Sentosa, Singapore, October 30: The Asian Tour will sanction its first event in China in nine years with the Asian Golf Championship set to make its debut at the Kaikou Golf Club in Xiamen, Fujian Province from November 30 to December 3.
This is the first event following the historic strategic partnership signed between the Asian Tour and China Golf Association (CGA) in March. The tournament will be promoted and operated by Beijing based promoter CGD (Beijing) Sports Industry Co., Ltd (CGDs).
With a prize purse of US$350,000, the Asian Golf Championship will be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and CGA with a field breakdown of 56 Asian Tour professionals, 48 China Tour professionals and four special invitations.
The Asian Golf Championship will also welcome Rolex as the official Timekeeper for the tournament and is part of the Asian Tour’s strategic partnership with the CGA where the goal is to grow and develop professional golf in the region.
Golfers from the China Tour will be eligible to take up associate memberships with the Asian Tour, with the top-five non-exempt players from the China Tour Order of Merit receiving spots into the Final Stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2018.
The winner of the Asian Golf Championship will earn exemption on the Asian Tour under the winner’s category and for Chinese professionals, their earnings will count towards the Asian Tour Order of Merit and China Tour Order of Merit.
Pang Zheng, CGA Deputy Secretary General, is looking forward to the start of the Asian Golf Championship. “The co-sanction of Asian Golf Championship is a new opportunity for both China golf and the growth of the game of golf in Asia. It will be a great tournament and a truly competitive one for golf fans to enjoy.
“I would like to thank our partners from Asian Tour, Fujian Golf Association and CGDs for putting up the golf championship together and I would like to wish all players the very best as they challenge for the title,” said Pang.
Asian Tour CEO Josh Burack hailed the return of the Asian Tour to China as he believes it is an important step forward for professional golf in China and for men’s golf across Asia as a whole.
“The launch of the Asian Golf Championship is a significant development for professional golf in Asia. Our strategic partnership with the CGA is a game changer as the creation of tournaments like the Asian Golf Championship 2017 will greatly enhance playing opportunities for the many talented players from China and the Asian Tour members who will compete against them.
“A new chapter for Asian golf is ready to be written and we look forward to the start of the Asian Golf Championship 2017 as our Asian Tour members are excited to tee off in China again,” said Burack.
China Tour-Regular Season CEO Ouyang Wen is also pleased to promote and operate the China Tour and Asian Tour co-sanctioned tournament as it represents a significant milestone for both Tours.
“This new tournament not only completes our 2017 season but also opens up the door for China Tour professional golfers as we seek a more sustainable way of cooperating with other leading international Tours.
“Thanks to the great support from CGA, Asian Tour, Fujian Golf Association, Kaikou Golf Club and all tournament sponsors, the Asian Golf Championship will attract the best players from all over the world and is set to become an iconic event in sports industry which also is a good reflection of China’s Road and Belt Initiative,” said Wen.
About Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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About China Tour
Governed by the General Administration of Sports of China, the Multi-Ball Administration Center and China Golf Association, the China Tour is the only Chinese men’s professional golf tour in China. The Tour is open for professional golfers from all over the world. With three qualification tournaments held before the season, the Tour offers fair playing eligibility and over 15 official money tournaments competing opportunities in 2017. The China Tour is comprised of regular season events (minimum 12 independently sanctioned events) and co-sanctioned events, e.g. Hainan Open, Foshan Open, and Asian Golf Championship. CGDs is the exclusive promoter, operator and organizer of the China Tour – Regular Season. The official strategic partners of China Tour – Regular Season include Pure Pu’Er Tea (Official Pu’Er Tea), Maserati (Official Courtesy Car), Oscar Jacobson (Official Apparel Sponsor), etc.
Pang Zheng, CGA Deputy Secretary General, is looking forward to the start of the Asian Golf Championship.
“The co-sanction of Asian Golf Championship is a new opportunity for both China golf and the growth of the game of golf in Asia. It will be a great tournament and a truly competitive one for golf fans to enjoy.