China continues to cement its position in the world of golf by hosting its first LPGA event in the capital city. The US$1.8 million Reignwood LPGA Classic, scheduled from October 3-6, 2013, will feature some of the world’s best professional female golfers at the exclusive Reignwood Pine Valley.
The event, the first stop on the LPGA’s much-anticipated Asian swing, was officially announced today at a press conference hosted by the Reignwood Group.
Dr Chanchai Ruayrungruang, Chairman of the Reignwood Group, was joined by officials from the LPGA, CGA, CLPGA, Beijing Sports Bureau, IMG-CCTV and Changping District.
“We are pleased to confirm our commitment to this tournament,” Dr Chanchai said. “The game of golf has received a major boost with its inclusion in the 2016 Olympics and we strongly believe that the Reignwood LPGA Classic will further establish China as a golfing destination and give golf fans in China the opportunity to enjoy world-class action right on their doorstep.
“Reignwood Pine Valley has hosted many professional events including the 2004 Volkswagen Masters, the 2005 Johnnie Walker Classic, and the Pine Valley Beijing Open in 2007 and 2008,” he added. “Now we look forward to hosting the world’s best female players. I am confident the Reignwood LPGA Classic will quickly establish itself as a marquee event on the LPGA Tour.”
Sanctioned by the CGA (China Golf Association), CLPGA (China Ladies Professional Golf Association) and LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), the event will feature an 81-player field, consisting of the top 62 LPGA players from the Rolex Money List, top 15 CLPGA players and four sponsors’ invites.
The Reignwood Group is a large, multi-national company focused on social responsibility, adhering to the slogan, ‘A healthy life leads the trend’. Under Dr Chanchai’s leadership over almost three decades, Reignwood now has four major divisions, and its production and service levels have grown due to its global vision. Reignwood Pine Valley is an industry leader in high-quality business and leisure services, and has been a major player in developing sport in China. Reignwood also has golf courses in Yunnan and Hubei provinces.
Zhang Xiaoning, Vice-President and Secretary General of the CGA, is excited about the new tournament and the benefits that come with hosting yet another world-class event in China.
“One of the main objectives of the organising committee was for the tournament to be an instrument for the growth of golf in China. We are well on our way towards achieving this, having hosted so many world-class tournaments in the last decade,” Zhang said.
“These events present a fantastic platform for our talented up-and-coming Chinese players to pit their skills against world-class golfers as they look ahead to the Olympics. It is also an opportunity for the world to see what a wonderful place China is to watch and play golf in.”
Mike Whan, Commissioner of the LPGA, said: “The achievement of Chinese golfers in the last few years gives us a glimpse of how fast this sport is growing in this part of the world. In fact, we are very proud of the diversity of the LPGA Tour membership and as many of you are aware, many of our members are from Asia and their rise in the world of ladies golf is evident in the likes of Tseng Yani and Feng Shanshan.”
Tseng, the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five major championships, is excited
that Beijing is hosting an LPGA event for the first time.
Xu Guangshu, Deputy Director of the Beijing Sports Bureau, said: “The Reignwood LPGA Classic is the biggest event in the capital after the Beijing Olympics in 2008. It’s another feather in the cap for Beijing to play host yet again to an international sporting event such as this and we look forward to welcoming the players. We hope that they will immerse themselves in the rich history and culture that Beijing has to offer.”
Adam Zhu, Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific, CCTV-IMG, said: “The world of women’s professional golf is changing daily and rapidly. Thanks to strong partners like the Reignwood Group, CGA and LPGA, golf in Asia is going from strength to strength. With over 400 golf courses in the country, I believe China is in a very strong position to spearhead this.”
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