through the qualifying rounds, the pressure intensifies!

7.   How much does it cost to enter and what does that cover?

  • The entry fee is R80 (eighty rand) per player 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 arrival drinks, green fees, players’ halfway house, snacks and a couple of drinks – and a couple of other surprises – 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 to this stage.)
  • 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)
  • No payment is required at the SA Finals of the Windhoek Lager Championship Final in SA or the finals in Namibia – all air travel, accommodation, meals, green fees, drinks and other surprises are covered by Windhoek Lager (Caddies or carts, where applicable, are for the player’s account)

Finally, Windhoek Lager also covers the costs of our South African representatives attending the World Finals of the International Pairs in Portugal.

8.   Where do I enter?

  • 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.
  • There are no “open events”, one can only qualify to represent the golf club at which one is a member.Handicapping:
  • All players must be in good standing at their club.
  • All players must have a current official handicap.
  • Players shall use their handicap according to the handicapping system in operation, as implemented by the South African Golf Association.
  • During the Final Stages of the Tournament (being the Regional, National and World Finals); golfers will receive a ¾ allowance of their handicap, which complies with the international Handicapping Rules of the Tournament.
  • There is a maximum handicap of 28 for men and 32 for women for the Regional, National and World Finals. (Note: not at the Club Qualifying events) (This means an allowance of a maximum of 21 and 24 shots received respectively.) Anyone can enter on the understanding that there are maximum handicaps off which they can play.
  • It should be noted that there are no Senior Tees, but the Tournament Coordinators reserve the right to liaise with the Golf Director of any club to adjust the handicap of any golfer qualifying for the Final Stages who may have qualified off senior tees.
  • 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 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 used in the respective qualifying event; or a lower one.
  • If a player’s handicap 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.
  • Furthermore, a player may only play in the Final Stages off a handicap of no more than 20% greater than their lowest handicap over the last 12 months. This is restricted up to a maximum of one shot for single figure handicaps and two shots for all other handicaps. (E.g. if one’s lowest handicap over the last 12 months is 8 and one’s handicap at the time of the Regional Finals is 10, then that player may only play off a handicap of a maximum of 9.)
  • A player shall always play off the lower handicap as per the above conditions during the final stages.

9.   Regional Finals:

  • 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.
  • A maximum total of 24 (twenty-four) pairs from the Regional finals will travel to the SA finals in Namibia.
  • The Regional Finals are contested by all qualifying pairs from the Clubs.
  • Regional Final venues will be determined by the Tournament Co-ordinators, whose decision is 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 Co-ordinators, whose decision is final.
  • The event format for the Regional Finals is an 18-hole Betterball Stableford competition with ¾ handicap allowance. The maximum handicap is 28 for men and 32 for women (i.e. 21 and 24 shots received respectively). Any competitors with a handicap higher than 28 or 32 will compete off a 28 or 32 handicap and receive 21 or 24 strokes handicap allowance.
  • The qualifiers for the National Finals will be those players with the highest Betterball Stableford points total along with the next highest points, dependent on the number of places available.
  • 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, 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).
  • In the normal course of play, in the event of a cessation of play due to unavoidable circumstances such as adverse weather conditions 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 Co-ordinators’ decision is final.

The Tournament Co-ordinators reserve the right to nominate a shortened course comprising at least six designated holes as may be appropriate considering the prevailing conditions.

10.    Regional Finals- General Notes:

  • All Regional Final qualifiers will receive:
  • One round of golf, grab-and-go and a prize-giving with snacks.
  • There may be further prizes from the tournament promoters and / or associated sponsors in accordance with Rule 4-2g.
  • 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 Co-ordinators 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.

11.   Windhoek Lager Championship Final:

  • At the regional stage those players who have not qualified to go through to the Windhoek Lager International Pairs Final, will qualify to compete in the Windhoek Lager Championship SA finals.
  • 1 person each from A-, B-, C- Division and a Lady, will go through to the Windhoek Lager Championship Final in SA (A Division up to 9, B Division 10-16, C Division 17-28 and Ladies 0-32),
  •  NOTE 1: THE DIVISIONS WILL BE AS PER FULL HANDICAP AND PLAYERS WILL PLAY OF FULL HANDICAP (SUBJECT TO THE OTHER HANDICAP RULES)

NOTE 2: ONCE QUALIFIED IN A DIVISION, THE PLAYER WILL REMAIN IN THAT DIVISION FOR THE DURATION OF THE COMPETITION.

NOTE 3: A- DIVISION WILL PLAY STROKE PLAY, ALL OTHER DIVISIONS WILL PLAY STABLEFORD.

NOTE 4: Conditions of competition will be the same as the Windhoek Lager International Pairs (RULES, PLAY-OFFS AND COUNT OUT PROCEDURE)

    1. The 4 Winners of each of the above categories at this event will go on to represent South Africa at the Windhoek Lager Championship finals, in Namibia

 12.   SA Finals (Windhoek Lager International Pairs):

  • A maximum total of 24 (twenty-four) pairs from the Regional finals will travel to the SA finals in Namibia.
  • 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.
  • The National final event format is a 36-hole Betterball Stableford competition with ¾ handicap allowance.
  • The National Final winners will be the pair with the highest Betterball Stableford points total.
  • 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 2 or not all pairs are able to complete a minimum of 27 holes, then the leaders after round 1 will be declared the winners – otherwise, as per the count out procedure as at the Regional finals.
  • Overall winners of the Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Championship will be crowned the Windhoek Lager Club Pairs Champions and receive an invitation to represent South Africa at the World Finals with travel to the venue and accommodation expenses paid.
  • The second-placed pair at the National Finals will also receive an invitation to represent South Africa at the World Finals with travel to the venue and accommodation expenses paid.
  • 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.
  • There may be further prizes in accordance with Rule 4-2g.
  • In the Regional and/or National Finals, if two or more teams finish the designated number of holes with the same number of Stableford points, then the following will occur:
  • A hole-by-hole sudden-death playoff, with the pair having the most Betterball Stableford points being 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, 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.
  • All players must have an official club handicap and the Tournament Director reserves the right to request a handicap 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 Co-ordinators.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If the handicap of a player – who may have played in the event in two consecutive years – increases by more than two shots over the period, the Tournament Co-ordinators reserve the right to access the handicap submission history of that player and to potentially ask the player’s club management to substantiate the validity of the handicap increase.
  • 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 and potentially attend the National Finals to compete for the Windhoek Lager Club Pairs Champions of South Africa title.
  • Right of admission to the tournament may be reserved.

13.   World Finals Portugal 2018:

  • South Africa now has an allocation of two places in the World Final. At the 36-hole National Final event, we will crown the Windhoek Lager Club Champion Pair who, together with a second placed club pair, will go on to represent South Africa and compete in the International Pairs World Finals in Portugal in 2018.
  • 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.

The organizers – African Sports Management, in coordination with the sponsors, reserve the right to change, amend or add any rules and regulations they deem required necessary to ensure the successful running of the events.

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 into.

By entering the WLIPSA event players confirm that they will abide and accept the rules as set out above.

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

Should you have any queries please feel free to contact the tournament Coordinators – African Sports Management -Johan Scholtz via email at info@africansm.co.za or by phone on 081 311 1107