Draw Procedure: 2023 GolfRSA Race to The R&A 9 Hole Challenge

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: A view of the green on the par 5, 18th hole with the clubhouse behind for the 2023 Open Championship (this hole plays as the 16the hole on the club routing) at Royal Liverpool Golf Club on September 16, 2022 in Hoylake, England. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

29 April 2023 – Excitement is mounting as we draw closer to cut-off date of the 2023 GolfRSA Race to The R&A 9 Hole Challenge at Royal Liverpool ahead of the 151st Open Championship this July!

GolfRSA is delighted to announce the draw procedure that will determine who the two lucky winners are who will join golfers from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in The R&A 9-Hole Challenge Final, to be played on the Friday prior to the Open. The winning duo will also receive tickets to watch two practice days and two championship days of The Open and this wonderful prize also includes airfare, hotel accommodation subsidy, green fees and a subsistence allowance.

“Our scoring partners, Albratros Golf Solutions will provide the list of entrants who meet the minimum requirements, with Handicaps Network Africa supervising the process,” explained GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn.

“We will be utilising a random number generator to draw the names, and the draw will be overseen by members of the GolfRSA Executive and senior management. Once the list of names has been generated, the winners will be contacted by GolfRSA to verify, and confirm their ability to attend the event in Liverpool. We will then officially announce the two South Africans that will be representing us for the first time at The R&A 9 Hole Challenge Final.”

Golfers still have a couple of days to make the 30 April deadline.

To enter the lucky draw, play and register three 9-hole rounds of golf on the Handicaps Network Africa (HNA) system however, only golfers who comply with the criteria below will be eligible:

  • GolfRSA affiliated member with a handicap with HNA
  • South African citizen / passport holder
  • Adult of over 18 years of age
  • Played 3 rounds of 9 holes of golf in the month of April at any club in South Africa, with scores captured on the HNA system

“For next year’s GolfRSA Race to The R&A 9 Hole Challenge, golfers will have the chance to play their way into The R&A 9-Hole Challenge Final through a series of qualifying events,” Hepburn said.

“Each club in South Africa will run their own internal competition or series to pick their top club pair to represent the club in the GolfRSA Race to The R&A 9 Hole Challenge. Club pairs will play in regional tournaments, with the regional winners going to a national final in the month of April. The final winners will represent South Africa at The R&A 9 Hole Challenge Final in 2024 at Royal Troon in Scotland.

“I encourage all our handicapped golfers to take up this wonderful a wonderful opportunity – contact your club for more information or download the full tournament info and conditions below and make sure you are in the draw for this incredible prize by playing and registering your three 9-hole rounds as soon as possible.”

GolfRSA Race to the R&A 9 Hole Challenge at Royal Liverpool