The World Golfers Cham­pi­onship

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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 visit­golfer­saus­ for fur­ther de­tails or con­tact the con­tact lo­cal tour­na­ment direc­tors at regis­ter@world­golfer­saus­

The 2010 Aus­tralian Team at The World Golfers Cham­pi­onship

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