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2011 WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2011 World Club Championship (WCC) came to an end after its five-day schedule. The 2011 WCC that opened in Club Nine Bridges from the 16th to the 20th of May ended with the Durban Country Club from South Africa winning the championships.

In 2002 the WCC was the first to be created in the world to create a global community amongst the prestigious golf clubs and to commend the amateur golf spirit. This year’s competition, which is the eighth of its kind, held the opening ceremony in Haesley’s ‘Sister Club’ had especially more meaning to the cause.

The WCC, which in its first year had only 18 clubs from 6 different countries – the U.S., the U.K., Scotland, Scotland, Australia, and Korea – now has 20 clubs from 15 different countries with 40 participating golfers. The participating clubs included the champions from the previous WCC, the U.S.’s LA CC, and the World’s number one course, U.S. Pine Valley, Australia’s Royal Malvern, Scotland’s Royal Troon, England’s Royal St. Georges, Spain’s Valderrama, Japan’s Naruo, etc. – the clubs that were selected with the World’s Best 100 Courses – and the golf clubs that helped the development of amateur golf were invited as well.

Starting from the 2011 WCC, the way of game play rules changed so that there were two preliminary rounds with four ball strokes that chose four teams that were chosen to be the semi finalists that played off for the championships. On the other hand, the other 16 teams decided their ranks in the Chairman’s Division so that the winning club of the division could win an automatic slot for the following year’s WCC.

In this year’s WCC many high ranking golf officials attended, heightening the reputation and size of the WCC from those of the previous years.

[2011. 5. 16 The First Day of the Competition]
The first day of the 2011 WCC opened in Kyungido Yeoju Haesley Golf Center with an Am-Am Tournament. One club member from Club Haesley and Club Nine Bridges were divided into teams with club members from different countries so that they could share intimacy and friendship. This competition’s winner was the four golfers from China’s Pine Valley Club champions and the Haesley Club champions. After the round, the opening dinner that stated the beginning of the WCC took place and the members from each country exchanged greetings for meeting again after two years. The pick of the evening was when the singer Woo Jung-Hoon came and sang the WCC Song, which was released for the first time the same year.

[2011. 5. 17. The Second Day of the Competition]
The second day of the competition provided a practice game at the golf course where the real competition would take place, in Jeju Island Club Nine Bridges. Even though it was just a practice game, the champions from different clubs and countries showed prowess that would appear just in the real game, providing a expectation for a exciting game in the days to come.

[2011. 5. 18. The Third Day of the Competition]
The opening ceremony started in the morning with the traditional wind band of Korea. Following the performance where the members of the previous year’s championship club LA CC gave the WCC Trophy back to the WCC was the naming the golfers of each club. The ceremony ended with the Jeju Provincial Arts Organization performing a beautiful traditional Korean fan-dance. In the afternoon, the first preliminary round was played with a four ball stroke play. The game finished with the amazing results with nine teams finishing with under-par. The two members of South Africa’s Durban Club – which is the furthest country from Korea – rose as the favorites to win when they scored 63 strokes, which was 5 strokes lower than that of the second place U.S.’s Winged Foot Club.

[2011. 5. 19. The Fourth Day of the Competition]
On the morning of the fourth day of the competition was the second preliminary round. The scores from the first preliminary round from the previous day were combined with that of the second to select those who would go on to the Semi-Finals. As expected, the South Africa’s Durban Club went up to the Semi-Finals with the combined score of 131 strokes. Following were the North Ireland’s Royal Port Rush with 138 strokes, and the U.S.’s Seminole and LA CC each having scored 139 strokes – all receiving the tickets to the Semi-Finals. The player of the Seminole’s Club Champion was 2009 U.S.’s Pine Valley Club Champion, and the others who played all attracted eyes from different clubs.
In the afternoon the semi-finalists had a match play; however, due to the member’s careful plays the match-play did not come to an end and was postponed to the following day.

[2011. 5. 20 The Last Day of the Competition]
The last day of the competition was started with the follow-up of the four clubs’ match-play that was unable to finish the previous day to decide the finalists. The Durban Club from South Africa came on top of the U.S.’s Seminole and the Northern Ireland’s Port Rush was able to defeat the U.S.’s LA CC; thus, making the finalists the Durban Club and Port Rush to decide the championships in the final match play. Meanwhile, in the Second League – the Chairman’s Division – the prestigious Australia’s Royal Malvern won first place, providing them a slot for the following year’s WCC. Though the Jeju Club Nine Bridges and the Haesley club members gave their best shots, they were unable to receive good results.

The final match play ended unexpectedly quickly. The South Africa’s Durban Club Champions were able to win the Northern Ireland’s Royal Port Rush in the 2nd half 6th hole through receiving 4 under pars. The two prestigious American clubs’ match play for the 3rd and 4th place also was interesting. The two teams both kept their focus even until the 2nd half 17th hole due to All-Square. In the final 18th hole it seemed as if the Seminole golfers seemed to succeed in the in putting, yet the miss putt made them go to an extension. After one extension, the Seminole Club was able to win the LA CC. With this the 5 days of the 2011 WCC schedule ended. The hosting of the WCC changes annually and in 2012, the WCC will be opened in Mexico’s Diamante Golf Club.

Meeting the 10th Anniversary of Opening, Club Nine Bridges were able to show globally to the golf officials and golfers around the world of that they were a world prestigious golf club with their well-kept course, great facility, and great service, along with Korean culture through the 2011 WCC.

WCC Participant countries and clubs
2011 WCC Participant countries and clubs
Participant countries club name world rank
Australia Royal Melbourne GC 14th
Canada St. George’s G&CC 89th
China Reignwood Pine Valley GC
England Royal St. George’s GC 34th
Sunningdale GC
France Morfontaine GC 54th
Ireland Lahinch GC 44th
Japan Naruo GC 99th
Mexico Diamante GC -
Northern Ireland Royal Portrush GC 13th
Portugal Oitavos Dunes 88th
Scotland Royal Troon GC 48th
South Africa Durban CC 94th
South Korea The Club at Nine Bridges 55th
Haesley Nine Bridges -
Spain Valderamma GC 76th
United States Los Angeles CC 52th
Pine Valley GC 1st
Seminole GC 21th
Winged Foot GC 23th
photo sketch
  • 2011 wcc, the 1st photo
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