Regional Finals:

  1. The number of National Final places played for at the Regional Final events is based on ratios. For example, if there are 200 qualifying pairs throughout South Africa and Region ‘X’ has 40 qualifying pairs, then 20% of the places in the National Finals will be available at that Regional Final.
  2. Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA takes place at any affiliated golf club in South Africa.
  3. Regional Finals will be held around the country.
  4. Qualifiers from areas outside the designated Regional Finals areas will be allocated to a Regional Final closest to their home club and will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to that location.
  5. A maximum total of 26 (twenty-six) pairs from the Regional finals will travel to the SA finals in Namibia.
  6. The Regional Finals are contested by all qualifying pairs from the Clubs.
  7. Regional Final venues will be determined by the Tournament Co-ordinators, whose decision is final.
  8. Where there may be more than one venue for the Regional Finals in any region, qualifying pairs will be allocated to one of the venues by the Tournament Co-ordinators, whose decision is final.
  9. The event format for the Regional Finals is an 18-hole Betterball Stableford competition with ¾ handicap allowance. The maximum handicap is 24 for men and 32 for women (i.e. 18 and 24 shots received respectively). Any competitors with a handicap higher than 24 or 32 will compete off a 24 or 32 handicap and receive 18 or 24 strokes handicap allowance.
  10. The qualifiers for the National Finals will be those players with the highest Betterball Stableford points total along with the next highest points, dependent on the number of places available.
  11. In the event of a tie, a play off as opposed to a count out will determine the winners and any additional qualifying pair/s. In the event of a cessation of play in the play-offs due to unavoidable circumstances such as adverse weather conditions, then a count out will be used to decide the winners/qualifiers. The count out will be based on holes 1 to 9, then holes 10 to 18, then stroke 1 to 9 and lastly, stroke 10 to 18.
  12. In the normal course of play, in the event of a cessation of play due to unavoidable circumstances such as adverse weather conditions and all pairs have not completed the round, the course will be deemed to be the front 9. In the event of all pairs not having completed the front 9, the course will be deemed to comprise the number of holes having been completed by the pair having completed 6 holes as long as at least the same 6 holes have been played by all the pairs competing. In the event of less than six holes of a round having been played, the event will be re-scheduled for an alternative day if possible. The Tournament Co-ordinators’ decision is final.
  13. The Promoters reserve the right to nominate a shortened course comprising at least six designated holes as may be appropriate considering the prevailing conditions.
  1. Regional Final- General Notes:
  1. All Regional Final qualifiers will receive:
  2. One round of golf, grab-and-go and a prize-giving with snacks.
  3. There may be further prizes from the tournament promoters and / or associated sponsors in accordance with Rule 4-2g.
  4. Regional Finals winners will win a place in the National Finals.
  5. The promoters reserve the right to retain two National Final reserve places that may be used in cases where play-off pairs cannot be separated or other such circumstances. Failing use under such circumstances, these places will be allocated according to the aforementioned ratios.
  6. Regional Final events will be held as follows:
  7. In each of the regions in which Club Qualifying events have been held as far as possible as long as there are sufficient players to warrant a Regional Final.
  8. The objective is to have a minimum of 16 pairs in a Regional Final.
  9. As far as possible, the objective is not to have more than 60 pairs contesting any Regional Final.
  10. As far as possible, the objective is to try and ensure no pair play at their home course in a Regional Final. The Promoters reserve the right to allocate any pair/s to play in a Regional Final at their home course where it may not be possible due to financial, logistical or other reasons for such pairs to play in any other regional Final.
  11. The number of Regional Finals held will be determined by the number of qualifying pairs.
  1. Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Final:
    1. At this stage those players who have not qualified to go through to the next round will qualify to compete in the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket finals.
    2. This competition is based on the highest Stableford points in each of the categories listed below.
    3. 1 person each from A-, B-, C- Division and a Lady, will go through to the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Final in SA (A Division up to 9, B Division 10-16, C Division 17-24 and Ladies 0-32). Conditions of competition will be the same as the Windhoek Lager International Pairs (HANDICAP ALLOWANCE/RULES, PLAY-OFFS AND COUNT OUT PROCEDURE)
    4. The 4 Winners of each of the above categories at this event will go on to represent South Africa at the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket finals, in Namibia

