THE Audi quattro Cup, one of the world’s largest amateur tournaments has long been the highlight and privilege of Audi owning golfers around the globe.
Since its inception in 1996, it has surged from a modest 6,000 participants to almost 100,000 participants worldwide competing in teams of two in over 750 tournaments across 47 countries around the world.
This year the Audi quattro Cup world final was held at the famed Quivira Golf Club, overlooking the picturesque coast of Los Cabos in Mexico.
A signature course designed by legend Jack Nicklaus, the Quivira Golf Club sits on granite cliffs and dune ridges along the Baja Peninsula where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. The backdrop is also breath-taking, with the sight of humpback whales breaching the ocean’s surface a common occurrence. Participants also enjoyed the stay at the luxurious Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, located on a pristine beachfront just besides the golf course and the perfect sanctuary after a competitive day’s golf.
With a stellar line-up comprising the winning teams from each of the Audi quattro Cup national tournaments held in their respective countries, this year’s world final proved a telling display of powerful drives, unerring precision and immaculate finishing.
After two Stableford rounds Kinji Sano and Yuji Sano from Japan won Group A, and Karol Konárik and Tomás Luciak of Slovakia clinched Group B.
Given the standard of competition in this international field it was never going to be an easy task and the results went down to the wire in both groups.
Team Japan took Group A by the narrowest of margins – a clutch putt on the 18th green seeing off a strong mixed British team with 77 points.
The Malaysian team of Jeremy Lim and Kenneth Lim managed a respectable 8th place finish out of 24 in the group. They had a points tally of 62.
If anyone thought the Group A finish was dramatic, they were in for a surprise as the Group B climax was even a closer fought battle. Slovakia and India were tied after two rounds with an impressive 84 points each and the event went to a playoff, where Konárik buried a birdie putt to secure the win.
But even that was not all as two other players hit the perfect shot for a hole-in-one. Esteban Guerreros from Paraguay and Sweden’s Michael Clarin will forever remember the world final as they both aced the “lucky” 13th hole on the celebrated course.
Speaking after returning from the world final, Kenneth Lim, one half of the Malaysian pair flying the Jalur Gemilang in Mexuco, said: “Jeremy and I participated in the Malaysian qualifiers of the Audi quattro Cup for the past seven years and it’s been an amazing and unforgettable experience to go to Mexico, and compete with players from across the globe.
“We may not have won, but I am personally very happy that we were able to put up a good fight and compete with some of the best golfers I have ever played with.”
The Malaysian representatives to the world final were selected from the seventh edition of the Malaysia final, where 120 Audi owners battled it out for the honours at the Mines Resort & Golf Club.
With the distinction of being the only tournament in Malaysia to offer four luxury vehicles as a hole-in-one prize, the competition at the national final was always going to be stiff, and that’s just how it turned out to be.
With 49 points giving them a commanding victory, Jeremy Lim and Kenneth Lim won the all-expenses paid trip to the world final, along with golf equipment and golf bags from TaylorMade, and golf wear from Hugo Boss.
This year’s Malaysian event also saw the introduction of the Audi quattro Cup – Drive Day, where all golfers (Audi owners or not) had a chance to experience Audi hospitality.
It also featured the Audi Drive Weekend, a fun two days out for the whole family, with vehicle test drives, physical challenges as well as healthy snacks and drinks for non-golfers, and a wide selection of activities and games for the children.
More than just a golf tournament, the Malaysian tournament also saw the donation of funds collected from the entry fees and the sale of selected merchandise to Audi Malaysia’s #derSchnurrbart movement.
Loosely translated as ‘the Moustache’ in German, the #derSchnurrbart initiative aims to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues.
With this in mind, the 2017 Audi quattro Cup raised more than RM100,000 for the worthy cause.
Unsurprisingly, the Audi quattro Cup has continued to push the boundaries of the amateur golf tournaments, becoming the benchmark of tournaments both on a global scale as well as right here in Malaysia.
The national final of this year’s tournament was also marked by the participation of sponsors who included Maybank, Breitling, Leica, Qatar Airways, TaylorMade, Hugo Boss, Kiehl’s and the St. Regis in Langkawi, Perak.