The World Golfers Championship
FOR the average amateur golfer on a “mortal” handicap, international representation and tournament conditions are for the pros to enjoy and amateurs to dream about – or so it has always seemed over here in Australia.
In fact, there is an international tournament for club amateurs played every year in exotic locations like Spain, Morocco and the Dominican Republic. This year it is to be played in South Africa.
The World Golfers Championship - now in its 17th year — boasts Arnold Palmer as its Patron and, until his tragic passing earlier this year, Severiano Ballesteros as its Honorary Chairman.
The World Golfers Championship challenges handicap golfers to qualify as their country’s best in 5 handicap divisions of ‘up to 5’, 6 – 10, 11 – 15, 16 – 20 and 21+, then sends those 5 qualifiers off to an international play-off against 38 other competing countries.
Representatives play for their country as individuals as well as in the team of 5. Last year was the first time Australia fielded a team, which came through in a creditable 6th place. In an extraordinary debut performance, their lowest marker, Doug Hannaford from Perth, won the World Championship for handicaps 5 and below. The 2010 Championship was held in Hua Hin, Thailand over courses including the breathtaking Black Mountain and Banyan layouts.
Played over 4 rounds, the play-off is held on great courses and under “pro” conditions. The nights of the tournament week are equally engaging, featuring gala dinners and cocktail parties and taking in the cultures of the host nation.
For those not lucky enough to qualify, there is a parallel tournament, the World Golfers Invitational which they can pay to enter and enjoy all the same courses, tournament conditions and all the same festivities.
This year’s event in Durban promises to be the best yet, with the local tourism board highly committed to its success. Interested Australian golfers should visit www.worldgolfersaustralia.com for further details or contact the contact local tournament directors at email@example.com.
The 2010 Australian Team at The World Golfers Championship