SHENZHEN, China -- After six months of heated competition, the 9th Mission Hills Golfathon came to a climatic end on Sunday with Shenzhen's Chen Guang-shi, age 11, overcoming the field of 100 players to defend his Golfathon Championship trophy.
With his round of 66, he became the youngest defending champion in the event's nine-year history.
The 2012 event marks the first time in which finalists from both Mission Hills Shenzhen and Mission Hills Haikou have come together to compete in one tournament. The combined events saw in excess of 6,000 players test themselves on 10 different courses in the luxury golf and spa resort's unique competition.
First prize included an invitation to play in the pro-am practice round at the 2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am, a free golf and hotel package at Mission Hills Haikou, seven days of unlimited golf for two people at Mission Hills Shenzhen and a complimentary seven-night stay for two at Mission Hill's reciprocal club - Palazzo Arzaga Hotel SPA & Golf Resort in Italy.
Speaking from the Shenzhen Clubhouse, a delighted Chen said, "It's a great honor to win such a prestigious and unique event. To have the opportunity to play with some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am will be a dream come true for me - I can't wait."
In addition to Chen being crowned overall champion, winners of other categories were Paul Olsen (75 - Senior), Jeffrey Wang (72 - Men's), Qiao Chang Yu (71 - Ladies') and Michael Regan Wong (69 - Juniors'). The winners and first runners-up in each division will receive complimentary Mission Hills Haikou hospitality packages valued at RMB 10,099 and RMB 6,839 respectively.
Speaking at the Official Presentation Ceremony, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group, Tenniel Chu said, "After six months of competition, more than 6,000 participants and a cumulative total of over one million holes of golf, we have a very deserving winner. It's been fantastic to see this event continue to grow each year and we look forward to welcoming even more participants back to Mission Hills in 2013."
The Golfathon was launched in 2004 to commemorate Mission Hills' recognition as the world's largest golf facility by the Guinness World Records. Since the launch, the Golfathon has become one of Mission Hills' signature events, attracting nearly 30,000 participants from more than 30 countries competing on courses designed by some of the true greats in the game including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Annika Sorenstam.
Once again, the Grand Final also received the support from the Artiste Golf Association of Hong Kong. President actress Ms. Vivian Lai invited a number of celebrities to participate in the Grand Final, providing the event with a glittering finish.
The Mission Hills Golfathon was sponsored by Thinkpad, TOTO and Tibet Glacier Mineral Water 5100.
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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 email@example.com, or call (852) 2122 1616 (Hong Kong), (86 755) 2802 0888 (Shenzhen),
(86 769) 8728 8888 (Dongguan), (86 898) 6868 3888 (Hainan).