UBS Hong Kong Open brings golf to every district in HK18

Fri 18 Nov 2016

UBS Hong Kong Open brings golf to every district in HK18

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Hong Kong, November 18: The UBS Hong Kong Open today announced one of the most ambitious community outreach initiatives in the tournament’s 58-year history, HK18.
HK18 will bring the exitement and passion of the UBS Hong Kong Open to every corner of the city via an 18-day roadshow that will visit each of Hong Kong’s 18 districts. The innovative and interactive golf experience gives the public an opportunity to test their skills and a chance to pocket a HKD180,000 prize purse in the process.
Negotiating an early water hazard, HK18 will tee off in the Islands district at Mui Wo Ferry Pier on Tuesday, 22 November. The roadshow will culminate 18 days later, on Friday, 9 December, beneath the Hong Kong Observation Wheel in Central where five of the top players competing in the 2016 UBS Hong Kong Open will go head-to-head in a public contest.
The putting challenge features a 6 x 5 metre, 3-dimensional map of the city, complete with iconic landmarks such as the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, IFC, and the Star Ferry.
Putt your way to $180,000!
Participants will have five shots at five different holes of increasing difficulty. If a player makes all five putts, they will be automatically entered into a skills contest that will take place on the practice green at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Saturday, 10 December, after which five contestants will progress to a play-off where they
will try their hand at an epic 18-meter putt. If they sink that putt, the prize is theirs!
Joinly funded by the tournament, UBS and other tournament sponsors and the Mega Events Fund, all participants will receive a free Brand Hong Kong give-away, while those who advance as far as the third hole will receive a pair of free season passes to the 2016 UBS Hong Kong Open.
For those new to the game, the tournament has developed a virtual reality putting and bunker masterclass with instructions from Ryder Cup star Rafael Cabrera-Bello, one of the leading contenders at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
To get the ball rolling, the UBS Hong Kong Open’s HK18 challenge was launched with a fun promotional video that sees a giant golf ball travelling down the streets of Hong Kong as momentum builds for the tournament start on 8 December.
The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/-MSmZx4vY2M
For information on HK18 dates and venues see www.ubshkopen.com/HK18.
For all the latest tournament information see www.ubshkopen.com or facebook.com/ubshongkongopen/ Follow Instagram: @ubshongkongopen; Twitter: @UBSHongKongOpen #UBSHKOpen #HKGreatDayOut
Supported by the Hong Kong Mega Events Fund, the UBS Hong Kong Open is the longest-running sporting event in Asia and is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Hong Kong Golf Association. In a new move for 2016, entry to the first two rounds on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December will be free of charge. Visitors under 21 can enjoy free entry to the Saturday and Sunday as well.

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Notes to Editor:

HK18 Schedule
HK18 is open for the public to participate in free of charge from 11.00 to 19.00 daily:
1. Islands - Mui Wo Ferry Pier - 22 November
2. Yuen Long - Kolour Mall – 23 November
3. Eastern - Quarry Bay Park Plaza - 24 November
4. Tsuen Wan- BMW showroom - 25 November
5. Southern - Stanley Promenade - 26 November
6. Tai Po- Waterfront Park - 27 November
7. Kwun Tong - Promenade - 28 November
8. Sham Shui Po - Outside MTR station - 29 November
9. Wan Chai – Location Pending – 30 November
10. North District - Fanling Centre - 1 December
11. Tuen Mun - Gold Coast Piazza - 2 December
12. Sai Kung - Promenade - 3 December
13. Sha Tin – Location Pending – 4 December
14. Kowloon City - Carpenter Road Park - 5 December
15. Kwai Tsing - Tsing Yi Promenade - 6 December
16. Wong Tai Sin - Outside Temple - 7 December
17. Yau Tsim Mong - HK Cultural centre - 8 December
18. Central - Ferry Piers - 9 December
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Mega Events Fund
This year the “UBS Hong Kong Open” is sponsored by the Mega Events Fund of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The Fund was set up in 2009 to support mega arts, cultural, sports and entertainment events to be staged in Hong Kong. With the approval from the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, the operation of the Fund has been extended for five years until the end of March 2017 with a view to attracting more internationally acclaimed mega events to Hong Kong and reinforcing Hong Kong’s position as the events capital of Asia.
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For further information contact:
Roco Communications
Ross Collett (Eng): Tel: +852 9456 5007, ross@rococomms.com
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UBS
Mark Panday (Eng): Tel: +852 2971 8221, mark.panday@ubs.com
Elite Step Asia: Sean Moore (Eng): Tel: +852 9095 8889, sean.moore@elitestep.com
Andy Yeung (Chi): Tel: +852 2808 0977, andy.yeung@elitestep.com
The Hong Kong Golf Club
Ellen Cheng Tel: +852 26791850, ellen@hkgolfclub.org