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VIDEO: Sharwoods jump on-board to sponsor 2017 Humewood Open Championship

By Marc Jacobson - Jul 10, 2017
VIDEO: Sharwoods jump on-board to sponsor 2017 Humewood Open Championship

Steeped in history and tradition, Port Elizabeth golfing enthusiasts will be able to get a taste of the world’s oldest national tournament when the Open Championship 'pays a visit' to the Humewood Golf Club this month.

Sharwoods have jumped onboard to sponsor 2017's edition of the Humewood tournament, while England's event is considered by many to be the premier major of the year and first held in 1860, the 146th edition of the tournament will take place at Royal Birkdale from July 20 to 23.

And while the main event happens 10 000km away in England, there will be a sizeable local taste of the action as Humewood celebrate the famous tournament in style on July 21 and 22.

In conjunction with Sharwoods, the Humewood Golf Club will emulate the spirit of the occasion, encouraging golfers to join in the fun by breaking away from their normal golf attire.

“We are looking forward to two days of fun and great golf as we encourage competitors to dress up in golfing attire, ranging from jackets and ties, braces, tweed suits, kilts and the like,” said Humewood general manager Andrew McLean.

“The same applies for head gear. Anything and everything goes, provided it is in the spirit of golf and the event.”

Not only will the “champion golfer” over the two days be awarded with a replica of the famed Claret Jug, there will be a very real interest in the action at Royal Birkdale on the Saturday, with a unique format planned. McLean outlined the concept.

“On the Saturday, golfers will be on their own, competing in an individual stableford competition to give them an idea of how the pros have to deal with things,” he said.

“Prior to teeing off on Saturday, golfers will draw a pro playing in the Championship. At the conclusion of the rounds the scores of both players will be added up, with the best combined stableford total deciding the winner.

“This will be based on the Championship third round, so you can root for your pro in the pub. We will convert the pro’s score into stableford points and add the two together.”

McLean said the celebrations would start on the Friday at noon with a shotgun start.

“The format will be an individual stableford, but there will also be an alliance prize to keep things friendly! Although there are daily prizes, there will be an overall prize for the champion golfer over the two days. This individual will be the winner of the Claret Jug.”

Besides the daily prizes, there will be loads of field prizes, including nearest the pin, longest drive and closest for two.

McLean added that a free ordinary Humewood membership for the category in which golfers are currently placed would be up for grabs to the first golfer who aces the sixth hole during the two days.

“We are planning to organise entertainment, food and an atmosphere that will not be forgotten in a hurry,” he said.

“We still have many openings for sponsorship of tees and greens, while anyone interested can also support us by contributing towards the prizes.”

Image:From left, Brendon Timm of the Humewood Pro Shop, with elder club members, Bruce Wesson and Allan Campbell in the golf attire expected at the Humewood Open Championship.

Watch to get a look at the launch of the tournament on Monday morning, with Sharwoods as sponsors