Amateurs in with a chance to play in Scotland
Some of the country’s avid amateur golfers will compete in the Old Mutual International Pairs South Africa (OMIPSA) National Finals 2012 for the chance to represent South Africa at the world final in Scotland later this year.
The tournament takes place today until 1 August at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa. Thirty-two pairs of amateur golfers will battle it out for a chance to play against golfers from around the world. The top three pairs will earn the right to contest the world final at the Carrick championship course in Loch Lomond, Scotland, scheduled to take place from 1-3 October.
Over 9 000 golfers teed up around the country at the start of the year and the top 452 made it through to the regional finals. This culminated in 64 amateur golfers from the Club Championship Series and the Old Mutual Invitational Series making it through to the national finals.
OMIPSA is the national leg of the largest amateur golf event of its kind in the world. Over 50 000 golfers have played in local tournaments since the first qualifying event was held in January 2006. Now in its seventh year, it was recently referred to by a respected golf commentator as ”the most prestigious amateur club event in the country”.
Shirley Koaho, Old Mutual’s general manager of marketing, says “Old Mutual is doing great things through this tournament by providing amateur golfers with an experience of competing like professionals in a world-class golf competition.”
Koaho added that golf is one of the fastest growing sports in South Africa and this event provides Old Mutual with an opportunity to engage and connect with customers.
The course set up at Zebula will provide competitors with a testing layout that is both interesting and enjoyable. Six weeks ago Zebula was the venue for a Sunshine Tour tournament.