South Africa – PGA of South Africa World Club ProAm has opened entries with a prize fund of US$270 000 for the championship title. The tournament returns to KwaZulu-Natal between 14 and 21 February 2015.
Chief Executive of the PGA of South Africa, Ivano Ficalbi, said, “Our inaugural event received acclaim from the 30 teams that entered from the four corners of the globe. The winner, Henrik Engdahl from the PGA of Sweden, won US$33 000 and every Professional walked away with more than US$1 900. Thanks to the sponsorship from our tournament partner, Taylormade, every Amateur participant travelled home with top of the range Taylormade golf equipment”.
The prize fund in 2015 will be US$270 000 with 1st to 60th sharing in US$210 000. Every Professional is guaranteed a minimum appearance fee of US$1 000 even if they fail to finish in the top 60. The Professionals compete in an Individual Stableford format while the team competes in a ProAm 4-ball alliance. With no cut at any stage for either competition, the very last shot played could guarantee a win.
Event Management Director, Beverley Theron, commented, “Thanks to the loyal support of our stakeholders and sponsors, we are thrilled to offer a full golfing package, plus seven nights 4-star accommodation sharing, meals and three 5-star gala events”.
The ProAm 4-ball package sees any World Alliance PGA club professional being invited for an all-expenses paid championship, compliments of the event organisers, the PGA of South Africa and sponsors. 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 entry region.
Chad Ayres, 2014 Indiana PGA Professional of the Year, commented on the inaugural tournament, “The World Club Pro Am was an incredible experience for my Club Members and myself. Traveling to South Africa and playing five of the best golf courses in KwaZulu-Natal was a real treat.
The courses were some of the best layouts I have ever played on and the championship was well organized. Our team was well received and cared for by the event organisers and I would highly recommend this great-value, experience to all Golf Professionals. We added a two day safari onto the back end of our trip and this was the cherry on top – simply amazing!”
“Get in early and register firstly as a PGA golf professional to secure your spot. Entries per world region are limited and any region that is oversubscribed will go onto a waiting list to fill spaces not taken in other regions on a first come basis,” concluded Theron.