#TeamTPE look to relive glory days #WorldCupofGolf

Wed 23 Nov 2016

#TeamTPE look to relive glory days #WorldCupofGolf

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Melbourne, Australia, November 23: Chinese Taipei duo Chan Shih-chang and C.T. Pan grew up hearing tales about how Hsieh Min-nan and Lu Liang-huan attained golfing immortality by winning the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne some four decades ago.
Starting Thursday, the region’s rising stars will have a first crack at emulating their illustrious countrymen at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club when they take on 27 other nations, including hosts Australia and the United States, in the prestigious team event.
Both Chan and Pan are making their debuts in the US$8 million team event, having achieved career seasons. They are also reuniting for the first time in a decade after teaming up in the 2006 Asian Games when they were amateurs.
Pan Cheng-tsung (web)Their professional careers took on different paths but the close friends have shown their potential. Chan, 30, broke through with two victories on the Asian Tour this season while 25-year-old Pan, a former world amateur number one, earned his PGA TOUR card via the Web.com Tour.
“It’s an honour to be here especially playing with Chan as we last represented Chinese Taipei in the Asian Games. It’s like going back to old memories and it’s good to be here with him,” said Pan.
“When I was a kid, we grew up practising and hearing stories about Lu Liang-huan and Hsieh Min-nan winning the World Cup. So that’s always in our memories. This year, being able to come into the World Cup and representing Chinese Taipei, we’ve always wanted to do that as junior golfers.”
Pan arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday night after notching a top-10 on the PGA TOUR on Sunday while Chan is equally confident following a stunning year where he won the King’s Cup in Thailand and Diamond Cup in Japan to be ranked fifth on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
“I’m very happy we’re together again. It’s been 10 years and our careers have gone on different paths with him going to America while I’ve stayed in Asia. I’m happy and honoured that we can play together again,” said Chan.
“It’s exciting to be here. I’ve got a good partner. I won’t be nervous so I think we will have a chance. When he asked me if I wanted to play with him in the World Cup, I was excited as it’s a real honour. This tournament is very important.”
“When I was a kid, we grew up practising and hearing stories about Lu Liang-huan and Hsieh Min-nan winning the World Cup. So that’s always in our memories. This year, being able to come into the World Cup and representing Chinese Taipei, we’ve always wanted to do that as junior golfers.” - C.T. Pan

Pan is equally excited to pair up with Chan. “I was happy to pick Chan as he’s won two tournaments, he’s experienced and obviously he knows how to win. We have a good team and who knows what can happen out there,” he said.
With strong winds prevailing over Kingston Heath, which is rated as one of the top Australian courses, Chan is hoping to soar high on the leaderboard. Team Australia, represented by Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, the United States team of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa will start the week as favourites.
“The winds are strong at Kingston Heath, and I think we have a chance as in Chinese Taipei, it’s always strong winds and this feels very much like home,” said Chan. 
The 2016 World Cup will be the 58th staging of this event. For ticket information and to follow all of the news, player features and more as the event approaches, the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf web-site is http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/isps-handa-world-cup-of-golf.html.
About ISPS HANDA
ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.
Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.
About Melbourne, Victoria
Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.
Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com 
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.
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 six-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 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.