Heart-stopping finale at anniversary tournament: Team Taiwan wins the 30th BMW Golf Cup International World Final in South Africa.

  • Tied after 162 holes: Taiwan wins on countback ahead of
    South Africa at the Fancourt Golf Resort.
  • In the individual categories, Yingying Chung (Taiwan,
    Ladies), Anthony Struik (Australia, Men A) and Neil Cronin (United
    Kingdom, Men B) win at the highlight of the greatest international
    tournament series for amateur golfers.
  • Special guest Colin Montgomerie (Scotland) thrills the
    participants from 31 nations with the Ryder Cup trophy, holds a
    golf clinic and presents the trophies.
  • Montgomerie: “The World Final has everything that I love
    about our fantastic sport.”

The 30th BMW Golf Cup International World Final took place
this week. The very best of around 100,000 participating amateur
golfers had qualified for the event. In the idyllic surroundings of
the Fancourt Golf Resort (George, South Africa), they experienced an
unforgettable week that was rounded off by one of the most exciting
conclusions in the long history of this popular competition: the
teams from Taiwan and South Africa were neck and neck in the team
standings, which add up a country’s results in the three categories.
After application of the countback procedure (over the last 36, 18,
9, 6, 3, 1 holes), it was Team Taiwan that received the winner’s
trophy from Colin Montgomerie at the gala dinner to conclude the tournament.

“Congratulations to Team Taiwan on their victory in the National Team
competition at the 30th BMW Golf Cup International. This is a
fantastic achievement and we are delighted to have such worthy
champions as we celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Jörn
Plinke, Head of BMW Golfsport Marketing. “This year’s World Final once
again showed why the largest international tournament series continues
to inspire so many people around the world, even after three decades:
amateur golf in professional conditions, unique experiences and, above
all, friendship, mutual respect and the joy of sharing a common
interest. This is what golf should be about.”

In the idyllic surroundings of the Fancourt Golf Resort, sheltered by
the Outeniqua Mountains, the teams from Taiwan and South Africa scored
a total of 293 points (Stableford, net), while third place was claimed
by Team Australia (284).

Underlining how everyone involved could feel like winners, no matter
how much they had wanted to top the standings, golfing legend Colin
Montgomerie delighted guests by bringing the Ryder Cup trophy to the
gala dinner. “The BMW Golf Cup International World Final is a golf
event second to none,” said Montgomerie. “It’s an honour to have been
invited and to witness the camaraderie, spirit and passion shown by
dedicated amateur golfers from all around the globe. The World Final
has everything that I love about our fantastic sport. Fancourt once
again delivered the perfect surroundings for the special kind of
premium event BMW is famous for throughout the golfing world.
Congratulations, BMW, on the 30th anniversary of the World Final and
thank you for everything you have done for the game of golf!”

In the Ladies category (HCP to 28), Yingying Chung (Taiwan, 110)
emerged victorious ahead of Makoto Nagai (Japan, 108) and Dily Ng
(Singapore, 98). Anthony Struik (Australia, 100) enjoyed a clearer
margin of victory in Men A (to HCP 12). The countback procedure was
also required here to break the tie for second place in favour of
Jannie van Breda. The South African and Kean Su Lem (Singapore) had
both scored 96 net points after three tournament rounds.

The decision in Men B (HCP 13-28) was unbelievably tight: just two
points separated first and fifth places. Victory went to Neil Cronin
(United Kingdom, 104), followed by Mohamed Suliman (South Africa, 104)
and Vincent Misuraca (Australia, 103). Matthieu Billmann (France, 102)
and Alexander Feistl (Germany, 102) finished in fourth and fifth positions.