· Winners come from South Africa and Thailand
· World finale in Sydney with 51 teams from 44 nations
· A total of almost 80,000 participants in 730 qualification tournaments
INGOLSTADT, Germany, Dec 18, 2009 - From A like Australia to U like Uruguay: At the world finale of the Audi quattro Cup in Sydney the best amateur golfers from 44 nations played for victory in the prestigious tournament that was staged for as much as the 19th time in 2009. For four days, the New South Wales Golf Club provided the setting for a thrilling close of the season.
Two rounds, each across 18 holes, determined the winners of the 2009 edition of the golfing classic. Brand van der Walt and Roy van Blerk from South Africa (group A, team handicap 5,0) as well as Narongrit Jatuweerawong and Narintanarat Kumtean from Thailand (group B, team handicap 14,0) prevailed against their international competitors in Down Under. The two German teams who had won the German finale in Bad Griesbach at the end of September finished in places 20 (group A) and 19 (group B).
The world finale again marked the conclusion of a long and thrilling season this year that fascinated almost 80 000 participants around the globe. In a total of 730 qualification tournaments the amateur golfers had played at the invitation of regional Audi partners, qualifying in 46 national contests for the season’s culmination in Australia. The competitions included golfers from Europe as well as from Indonesia, China, South Africa or Canada.
Aside from the rounds on one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses and the fight for the honor of claiming victory in the tournament, the guests on and off the green experienced a spectacular program that included, for example, a golf clinic. In addition, Audi had arranged excursions to the famous Sydney Opera House, the Taronga Zoo or a boat tour along the fascinating port city’s sky line to complement the tournament.
Next year, the Audi quattro Cup that was incepted in 1991 will celebrate a special anniversary with its 20th edition. From 51 tournaments with 6 000 participants in Germany in its debut year, the Cup has evolved into the world’s biggest and most popular series for amateur golfers. And this trend remains unbroken: the first registrations have already been received for the next season that will start next spring and end with the finale on the island of Sardinia. The tournament series is one of the highlights of AUDI AG’s commitment in golf. In addition to promoting amateur sport, it will again include the part of Presenting Sponsor of the ”HypoVereinsbank Ladies German Open” next year.
In addition, Audi is pursuing an ambitious goal: the brand aims to see the Ryder Cup being staged in Germany in 2018 for the first time since the Cup’s debut in 1927. Audi supports the bid by the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds in Neuburg an der Donau for hosting the world’s most prestigious golf tournament. Other countries besides Germany that have submitted bids are Spain, Portugal, France, the Netherlands and Sweden. The decision of who will host the 2018 Cup will be made in April 2011.