PGA of Canada professional Danny Jackson is providing golf clubs and courses across Ontario the opportunity to host an internationally renowned amateur competition.
As the regional host of International Pairs, Jackson is eager to provide tournament play to avid golfers with handicaps across his home province.
The largest two-person amateur golf tournament in the world uses a two-person, net best ball (Stableford points scoring) system to determine the winners.
“There is nothing more fun and enjoyable than being a part of a team, an event or competition,” said Jackson. “Competition tends to bring out the best in people and their personalities. It gets the juices flowing and the adrenaline rushing. The same can be said for hosting a successful event.”
Only 60 clubs in Ontario will get the opportunity to host an “official” International Pairs qualifying event, with the winning pairs from each of those tournaments making to the September 26 provincial finals at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ont.
The winning duo from the Ontario Final will be rewarded with a trip to play in the World Final, November 14-18 in Spain. Other than making sure to have travel documents and insurance, the trip is courtesy of International Pairs, including flight, accommodations, meals and golf.
For a club or course to host an official event, they will need to first register here and then have a minimum of 50 paid entrants into their home tournament.
The 60 qualifiers and then the Ontario representatives only pay the initial $49 registration fee for the first event.
While the teams are gunning for a trip to Spain are all about the win, Jackson’s goal is to create an atmosphere in which is equal parts competition, fun, and social.
“I get an equal amount of satisfaction hosting a club championship or a charity golf tournament as playing in one,” said Jackson, who has been a PGA of Canada member for over 20 years.
“I will bring this same passion to hosting International Pairs competitions throughout Ontario. I have been extremely fortunate in my career, which has helped forge many friendships on and off the course.” he said.
Proceeds from International Pairs Ontario will be donated to the Kim Jackson Foundation in association with Children’s Foundation of Muskoka.
Jackson’s late wife, Kim Jackson, dedicated her life to teaching, coaching, nurturing and supporting children. The Kim Jackson Foundation will be managed by The Children’s Foundation of Muskoka, a not-for-profit with the sole intent to grant financial aid to children living in Muskoka who are in need.
“I believe that it is important to give back through our communities, especially to programs that have positive impacts on children,” said Jackson. “By supporting this great cause, we’ll be helping give these kids a chance at success.”