Hong Kong tournament added to China PGA Tour
A Hong Kong tournament has been added to the PGA Tour of China, making it the tour’s first event outside mainland China.
The event is the Clearwater Bay Open which will be staged at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club from October 31-November 6.
The tournament will field 120 players with total prizemoney of 1.2 million yuan, which is about $NZ250,000.
Greg Gilligan, PGA Tour vice president and greater China managing director, said: “This new tournament marks further development of the PGA Tour China series’ presence and its impact in the greater China region.
“We’d like to thank The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club for its commitment to the PGA Tour China series. I am sure the players will love the spectacular course and enjoy the tournament experience in Hong Kong, truly one of the world’s great cities.”
The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, established in 1982, offers an 18-hole course divided into two parts: the highland nine and the ocean nine. The club is located in the New Territories and is situated on a peninsula, with stunning views of the South China Sea and Hong Kong.
After its initial opening, the team of Thomson Perrett redesigned the course layout to its current specifications. Peter Thomson, a principal in Thomson Perrett and an Australia native, is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, a five-time winner of The Open Championship and a three-time captain of The Presidents Cup international team. Thomson Perrett has designed or redesigned golf courses in 12 countries.
Last October, The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club was the host venue for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, a tournament won by China teenager Jin Cheng, who is the only amateur to win a PGA Tour China series event—the 2014 Nine Dragons Open.
The PGA Tour China series is in its third season with it’s top players graduating to the Web.com Tour in the United States.