Mercuries Taiwan Masters continues to shine with time

Sun 06 Oct 2013

Mercuries Taiwan Masters continues to shine with time

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Tamsui, Chinese Taipei, October 6: Like the Asian Tour which is celebrating its milestone 10th season this year, the Mercuries Taiwan Masters has long been a permanent fixture on the Tour’s schedule since it was established as a player-led organisation in 2004.
Inspired by the Masters Tournament of America, Mercuries Group chairman George Wong set out to create a special golf tournament that would stand the test of time and uphold the tradition of the game of golf
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters was born in 1987 and has been the mainstay on the region’s premier Tour schedule since 2004.
As the Mercuries Taiwan Masters celebrates its 27th edition at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club this year, expectations are once again raised for another successful staging of the storied event.
“The success of the Asian Tour mirrors that of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters. We’ve both grown in stature and it’s always good to welcome the best players from the Asian Tour to Tamsui annually to compete with our local players,” said Wong, whose diversified business interests include finance and insurance, food chain, technology, biochemical and clothing lines.
“Only with stiff competition can players from both domestic and Asian Tour improve. I’m confident that we’ll witness more of such quality competition in the years to come,” added Wong.
Past champions who have emerged victorious at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club include reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Thaworn Wiratchant (2004), Lu Wei-chih (2005 and 2011), Gaurav Ghei (2006), Lu Wen-the (2007 & 2008), Lin Wen-tang (2009), Pariya Junhasavasdik (2010) and Tsai Chi-huang (2012).
While the Mercuries Taiwan Masters holds the distinction of being the richest Asian Tour tournament to be staged in Chinese Taipei, its community outreach efforts have also made it a very popular event for the people in the seaside district located in Northern Chinese Taipei.
“In the past 27 years, we’ve established the Mercuries Taiwan Masters as a very popular event not only for the players but also the community. It has promoted the game of golf well and given the people a chance to understand the sport better,” said Wong.
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters has grown to become a significant annual event for the people in Tamsui where activities including school visits, charity drives and carnivals have led to support and interest for the tournament increasing tenfold over the years.
It will be another three years before golf makes its welcome return to the Olympic games in 2016 but Wong is already anticipating heightened interest with the Mercuries Taiwan Masters playing a key role in stirring up fervent support for the sport.
“We’ll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters when golf makes its return to the Olympic game. I’m confident that through the buzz created by the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, we’ll witness greater interest for golf and mobilize more fans from Chinese Taipei to get involved in the sport,” said Wong.
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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), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), 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.