Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open returns to Ibaraki Country Club

Wed 21 Aug 2013

Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open returns to Ibaraki Country Club

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Osaka, Japan, August 21: The Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open will make a return to the Ibaraki Country Club when the 150 million Yen (approximately US$1.48 million) showpiece is held from September 26 to 29, 2013.
The Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour for the sixth straight season and the event is poised to attract a stellar field including defending champion Masanori Kobayashi of Japan.
The highly acclaimed Ibaraki Country Club, situated in Osaka, was the first venue for the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open when the event was launched as a co-sanctioned event in 2008. Japan’s Hideto Tanihara won the inaugural tournament.
Since then, the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open has welcomed many other worthy champions including Japan’s Daisuke Maruyama (2009) and Tetsuji Hiratsuka (2011) and Brendan Jones (2010) of Australia.
Kobayashi capped a sensational victory last year when he shot a superb final round of nine-under-par 62 to win his first Asian Tour title in his rookie year. He went on to finish fourth on the Order of Merit and was voted as the Asian Tour Rookie of the Year.
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han saluted the support from Panasonic, which is also the title sponsor for the Panasonic Open India that was won by Wade Ormsby of Australia in April.
“On behalf of the Asian Tour, I would like to thank Panasonic for their continued support to grow the game of golf in the region. The Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open has featured prominently on the Asian Tour’s Schedule since 2008 and we are delighted to work closely with the Japan Golf Tour, Japan Golf Association and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation to ensure the event’s success,” said Han.
“The Asian Tour is celebrating our 10th season this year and through the years, the Tour has grown tremendously. Our members have enjoyed success on many levels and we are confident the Asian Tour will achieve more growth in the years to come.”
Japan Golf Tour Chairman Katsuji Ebisawa said: “The Japan Golf Tour is thrilled to work with the Asian Tour to ensure the continued success of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open. I would like to express my gratitude to the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, Japan Golf Association and Panasonic Corporation for hosting this event which will attract the best golfers from Japan and the Asian Tour.”
The Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open will play a critical part in the Asian Tour Order of Merit race where Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, who is expected to play in the event, currently leads the rankings. The winner of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open will also earn an invitation to the WGC-HSBC Champions in October.
The prestigious event is hosted by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, Panasonic Corporation and Japan Golf Association.
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About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf