ISPS HANDA to title sponsor World Cup of Golf

Melbourne, Victoria, AUS, September 11: The International Federation of PGA Tours today announced International Sports Promotion Society, ISPS, as the new title sponsor for the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, to be played at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club from November 21-24, 2013.

The ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf will showcase Victoria to approximately 800 million homes in more than 200 countries and territories as the best players in the world from more than 30 countries will come to Royal Melbourne to represent their countries.

“ISPS is delighted to become title sponsor of this exciting major global event,” said ISPS’ Founder and Chairman Dr. Haruhisa Handa. “At ISPS we believe in the ‘Power of Sport’, its unique ability to create hope; to breakdown educational and cultural barriers; and to inspire people in a way that very little else does. For this reason, ISPS has a long history of supporting golf globally with a specific commitment to raising the profile of blind and disabled golf. Our ultimate mission is for golf to become a Paralympic sport. There is a great synergy with the World Cup of Golf embracing the same format and eligibility when golf returns to the Olympic programme in Rio 2016.”

Dr. Handa established the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) in 1998 and through ISPS recently initiated the ISPS HANDA PGA Academy Programme in the UK, which delivered more than 1,000 lessons from PGA professionals to blind and disabled golfers in 2012.

Royal MelbourneMinister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher congratulated organisers of the World Cup of Golf for securing ISPS Handa as its major sponsor for this year’s event.

“The 2013 World Cup of Golf is estimated to create between $25 million to $30 million in economic benefit to Victoria and will attract up to 9,000 interstate and international visitors,” Ms. Asher said.

On behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia recognised the association of ISPS HANDA, a company that has a strong history of supporting golf in Australia and globally.

“I would like to thank Dr Handa and ISPS HANDA for their generous support of golf not only in Australia but around the World,” said Mr Thorburn. “A fitting partnership, the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf will unite golf globally and we are looking forward to welcoming the international golf community to Melbourne.”

The tournament was founded by the International Golf Association in association with industrialist John Jay Hopkins for the purpose of promoting international goodwill through golf. It began in 1953 as the Canada Cup and was renamed World Cup in 1967.

The 2013 World Cup will be the 57th staging of this event, which has seen all of the greats of the game lift the prestigious trophy. The roll of honour from the World Cup reads like a who’s who of golf. Great names such as Snead, Hogan, Nicklaus, Palmer, Trevino, Faldo, Ballesteros, Langer, Woods, Els and Montgomerie have all been able to call themselves World Champions.

“The International Golf Association is extremely pleased that ISPS HANDA will title sponsor the 2013 World Cup of Golf.  Since 1953, when it founded the World Cup, the International Golf Association has utilized the World Cup as a way to promote international goodwill through golf,” said Jon Linen, Chairman of the International Golf Association. “Certainly, the goal and mission of ISPS HANDA is absolutely consistent with that of the International Golf Association.”

The ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf will be promoted by IMG and Senior Vice President, Global Managing Director – IMG Golf, Guy Kinnings remarked: “We are delighted to welcome ISPS HANDA as the naming rights partner.  On behalf of IMG, I would like to extend our thanks for their invaluable support and for everything they do to promote golf around the globe.”

Tickets to witness the world class event are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.com.au.

About ISPS

ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Visit www.ispsgolf.com

About Melbourne

Known as one of the world’s most liveable cities, it’s Melbourne’s sophisticated, yet edgy style combined with super-friendly people that gives the city its personality. With an impressive calendar of high profile international events, including The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and The Australian Open Tennis Championships, Melbourne is a leader in staging major events and providing a world-class welcome to international visitors.

With inner-city precincts ranging from the infamous city centre laneways to the beachy, bayside chic of the south and eclectic northside cool – Melbourne is a city of constant discovery where fashion, food, sport and entertainment, shopping, heritage, the arts and good living all come together to creative a lifestyle envied by many around the world. Food and wine lovers in particular will be in food heaven in gourmet Melbourne. Eating experiences range from award-winning celebrity chef restaurants to farmers markets selling locally sourced wines and fresh produce.

As one of the most compact regions in Australia, Victoria offers a huge variety of landscapes and experiences within a few hours of Melbourne. Whether its deserts, alpine ski resorts, mighty rivers, great lakes, wildlife, or the unparalleled spectacle and beauty of the world renowned Great Ocean Road, Victoria is all about quality experiences.

Many of the state’s regional attractions, including valleys of vineyards and international surf beaches, are less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne. But with more time to spare, the entire state offers a variety of scenic routes ideal for self-drive and personalised tours.

About the International Federation of PGA Tours

The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999, while the Canadian Tour and the Tour de las Americas joined the Federation as associate members in 2000 and 2007, respectively.

In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

About the International Golf Association

The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956.  IGA is governed by its seven-member Board of Directors.  Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman.  Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2013 return of the World Cup to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, one of the world’s greatest golf venues.

About IMG

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