02 Mar

4th Annual PGA of South Africa World Club ProAm launches 25 February 2017 in Durban

The PGA of South Africa World Club ProAm opened at the Welcome Cocktail on Saturday night followed by the Gala Banquet on Sunday at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel Great Ilanga Room before teeing off on Monday 27th February for the 4th consecutive year. Forty-Two (42) teams from across the globe will battle it out for the coveted title of World Club Champions. Fully sanctioned by the PGA’s of Europe, the tournament is expanding rapidly, almost doubling in entries from 2016 to 2017. The field comprises 16 international teams and 25 from South Africa, with two past winners in Henrik Engdahl of Sweden playing out of Crete Golf Club Greece (2014/2015) and Julian Gressier France playing out of Club Chateau de RaRay (2016) returning to challenge for the title of PGA Professional Champion.

 Also encouraging is the massive support we see this year from our 15 women golfers. One of which is the First woman PGA Pro Lisa McKenzie who has her mind set on leading River Club Team (2) to victory and potentially making history by becoming the first woman golfer to win the PGA of SA World Club ProAm.

Teams compete for the prestigious club title over 72 championship holes and the PGA Professionals complete their title race with a 5th and final round to give them a 90 hole score on the final day. At the same time the amateurs compete for an Individual Cup on the 5th day. Amateurs share in a permissible range of prizes and benefits worth R500 000 and the professional prize pool of US$100 000 sets the scene for a week of highly competitive golf, both as a team event and for the individual challenge. Durban Country Club, Beachwood Country Club, Cotswold Downs Golf Estate and Zimbali Country Club are the 2017 host championship courses with the final day being played at DCC.

The event has received acclaim and full support from all the member countries of the PGAs of Europe and the growth is tantamount to their endorsement and recognition of the event status on the packed annual PGA calendar. 

CEO of the PGA of South Africa, Ivano Ficalbi, said, “We are thrilled that even under the most trying conditions in world golf, the World Club ProAm is growing and developing the game of golf not only in South Africa, but around the world. The event is already proving highly successful in bringing countries, golf clubs, PGA professionals and amateur golfers from across the world to Durban, South Africa to compete for the PGA of South Africa’s World Club ProAm title”.

Craig Clay-Smith, spokesperson for the organizer comments, “The uniqueness of the tournament is that with the help of stakeholders, and innovative partnerships, we have managed to structure an all inclusive package for the ProAm 4-ball that sees the club professional travelling and entering as guests of the event. All registered PGA club professionals are invited to enter and identify three amateur golfers, with official handicaps at their home club, who will make up the entry as prescribed for their region.”

There are two competitions played simultaneously – the professional stableford championship and the ProAm 4-ball alliance. On the last day the amateurs compete for an Individual Cup and the PGA Professionals play the last 18 of their 90-hole championship. “With no cut at any stage for either competition, the very last shot played and putt sunk could still guarantee a place on the podium, so every single player and team has a chance to walk off with the spoils, explains Paul Marks Chairman the PGA of South Africa.”

The winning 4-ball will claim the coveted inaugural World Club ProAm team Trophy and the winning PGA Professional will pocket ±US$16 000 in prize money. The runner-up, third and through to the 25th finishing 4-balls all win permissible prizes. There are also two BMW 2-Series Convertibles worth R550 000 each from SMG BMW up for grabs for a hole-in-one for both professionals and amateurs.

The entry includes a full golfing package plus seven nights 4-star accommodation sharing, meals and two 5-star gala events. “Twenty-five new teams have already placed their names on the provisional list for 2018 and we expect to fill the field for next year very quickly, so no doubt the current teams will add their names again before leaving this year,” concludes Beverley Theron Event Director.

For further information and to enter, visit http://www.worldclubproam.com/

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