 

  1. SA Finals (Windhoek Lager International Pairs):
  1. A maximum total of 26 (twenty-six) pairs from the Regional finals will travel to the SA finals in Namibia.
  2. Players are responsible for their own travel insurance as well as required travel documents such as passports and visas. If a player is not able to travel due to inappropriate documents, that pair will have to withdraw and will be replaced.
  3. The National final event format is a 36-hole Betterball Stableford competition with ¾ handicap allowance.
  4. The National Final winners will be the pair with the highest Betterball Stableford points total.
  5. If for any reason – such as adverse weather conditions (e.g. bad light) – interfering with the completion of the event itself or any playoff, the winners will be decided by:
    1. The leaders after 27 holes; or
    2. If there is no play in round 2 or not all pairs are able to complete a minimum of 27 holes, then the leaders after round 1 will be declared the winners – otherwise, as per the count out procedure as at the Regional finals.
  6. Overall winners of the Club Championship Series will be crowned the Windhoek Lager Club Pairs Champions and receive an invitation to represent South Africa at the World Finals with travel to the venue and accommodation expenses paid.
  7. The second-placed pair at the National Finals will also receive an invitation to represent South Africa at the World Finals with travel to the venue and accommodation expenses paid.
  8. The two pairs participating in the World Finals will need to have passports with a minimum of nine months’ validity and will be responsible for arranging their own visas where applicable.
  9. There may be further prizes in accordance with Rule 4-2g.
  10. In the Regional and/or National Finals, if two or more teams finish the designated number of holes with the same number of Stableford points, then the following will occur:
  11. A hole-by-hole sudden-death playoff, with the pair having the most Betterball Stableford points being declared the winners.
  12. In the event of two or more teams not being separated by any of the above methods or a last resort count out, the winners will be decided by the toss of a coin or by drawing lots if more than 2 teams are involved.
  13. It is up to the discretion of the Tournament Referee or Tournament Director to determine the suitability – or otherwise – for play to be halted or for the total cessation of play.
  14. All players must have an official club handicap and the Tournament Director reserves the right to request a handicap validation from the player’s golf club for Regional and National Finals.
  15. The Tournament Director may over-ride any of these rules if the environment or situation at the time requires him or her to do so.
  16. In the event of a pair having qualified at the Regional Finals being unable to play in the National Finals for any reason, that pair shall be substituted by the Tournament Promoters.
  17. If one player from a pair qualifying at the Regional Finals is unable to play in the National Finals for any reason, that pair’s place shall be forfeited and no substitute player will be allowed.
  18. Should any player make an error with a score submission for handicapping or fail to submit a score from any round during any stage of the competition in which that player is involved, then that player and their partner will be required to withdraw from further participation in the event – even if such submission or omission was a mistake.
  19. As with the above point and as with Professional golfers, should a competitor sign for an incorrect score during any stage of the event, that player and their partner will be required to withdraw from further participation in the event.
  20. If the handicap of a player – who may have played in the event in two consecutive years – increases by more than two shots over the period, the Tournament Co-ordinators reserve the right to access the handicap submission history of that player and to potentially ask the player’s club management to substantiate the validity of the handicap increase.
  21. Any player having qualified and played in the World Finals may not qualify for the World Finals again for a period of two years. They may, however, represent their club at the Regional Finals and potentially attend the National Finals to compete for the Windhoek Lager Club Pairs Champions of South Africa title.
  22. Right of admission to the tournament may be reserved.
  1. World Finals Spain 2016:
  1. South Africa now has an allocation of two places in the World Final. At the 36-hole National Final event, we will crown the Windhoek Lager Club Champion Pair who, together with a second placed club pair, will go on to represent South Africa and compete in the International Pairs World Finals in Spain in 2016.
  2. Players are responsible for their own travel insurance as well as required travel documents such as passports and visas. If a player is not able to travel due to inappropriate documents, that pair will have to withdraw and will be replaced.

The organizers – African Sports Management, in coordination with the sponsors, reserve the right to change, amend or add any rules and regulations they deem required necessary to ensure the successful running of the events.

The tournament committee will consist of members of Windhoek Lager and African Sports Management, whose decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering the WLIPSA event players confirm that they will abide and accept the rules as set out above.