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The BMW Golf Cup International Germany.


The BMW Golf Cup International Germany.

A success story.The BMW Golf Cup International Germany.

2016 was a milestone season: it marked the 30th year that the BMW Golf Cup International had been played in Germany. The success story of what is today the largest international tournament series for amateur golfers, began in 1987, two years before BMW became involved in professional golf with the inaugural BMW International Open.


After three rounds and more than 100 tournaments, the 2016 BMW Golf Cup International had its winners. Back at the beginning of October, the German final, held at Golfclub Budersand on Sylt, determined which four amateurs would represent Germany at the World Final. The highlight of the largest international tournament series for amateur golfers was held from 5th to 10th March 2017 in Dubai – the second time the Arab Emirate had hosted the World Final, the first being in 1998. It is here that the national winners from roughly 50 countries gathered to contest the overall victory at the Emirates Golf Club. The world finalists and their guests were put up in the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah hotel.


The four amateurs who earned this unique golf experience on Sylt were Claudia Croy, Rainer Jeske, Gerhard Lührmann and Manuel Alvarez, who emerged victorious at the demanding links course in their handicap classes, which were played out in match play format.


Each of the two amateurs who had qualified from the second round, one of the two regional finals in Munich, went head to head. In total, roughly 10,000 people had participated in the BMW Golf Cup International in Germany.


While there was a clear winner in the Ladies competition – Croy defeated Doris Schlösser 7&5 – the remaining three duels went down to the wire. Jeske had to wait until the 18th hole to seal victory over Christian Flöttmann in the Men’s B category, eventually winning 2-up. In both the Men’s B and the special C category, it took a play-off hole to determine a winner. Both Lührmann and Alvarez had fought back to force a play-off, before holding their nerve and getting that little bit of luck they needed to clinch the win on the 19th hole. The international regulations meant Alvarez was unable to participate in the World Final as the winner of the special C category, but he did travel to Dubai as a guest.


Qualification for the World Final of the BMW Golf Cup International begins in Germany with participation in one of more than 100 qualifying tournaments (18 holes of singles, Stableford, according to rule 32-1b), organised by a BMW branch/BMW dealership in cooperation with a local golf club. The nett winners from each of the handicap classes qualify for one of the two regional finals in Munich.


Team Germany is then determined in match play format at the subsequent Germany final. They go on to compete against opponents from roughly 50 countries at the World Final.


The next season begins in May 2017. As soon as the tournament schedule is finalised, it will be published here.


Below, you will find the regulations for the 2016 season of the BMW Golf Cup International, as a guide. It is possible that changes will be made for the 2017 season. The is subject to the official rules of golf (including the rules of amateur status) of the German Golf Association (DGV) and the course rules of the respective golf club. The competition is held according to the DGV handicap system. Handicaps apply in the qualification tournaments and the regional finals. There are four categories: Men’s A (up to handicap 12.4), Men’s B (handicap 12.5 to 28.4), Ladies (up to handicap 28.4) and the special class C (handicap 28.5 to 36.0), in which players with a higher handicap (up to 45.0) may also take part, but are assigned a handicap of 36.0. 


Amateurs who are members of a club affiliated with the DGV or respective national association, and who are over the age of 21 on the day of their qualification match are also eligible to play. Employees of BMW AG and companies belonging to the BMW trade organisation, and their relatives, may play in the qualification tournaments, but are not classified.


Results of at least five handicap rounds from the current season must be available in order to qualify for the Germany final as nett winner. The rounds must be played before competing in the regional final. The handicap rounds played during the regional final do not count.


At each qualification tournament, the best-placed player in the nett standings in the Men’s A, Men’s B, Ladies and special class C qualify for one of the two regional finals. Due to the large number of qualification events, two of these tournaments are held in Germany.


The nett winners of the four handicap classes progress to the next round: the Germany final. The respective winners of the two regional finals go head to head in 18 holes of match play format. The winners of the Men’s A, Men’s B and Ladies classes form “Team Germany” at the World Final in the spring of 2018.


Due to the international regulations, the winners of special class C are unable to qualify for the World Final. However, they may travel as guests.


Players who have already played in a World Final may not qualify again for a regional final, the Germany final or the World Final.


Titleist Golf Cup


Partner of the BMW Golf Cup International in Germany.

Titleist and FootJoy are names known by every golfer around the world. These brands belong to the largest American manufacturer of golf equipment, Acushnet – the number one company in the field of golf. Acushnet manufactures and distributes golf balls, clubs, shoes, clothing, bags, and other golf accessories. 

The German subsidiary, with its headquarters in Limburg, is responsible for sales in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Hungary.

As supplier to the BMW Golf Cup International in Germany, Titleist provides high-quality balls and specialist prizes.


BoConcept Golf Cup


BoConcept is the official design furniture partner of the 2017 BMW Golf Cup International tournament series. BoConcept and BMW have enjoyed a long collaboration in professional golf, and this has now been extended to incorporate the amateur golf scene.
Urban lifestyle, elegance and a sense of style are three characteristics shared by BoConcept and golf. With this commitment, BoConcept is underlining its image as a high-class, individual urban design brand.

BoConcept has been combining Danish furniture design with urban influences since 1952. With over 300 stores in more than 60 countries, including 34 stores in central locations in Germany, BoConcept is renowned for modern and functional interior design. The style is Nordic simplicity, without appearing too cold, and has been instrumental in shaping design trends in the areas of home and lifestyle for decades. Danish design furniture, customised home solutions and a team of passionate interior consultants – that is what makes BoConcept so special. 


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