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22 september 2015 19:45
3rd PGA of SA World Club ProAm To Tee-Up in South Africa
After receiving world acclaim for the professional and successful hosting of the second, annual World Club ProAm championships, the organisers – the PGA of SA, Flagship Events and World Golf Events SA – are teeing-up for the third consecutive event, which will swing into action from 27 February to 5 March 2016 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
PGA of SA Chief Executive, Ivano Ficalbi, said, “We are pleased to announce that the entries are open and teams who have been waiting have been quick to secure their spots for 2016. This tournament, the only Club ProAm of its kind in the world, has come a long way since we announced the inaugural event at the 2012 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress in Portugal, and we are proud to say that it just keeps getting better and better”.
Moving into the third year, the tournament is set to achieve even greater hype and interest on the European golf platform with the announcement by the PGAs of Europe that they will be sanctioning the World Club ProAm as a premier tournament on their 2016 calendar. With this recognition, world-class courses, fantastic playing conditions of 90 holes across four championship courses and payouts up to 60th place, more PGA Professionals are looking to etch their name on the individual trophy and fill the shelf at their club with the team silverware.
To achieve this, they will have to battle it out in an Individual Stableford format competition to claim the US$33,000 cash first prize. The teams will compete in a Pro-Am four round tournament consisting of three rounds of combined Betterball Stableford and a single round of Fourball Alliance Stableford for the prestigious Team Pro-Am trophy. A total prize purse of US$210 000 will be paid out that includes cash for the Professionals and US$50 000 in cutting-edge golf apparel for the daily amateur prizewinners, plus two luxury hole-in-one cars for the Professional and amateur as separate prizes.
Four of the country’s finest courses – Durban Country Club, Zimbali Country Club, Prince’s Grant Golf Estate and Cotswold Downs Golf Estate – will come together to provide a supreme test of tournament golf from tee-off to the final putt. ‘Unique’, ‘fun’ and ‘challenging’ are the words that best describe what can be anticipated. All four courses boast world-class playing surfaces, topography that provides for spectacular sea views of the Indian Ocean and an awe-inspiring combination of golf and nature.
“With a number of respected golfing publication awards under their belts and the prestige of being designed by world famous course designers, we are confident that our selection will deliver on an unforgettable golf experience,” concludes Ivano Ficalbi.
All registered PGA Professionals are invited by the PGA of South Africa to enter online at www.worldclubproam.com and identify three amateur golfers, with official handicaps, to make up the entry as prescribed for their region. The entry includes a full golfing package of five days of competitive golf across 90-holes of championship courses, plus seven nights 5-star accommodation sharing at the Durban Hilton Hotel and 5-star gala events.