25 years is a huge milestone. To be precise it is 9,125 days, 219,000 hours and 13,140,000 minutes! If you break it down like that, a quarter of a century is certainly to be celebrated, and that is what the World Corporate Golf Challenge deserves to do.
Behind the WCGC is a dedicated team of business, sports management and entertainment professionals working together to support our licensees, sponsors, players and stakeholders.
Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, we’re a dynamic group of individuals with diverse talents who share a deep respect for the sport of golf and the positive impact it has in business.
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Manuel Piñero (born 1 September 1952) is a Spanish professional golfer.
Manuel turned professional in 1968 and established himself on the European Tour in the early 1970s. He won nine titles on the Tour, the most prestigious of them the 1977 British PGA Championship. He featured in the top ten on the European Tour Order of Merit five times, including back to back fourth places in 1976 and 1977.
Piñero played for Europe in two Ryder Cups. In 1981 he defeated Jerry Pate 2 & 1 in his singles match. In 1985 he claimed four points out of five for the team which captured the trophy from the United States for the first time since 1957, defeating Lanny Wadkins 3 & 1 in singles. He was also a member of Spain’s two man team at the World Cup of Golf nine times, collecting the team title in 1976 and 1982. On the latter occasion he also won the individual title.
In 1991, 1993 and 1995 Manuel Pinero was European Vice Captain in the Ryder Cup.
Since turning fifty in 2002 Piñero has played on the European Seniors Tour.
Manuel Piñero’s Achievements
The list of achievements of “Manolo” is one of the most complete amongst European players, with a total of 21 national and international victories:
1974, Madrid Open
1976, Swiss Open
1977, Penfold PGA Championship
1980, Mazda Cars English Classic
1981, Madrid Open, Swiss Open
1982, European Open Championship, Individual World Cup
1985, Cepsa Madrid Open, Italian Open
1981, 1985, Ryder Cup
1991, 1993, 1995, Ryder Cup Vice Captain
1976, World Cup with Seve Ballesteros
1982, World Cup with José Mª Cañizares
National Spanish Champion
Spanish Champion: 1973, 1974, 1983, 1984, 1989
Spanish Doubles Champion: 1976 with Salvador Balbuena, 1984 with Antonio Garrido and 1985 with his brother Alfonso.
Born in Irvine to English parents – his father worked in Greenock for IBM – Simon Holmes spent his adolescent summers playing golf at Helensburgh, where he is still a member, before setting out for America and Wake Forest University in North Carolina. A decent player, Holmes was good enough to twice reach the last 16 of the Scottish Amateur Championship and hold a handicap of plus two.
It is in Golf Coaching, however, where Simon Holmes found his niche, first as an assistant to David Leadbetter, then as a sole practitioner. Simon worked with David Leadbetter from 1988 to 1992, where at the time, Leadbetter coached the who’s who of world golf including Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Bernhard Langer, and Simon worked with them all.
During the Summers of 1991 and 1992 Simon spent most of the year with Nick Faldo going to most events he was playing in and it was at the end of 1992 where Simon decided to go it alone after coaching Langer independently of his work with Leadbetter.
In 1993 Simon went on to coach Nick Faldo who won the ’93 Johnnie Walker Classic, Bernhard Langer when he won the Masters, Anders Forsbrand and Barry Lane. He also had four players in the 1993 Ryder Cup side – Langer, Seve Ballesteros, Barry Lane and Joakim Haeggman. To date Simon has coached over 80 tournament professionals that have won together over 50 titles and 2 majors. These include:
Retief Goosen, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Robert Karlsson, Soren Hansen, Jasper Parnevik, Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood, Barry Lane, Mark McNulty, Nick Faldo, Joakim Haeggman, Geoff Ogilvy, Tony Johnstone, Darren Fichart, David Carter, Jeremy Robinson, Anders Forsbrand, Peter Fowler, Roger Chapman, Gordon Brand Jnr, Mark Roe, Jean Van der Velde, Marc Farry, Per Ulrik Johansson, Roger Winchester, Mark James, Seve Ballesteros, Mark Davis, Brian Marchbank, Mike Hulbert, Derrick Cooper, Nick Price, Curtis Strange, Ian Poulter, Severiano Ballesteros, Bob Tway, Stephan Ames, Padraig Harrington, Richard Green, Trevor Immelman, Peter Hanson, Constantino Rocca, Jamie Spence, and Suzann Pettersen.
Trick Shot King
“The World Corporate Golf Challenge is one of my favourite events since it brings business people together from all around the globe to play golf and network. It is beautifully hosted and the great thing is that any company can enter and become World Corporate Golf Champions.”
Jeremy Dale is the UK’s most innovative trick shot artist and has been ranked as high as number two in the world. His shows have to be seen to believed since Jeremy is a completely ambidextrous golfer able to hit both left and right handed. In 2005 he finished runner up at the World Golf Trick-Shot Championships and he has now entertained golfers in over 30 countries.
Ronan Rafferty (Newry, January 13, 1964) is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland, who won in 1989 the Order of Merit on the European Tour and currently is involved in golf broadcasting, working as a commentator and analyst , and also designs golf courses.
