Asia Pacific Classic set for Asian Tour debut in May

Tue 10 Apr 2018

Asia Pacific Classic set for Asian Tour debut in May

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Zhengzhou, Henan, April 10: The Asian Tour will return to China for the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic, which is slated to take place at the St. Andrews Golf Club in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, from May 17 to 20.

The US$300,000 Asia Pacific Classic, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the China Tour, will be promoted and operated by Beijing based promoter CGD (Beijing) Sports Industry Co., Ltd (CGDs).

The Asia Pacific Classic, which is the Tour’s second stop in China this season, will feature a 156-man field that comprises of 80 Asian Tour professionals and 70 players from the China Golf Association (CGA) and the China Tour, as well as six sponsor invites.

The tournament welcomes Rolex as its Official Timekeeper 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.  

The champion of the Asia Pacific Classic will earn a one-year winner’s exemption on the Asian Tour while China Tour professionals, who join as associate members, will have their earnings counted towards the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings and the China Tour Order of Merit.

Pang Zheng, CGA Secretary-General, hailed the launch of the Asia Pacific Classic.

"The Asia Pacific Classic will present new opportunities for China golf and promote the growth of the game in Asia. It will be a great tournament and a truly competitive one for golf fans to enjoy as the players will do their best to challenge for the title," Pang said.

Asian Tour CEO Josh Burack expressed his deepest appreciation to the host venue, which has been a long-time partner of the CGA.

“The Asian Tour is excited to send our players to Henan Province to compete with the China Tour players at the Asia Pacific Classic.  The St. Andrews Golf Club has been hosting China Tour events for many years, so we are honoured to hold our tournament at their prestigious club which has been such a reliable partner of the CGA and Chinese golf.”

Fan Zhiqiang, Chairman of the St. Andrews Golf Club, is hopeful that the tournament will boost the golf industry in the region.

“We are committed to hosting professional golf tournaments and we will continue to help develop the Chinese golf and as well as sports industry. St. Andrews Golf Club welcomes all players to come and enjoy the hospitality of the Central Plains,” he said.

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About China Tour

China Tour is an independent Tour in the name of the country and governed by China Golf Association. It is a China-based golf tour and open for all international players. It represents the highest development of China's professional golf. Since 2018, it has independently received Official World Golf Ranking points. China Tour is adhering to the idea of "merging the world civilization and spreading the Chinese self-confidence". Cooperating with European Tour, Asian Tour and other international organizations, China Tour is building “The Belt and Road bridge” to help Chinese players to go out and introduce international players into China.

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), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (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.