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Golf: Vietnam’s Ho Tram Strip to host US$1.5m Asian Tour event

December’s Ho Tram Open will be held at the Greg Norman-designed course at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip.

The Greg Norman-designed course at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip will host the inaugural Ho Tram Open in December.

April 18, 2015: The Asian Tour has announced a new event in Vietnam, the Ho Tram Open, which will be held from December 3-6. The US$1.5 million event is set to make its debut as the country’s most lucrative golf tournament and the richest full-field event on this year’s Asian Tour.

 

Following a three-year agreement, the event will be held at the Greg Norman-designed course at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, located two hours southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. The Ho Tram Strip features white-sand beaches and has emerged as one of Vietnam’s newest tourism destinations.

 

Mike Kerr, CEO of the Asian Tour, welcomed the circuit’s newest tournament, one of at least four events to make its debut on this year’s Asian Tour.

 

“On behalf of our players, I would like to thank Ho Tram for its commitment to title sponsor the Ho Tram Open on the Asian Tour until 2017,” he said. “With a prize purse of US$1.5 million, the Ho Tram Open will take its place as one of our prestigious championships on our 2015 schedule and our members are very excited to return to Vietnam.

 

“I believe the Ho Tram Open, which will be the richest full-field event on our schedule this year, will contribute positively towards the growth and development of professional golf in Vietnam, a nation which has great potential to unearth new and young talents.

 

“With golf returning to the Olympics, it is our hope that the Vietnamese golfers who will have the opportunity to play in the Ho Tram Open will find the inspiration and determination to excel in the game and subsequently qualify for Rio de Janeiro and beyond. We look forward to a fantastic week of golf at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip in December.”

 

The event will promote the Ho Tram Strip and The Bluffs as a hub for gaming, entertainment and recreation through four days of live broadcasts that will reach 180 countries and a potential 625 million homes on the Asian Tour’s global TV platform.

 

Colin Pine, General Director, Ho Tram Project Company, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the Ho Tram Open at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip in December. This new and exciting event will showcase the magnificent Ho Tram Strip to the world and complement our vision and ambition to deliver world-class entertainment to our guests and visitors.

 

“It is also our hope that the launch of Vietnam’s richest golf championship will provide the catalyst for the game to grow in this beautiful country, especially with golf returning to the Olympic Summer Games programme in 2016. We are committed to staging the Ho Tram Open for three years and we will work closely with the Asian Tour and our partners to ensure its success in 2015 and beyond.”

 

The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip opened for play last October and has received praise for its links-style design, five-star clubhouse and recreational facilities. England’s Robert Rock, the course’s brand ambassador and a two-time winner on The European Tour, will be among the players competing.

 

Ben Styles, General Manager, The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, said: “We look forward to hosting our first professional golf tournament at The Bluffs and we will ensure that our course will be at its absolute best to contribute toward the success of the event.”

 

Source: Asian Tour (www.asiantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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