British Championship winner for children under fifteen, in 1980 tied for first place with Peter McEvoy in the Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship of Tropfeo Brabazon.
The most important achievements of his career, came from 1989 when he won the Ryder Cup and the Order of Merit on the European Tour in the same year.
Winner of seven championships eurpeo circuit and four circuit championships Australasia, Rafferty now playing some tournaments, and is involved in broadcasting, working as a commentator and analyst, is a designer of golf courses and appears regularly on Setanta Golf coverage the PGA Tour.
Golfing World is an exciting new golf TV and multi-media concept created by IMG Media. The programme is 60 minutes in duration, produced 5 days of the week (Monday to Friday), 48 weeks of each year -the most comprehensive daily golf magazine show anywhere in the world.
Golfing World is distributed to international broadcasters globally across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australasia, delivering a worldwide golfing audience of millions. All broadcasters have the flexibility to schedule the programming during day-time or prime-time viewing hours.
Through IMG Media’s unparalleled expertise in sports production and distribution, we are able to deliver a truly unique golfing product that can provide a powerful communication and adaptable marketing platform for sponsors, venues, destinations, manufacturers etc.. to increase key market awareness and reach the valuable golf fan demographic on a global basis.
Time and Fortune Magazines are the official print media partners of the WCGC World Final.
Time is the world’s largest circulation weekly news magazine, and widely regarded as one of the most popular magazines in history.
Fortune is a global business magazine published by Time Inc. The magazine is especially known for its annual features ranking companies by revenue, and is currently published tri-weekly.
Time and Fortune provide the WCGC with coverage throughout the Europe, Middle East, and Africa, reaching a readership of over 1.8 million.
Historically each team who competed in the World Corporate Golf Challenge comprised of four players, one of whom had to work for the company being represented at the event. The remaining players were invited clients of the company or suppliers.
The 2010/11 season saw the change from teams of four to teams of two players. This was in order to accommodate the growth in countries taking part in the WCGC.
Mostly addressing business executives in the age range from 30 – 60 years who work in worldwide businesses. · Top Management CEO – CFO – Managing Director. International Business / Leisure Travellers. Financial Business Decision Makers. · 90% of masculine participation. · In the middle or high middle class with substantial purchasing power.
Industry Sectors Involved
WCGC attracts, SME and Blue Chip companies across all industry sectors including: · Automobiles· Travel Services· Bank and Finance· Telecom System· Computer & Software· Courier Services· Advertising & Marketing· Property Services· Raw Materials / Chemicals· Corporate Services.
World Corporate Golf Challenge expects more than 30 countries that will participate at the 2017 World Final in Cascais, Portugal. But in order to qualify, it is anticipated that Licensees will organise around 150 national qualifying events that attract over 7,500 business executives globally.
Since the events inception in 1993 over 1 million golfers have taken part in the event.
“I am delighted to be involved with the World Corporate Golf Challenge as the global ambassador. It’s a great event for businesses to entertain customers and network with decision makers across a variety of industry sectors both domestically and globally. The event has a great heritage and I am excited about my role in helping to raise the profile of the event and to expanding the tournament into new territories around the world.”
In 1969 Tony became the first British player since Max Faulkner in 1951 to win the British Open at Royal Lytham. One year later, Tony achieved even greater heights when he became the first player since Ben Hogan to hold both the U.S. and British Open titles simultaneously upon his triumph at Hazeltine Golf Club, where he won by 7 clear strokes from his nearest rival, leading from start to finish in challenging weather conditions, leaving the greatest players of the day Tony Jacklin proceeded to attack everything else in life with the same enthusiasm that he had once committed to golf, but it wasn’t long before his passion was reignited. In 1983, Jacklin accepted the role of Ryder Captain, embarking on the next chapter of his golf career.
While Jacklin’s individual record is exemplary, he is perhaps better known for elevating and transforming the Ryder Cup to its current status. Jacklin set the wheels in motion to end the U.S. domination and nearly pulled off an improbable upset in 1983. Losing did not diminish the European team’s competitive spirit; rather it ignited an intense rivalry. In 1985, he was the inspirational non-playing captain for Europe’s first victory in the Ryder Cup in 28 years. The toothy grin on Jacklin’s face as he wrapped his arms around the trophy was almost as big as the Ryder Cup itself.
In 1987, he captained the team that won on American soil for the first time. Persuaded to do a fourth tour of duty in 1989, Jacklin’s team retained the Cup for the first time in its history. His infectious enthusiasm and indomitable spirit energized his team and lifted its confidence.
Today, Tony Jacklin owns the Jacklin Design Group based in Bradenton, Florida, USA operating in the golf course design and development business. Tony Jacklin, as President and CEO of the company, manages a talented and dedicated team of full-time staff and consultant associates, all of whom are experienced in the their fields. The company prides itself on developing long-term mutually beneficial relationship with clients, and with Tony’s personal involvement in every project, clients are assured of the quality of service, attention to detail and professionalism for which Tony Jacklin is respected around the world.