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Hippo offer is one in a million

12.10am 4th March 2005 - Corporate

A possible £1m-worth of golf equipment is up for grabs for golfers across the country thanks to a mega deal between a golf tournament and a club manufacturer.
The International Pairs, the biggest tournament in the world for club golfers, has joined forces with golf manufacturer Hippo to give a club to every single person who plays in the tournament – that could be as many as 25,000 golfers across England, Scotland and Wales – and each is eligible to claim their FREE club.
The special Hippo 60° lob wedge, worth £39.95, can then become the prized possession of anyone who competes in this year’s competition – on payment of a small charge to cover postage and packaging.
And for each club sent out to International Pairs competitors the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme receives a 25p donation – so participants are effectively playing for charity as well.
Chester Hunt, owner of Hippo, said, “I am delighted that Hippo and the International Pairs are getting together to promote our clubs to so many golfers. We also hope such a promotion will actively encourage people to take up the sport.
“The International Pairs is a unique tournament which gives golfers the unrivalled chance to compete on a national and international level. Hippo is very pleased to be associated with what is the biggest tournament of its kind – and also to provide the highest quality equipment to its competitors.”
Ross Honey, chairman and founder of the International Pairs, said, “This offer makes what was already tremendous value for money even better. You pay a £5 entry fee for the competition and get a £40 golf club – no one can deny that it is a bargain.”
The International Pairs is now in its seventh year. Originally a regional golf tournament held to celebrate the millennium in the south of England, the tournament has grown beyond all expectations. It is now the biggest event for club golfers in the world, with tens of thousands of competitors at hundreds of golf clubs competing, and last year held its inaugural world final.
Despite its tremendous growth the International Pairs has retained the same entry price since its conception, just £5 – representing extraordinary value for money. On top of all that, competitors are also entitled to take advantage of myriad special offers from the event’s sponsors and partners – not a bad return for a £5 investment.
Any club can register to hold an International Pairs qualifying event. All you need is 25 pairs and for just £5 per golfer the winning pair’s progression to the semi-finals in Scotland is guaranteed.
In Scotland semi-finalists will be treated to a gala reception. This is on top of complimentary accommodation and golf on one of Scotland’s top courses.
Following the semi-finals the top 40 pairs will progress to the grand final. Those lucky enough to make the cut will travel to the home of golf and the luxurious St Andrews Bay resort, where they will play 36 holes over two days. All of this is included within the original £5 entry fee.
The winners in Scotland will get the unrivalled opportunity to represent their country in the world final. A total of 17 countries competed in last year’s event with competitors travelling from as far afield as America, Australia and even Russia.
This year’s world final will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort, venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup. As well as receiving complimentary accommodation and golf two finalists will also be able to compete in a hole-in-one competition for £1m.
To find out how to register for the 2005 International Pairs call the competition hotline on 08700 330 633; fax (023) 9282 6000 or visit:

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