IT'S MORE THAN JUST GOLF.
The 11th Jack Nicklaus International Invitational culminated with the Tournament of Champions on June 3, 2017. The tournament's ultimate event was played on the Nicklaus designed New Albany Country Club outside of Columbus, Ohio USA. Teams from four countries qualified to play for their country in the international final.
An award-winning duo of actors and golf enthusiasts from the Philippines, John Estrada and Derek Ramsay, won the competition with a net 15-under score. They held off a valiant effort by the Indonesian team of Edwin Abeng and Pedro Limardo, who played the back nine 6-under par to finish with a net 10-under score. The five-stroke difference doesn’t reflect how close the challenge was for the Filipino movie stars. Ramsay sank two clutch birdie putts from 15-feet on 16 and 17 to hold off the Indonesian charge.
FINAL RESULTS (36-HOLE NET)
- PHILIPPINES // John Estrada & Derek Ramsay (129)
- INDONESIA // Edwin Abeng & Pedro Limardo (134)
- SOUTH KOREA // In Beom Lee & Ki Nam Cho (144)
- ITALY // Alessandro Ricotti & Davide Zazzali (155)
The week-long festivities at the international final Tournament of Champions kicks off with a welcome reception where guests from around the world meet each other for the first time, and culminates at the end of the week with the Champions Dinner at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. The camaraderie and friendships that evolve are a testament to the spirit of the game and it's greatest ambassador, Jack Nicklaus.
The JNII is Jack's tournament for the recreational golfer. It is held concurrent to the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, founded by Jack in 1976 and hosted on the famed Muirfield Village Golf Club. After completing their competition at the Nicklaus-designed New Albany Country Club, JNII guests have a chance to watch the world's best players at The Memorial Tournament. The experience begins on the range at Muirfield Village with Jack during his clinic with PGA Tour players and ends with a private audience with the Golden Bear himself.