Golf News for Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Charity

Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises $500,000

HAIKOU, China -- Mission Hills Group, one of China's leading golf and tourism operators, announces the 2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am raised a total of $500,000 for the tournament's charitable partners - Yao Ming and UNICEF.

The celebrity golf tournament saw players gracing the fairways by day and red carpet by night at the luxury Mission Hills resort, as some of the biggest names from Hollywood and the international sports scene descended on the tropical island of Hainan in southern China for the three day spectacular.

With a guest list that included some of Hollywood's hottest talent in Andy Garcia, Adrien Brody, Ryan Reynolds and Minka Kelly teeing off alongside sporting greats such as Yao Ming, Michael Phelps, Ronaldo, Stephen Hendry and Pat Cash, the event lived up to its billing a China's top entertainment event of the year. Matt Kuchar, Darren Clarke, Michael Campbell, Simon Dyson, Ian Woosnan and Tony Jacklin were just some of the big name players from the professional golf circuit that included no less than four golf-major winners.

Commenting on the donation, former NBA star Yao Ming said, "I'm extremely grateful to Mission Hills and everybody involved with this fantastic event for making this donation. We'll continue to improve the lives of children both in China and the US and these funds will go directly towards projects we've underway in these countries.

Judy Chen, Chairman of Hong Kong Committee for the event's other charitable partner UNICEF added, "We're delighted to accept this donation from the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am. UNICEF Hong Kong has enjoyed a long-standing and successful relationship with both celebrities and the world of sport and we hope that through initiatives such as this, we can increase the reach of our work and continue to improve the lives of children in China and around the world."

The Godfather actor Andy Garcia commented, "It's my first time here in Asia and it's been a very beautiful experience. The hospitality's been great and we've had a great time."

Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody added, "Here we are on one of the most beautiful golf courses with some of the best golfers in the world. It's exciting and I'm very grateful to be involved in this charitable event."

Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group, Dr. Ken Chu said, "It's an honor to be able to make this donation to two such worthwhile charitable partners. It's always been Mission Hills objective to use golf as a force for good and we're extremely appreciative to the players, our commercial partners and all the fans that came to Mission Hills Haikou and made the 2012 World Celebrity Pro-Am such a great success."

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About Mission Hills Group
Mission Hills Group (, 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 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.

Stephen Reynolds
Buffalo Communications