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Pairs offers knockout chance to avoid winter blues

Golfers keen to maintain their competitive edge during the winter months ahead are being offered a new tournament to enter with the launch of the new International Pairs Winter Matchplay.

Following on from the success of its first-ever knockout event this summer, the world’s largest competition of its kind for club golfers is giving players an early chance to qualify for the final stages of the 2009 International Pairs tournament.

Played over a series of four knockout rounds in regions throughout the UK between November and February next year, the event is open to all club golfers with a valid CONGU affiliated handicap and will help players in their quest to keep their games sharp for the start of next season.

Ross Honey, founder and chairman of International Pairs, said: “We received a fantastic response to the inaugural knockout tournament we launched this year and this is another way of making International Pairs available to as many people as possible.

“Many golfers are tempted to put their clubs away when the winter comes but knockout is one of the most exciting formats in golf.

“We’re thrilled to offer a new way to get involved with International Pairs and this is a great chance for people keep swinging over the winter to so they can hit the ground running next year.”

Like the Summer Matchplay, the new tournament works in tandem with the normal International Pairs competition and costs just £30 per pair to enter, with each match played using a knockout matchplay format over 18 holes, with the first round starting at the beginning of November.

But unlike the regular format where teams must enter from the same club, competitors will be free to team up with friends who play at a different course to form their partnerships.

Closing date for entries is October 26 and the draw will be made shortly afterwards on a regional basis to minimise travelling for competitors.

Each round must be completed by the end of the calendar month and the winning teams will then move forward to the 2009 finals - with the chance to progress to represent club and country against pairs from across the globe in the 2009 International Pairs World Final.

“International Pairs has always been a tournament open to everyone and we want that philosophy to continue in the years to come as the brand grows,” added Honey, who started the competition ten years ago.

“This year is a notable landmark for International Pairs but I really believe we haven’t scratched the surface of what we can achieve. It’s very exciting.

“We have been able to establish fantastic international partners all over the world. And I think with the people and global family we have created we can build an amazing means of moving forward.”

International Pairs will stage its fifth world final at The Duke’s, St Andrews, from September 21-23 next month when competitors from 30 countries including America, South Africa, Malaysia, Iceland, Ireland and Nigeria will battle for the chance to become 2008 world champion.

And the event, which has been backed by Visit Scotland for the last six years, is poised to get even bigger as it is set to expand into 52 countries.

Australia, Sweden, Russia and the Caribbean have all joined International Pairs this year while it has also signed agreements with the English Golf Union and International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) in the last 12 months.

To enter the International Pairs Winter Matchplay or to register a club, please call 01489 878509, or e-mail info@internationalpairs.com . Alternatively, visit the Pairs’ website at www.internationalpairs.com/uk .

August 26, 2008

 


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