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Golf: Shenzhen International launches on 2015 European Tour

VIPs at the launch of the Shenzhen International, which will be held at Genzon Golf Club in April and feature on The European Tour’s 2015 schedule. Photos: European Tour.

VIPs at the launch of the Shenzhen International, which will be held at Genzon Golf Club in April and feature on The European Tour’s 2015 schedule. Photos: European Tour.

October 23, 2014: The European Tour has announced that the inaugural US$2.5 million Shenzhen International will be held at Genzon Golf Club from April 16-19, the week after the Masters Tournament, the year’s first major.

 

The event will be held over the Neil Haworth-designed championship course at Genzon Golf Club, the venue for this year’s Volvo China Open. The field will comprise 100 players from The European Tour, 50 players from the China Golf Association and six sponsor invites.

 

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We are delighted to add another new tournament in China to an already robust 2015 schedule. In recent years, China has become an increasingly important player in the global golf market. Genzon Golf Club and the city of Shenzhen both proved to be superb hosts for the Volvo China Open earlier this year, so we had no hesitation in agreeing to return there for the Shenzhen International.”

 

Ke Gangming, Counsel of Culture Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality, explained why the tournament bears the name of Shenzhen, the host city and the economic centre of the Pearl River Delta region.

 

“In a first for the region, this tournament will be staged in the city of Shenzhen, by the city of Shenzhen and for the greater benefit of the Pearl River Delta region, as well as golf enthusiasts in China and around the world,” Ke said.

 

“Through its international trading links, Shenzhen is China’s window to the world. In addition to staging a first-class international golf tournament, it is our intention to use this event to showcase the modern and vibrant city of Shenzhen to the world.”

 

Zhang Xiaoning, Vice-President and Secretary General of the China Golf Association, said the new tournament offered a major new platform for the country’s top pros.

 

“We welcome the addition of the Shenzhen International to the 2015 European Tour International Schedule,” Zhang said. “It will also provide an emerging group of highly talented young Chinese golfers with the opportunity to compete against the best players in the game on a world stage. As we look forward to golf’s inclusion in the next Olympic Games, this tournament will be another milestone in China’s path to becoming a major golf nation.”

 

For more information, visit: www.shenzhenintl.com

 

Source: The European Tour (www.europeantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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