Golf News for Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Tournaments

2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am welcomes Hollywood stars

HAIKOU, China -- The 2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am will welcome a number of leading Hollywood stars for the golf tournament at Mission Hills Haikou, October 19-21.

Celebrity participants include Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, Oscar-nominated actor Andy Garcia, Canadian film and television actor Ryan Reynolds, American actress Minka Kelly, action heroine Michelle Yeoh and Korea's top male movie star Jeong Woo-Seong. They will join a host of luminaries from Hong Kong and Mainland China in what is being billed as China's biggest entertainment event of the year.

Talent from closer to home includes renowned film director Feng Xiaogang, He Ping, actors Wang Zhiwen, Zhang Guoli, Zhang Jiayi, Sun Nan, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam, Michael Wong, Leon Lai, Charlie Young, Gigi Leung, and actresses Michelle Chen and Coco Lee.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Dr. Ken Chu, Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group said, "The objective of the World Celebrity Pro-Am has always been to take golf to a new level, not just in China but across the region. We're delighted to have so many international stars on board and we look forward to welcoming them to Mission Hills."

Already internationally acclaimed for staging championship golf events, the World Celebrity Pro-Am will put Mission Hills on the world map for overall entertainment experiences.

"We've always emphasized that Mission Hills is about more than just golf. What we're doing is creating general entertainment for people, so whether you're into film, celebrities, golf or just sport in general, there's going to be something for you," added Chu.

Other confirmed star participants include 22-time Olympic medal winner Michael Phelps, former NBA Superstar Yao Ming, Brazilian football hero Ronaldo, former world No.1 tennis player Pat Cash and former world No. 1 snooker player Stephen Hendry.

From the world of golf, the field will boast no less than three golf major winners in Darren Clarke, Ian Woosnam and Tony Jacklin, as well as four-time PGA Tour winner and current PLAYERS Champion Matt Kuchar.

Charitable beneficiaries of the World Celebrity Pro-Am include The Yao Ming Foundation and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The internationally acclaimed tournament was first staged in 2010 and has already become one of the region`s leading lifestyle and entertainment events. It will adopt a new tournament format to make it more entertaining and fun. The professional golfers will compete for a prize purse of 1 million US dollars.

For more information please visit:www.missionhillswcpa.com

About Mission Hills Group
Mission Hills Group (www.missionhillschina.com), owner and operator of Mission Hills in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and the tropical island of Hainan, is the pioneer in China's fledgling hospitality, sports and leisure industry.

Founded in 1992, Mission Hills is recognized as the leading golf brand in the world and synonymous with high-end, luxurious and exquisitely-designed residences. Mission Hills has been the major driving force behind the sports and leisure industry in China. Its three world-class integrated leisure and wellness resort destinations have hosted more than 100 international tournaments. Mission Hills has also been accredited the "World's Largest Golf Club" by the Guinness World Records.

Mission Hills' properties sprawl over 40 sq.km. They include 22 championship courses designed by renowned players and architects from five continents, five-star resorts, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, an international convention center, golf academies and Asia's largest tennis facility. Mission Hills is also the official training headquarters of China's Tennis and Golf Associations.

The Group's "golf and more" leisure philosophy has catalyzed its tourism-related business expansion. Mission Hills Centreville and Mission Hills Lan Kwai Fong Haikou are family-friendly metropolitan leisure complexes and low-carbon town centers. Hubs for business, leisure, wellness and entertainment, their highlights include 1,000-plus international anchor brands featuring the latest fashion labels, finest jewelry and watches; trendiest restaurants, cafes and bars; state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas; ice skating rinks; bowling alleys; world-renowned auto showrooms; and many other exciting offerings. A total of six hotels are showcased in these developments, among them Marriott International's Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotel brands.

Today, Mission Hills Group has achieved many milestones and become the preeminent conglomerate in the sports, tourism, leisure and entertainment industry. The next breakthrough in the Group's evolution will occur as it brings its tried and true branding and golf management services to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Yunnan, Chongqing and other destinations.

For more information about Mission Hills, visit www.missionhillschina.com, email info@missionhillschina.com, or call (852) 2122 1616 (Hong Kong), (86 755) 2802 0888 (Shenzhen),
(86 769) 8728 8888 (Dongguan), (86 898) 6868 3888 (Hainan).

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