New Play Format set to spice up 2016 World Club ProAm

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After receiving world acclaim for the successful hosting of the second annual World Club ProAm championship, the organisers – the PGA of South Africa, Flagship Events and World Golf Events SA – are teeing-up for the third consecutive event from 27 February to 5 March 2016 in KwaZulu-Natal.

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.

An exciting adjusted competition format is set to spice up the camaraderie and challenge for the professional and team title.

The changes promote global networking opportunities between the participating golfers and create a valuable opportunity for the PGA professional to spend more time hosting his invited amateurs, thereby enhancing the World Club ProAm golf experience.

The 90-hole format that is unique to the World Club ProAm will remain for the PGA professional, but the amateurs will now play four rounds of team golf with an optional fifth round for the World Club ProAm Individual Amateur title. The team event will consist of three rounds of combined Betterball Stableford and a single round of Fourball Alliance Stableford with two scores to count.

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Left to right: Arthur Mzimela (World Golf Events SA) and Ivano Ficalbi (Chief Executive of the PGA of SA) holding the Professional Trophy with Beverley Theron (Event Director) and Toy Mzimela (World Golf Events SA) holding the Team Trophy at Durban Country Club.

The PGA professional will partner with a different amateur partner each day thereby pairing with two other amateurs giving players the opportunity to network with golfers from other teams.

The amateurs  then have the option of either competing in the separate Individual Cup event on day five or they can opt to rest and support their PGA professional on the final day of the Professional Championship.

The PGA professionals will be drawn together in a seeded  final round in the Individual Stableford Professional Championship where the winner will claim the US$33 000 prize fund and Individual title.

“This format change has been introduced to increase the engagement and networking between the players and we are confident  that the players will appreciate the challenge and increase the popularity of the event. Our focus throughout this decision process has been to ensure that the title and team trophy is tightly contested  and that the ethos of the tournament to promote camaraderie among the teams and to provide a truly memorable golf experience is upheld,” said Ivano Ficalbi, Chief Executive of the PGA of South Africa.

PGA professionals and their amateurs around the world are preparing themselves for another fiercely competitive tournament, which will be played out across KZN’s championship 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.

“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. With four world-class host courses secured, a total prize fund of US$210 000 along with other fantastic prizes and entries pouring in from all over the world, we are looking forward to another exhilarating event,” said Beverley Theron, Event Director.

For more information and to enter online, visit www.worldclubproam.com

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