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Record turnout at Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior

2016-05-24

Championship in Shenzhen

Shenzhen, China  [May 20]--It is only fitting that the backdrop for one of junior golf’s most important and impactful events is Mission Hills, because growing the game of golf worldwide continues to be a mission for Jack Nicklaus.

Sharing the same passion the Golden Bear has for introducing and nurturing the game he loves, Mission Hills hosted the ninth edition of the Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship.

Appropriately played on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course layout of the historic World Cup Course at Mission Hills Shenzhen, the event drew a record number of participants.

The 54-hole event attracted more than 120 junior golfers, ages 11 to 17, representing 10 countries and territories. Players from Canada, Chinese Taipei, Germany, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand joined an 80-strong China contingent for the tournament—including more than 50 players with a handicap of 5 or better.

Nicklaus said he was delighted to see the tournament flourishing and be part of the China Golf Association Junior Ranking System and The R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

“I am happy to see players from so many different countries taking part, renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances through the uniquely special game of golf,” Nicklaus said. “Few other sports present youngsters with the opportunity to bond and to build relationships that can last for a lifetime.

“My wife Barbara and I have always been motivated by helping children, whether that is in healthcare, education or golf. We like to say that children are our future, and as evidenced by the Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship at Mission Hills, the future of golf looks bright. This tournament has established itself as an important junior event, not only in China but throughout Asia. We are very proud of that.”

Overall winners in the Boys and Girls categories at the 2016 Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship were NOPPARAT PANICHPHON from Thailand with rounds of 71-70-66 (207) and Liu Yiyuan from China with rounds of 70-68-72 (210).

Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman, Mission Hills Group, said, “Jack Nicklaus is a true legend of golf. For more than 50 years, he has been a wonderful ambassador for the game all over the world.

“Mission Hills is proud of the fact that our relationship with Mr. Nicklaus goes back to the early 1990s. He designed the very first course at Mission Hills and has maintained a strong relationship with us through the Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship. Everyone at Mission Hills salutes Mr. Nicklaus for the immense contribution he continues to make on the development of golf.”

The top-three finishers in each age division receive coveted invitations to compete in the Nicklaus Junior Championship at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., where the Golden Bear has designed two Signature layouts. The top three also get to compete in the Mission Hills Golf Series Junior Tour Grand Final 2016.

Furthermore, the Overall Winners, NOPPARAT PANICHPHON and Liu Yiyuan, are invited to play in the 2016 Faldo Series China Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club.

“Like Mr. Nicklaus, Mission Hills has always been committed to growing the game and we very much look forward to further strengthening our ties and doing more to popularise the sport in the years ahead,” Tenniel Chu added. “In line with Mr. Nicklaus’ love and passion for junior golf development, it is the aim of Mission Hills to continue creating opportunities for all juniors to develop and compete against each other under tournament conditions.”

Additional appeal to this year’s Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship was a nine-hole Parent-Child event.

“Encouraging parents to play alongside their children added a new and exciting dimension to the week,” Chu said. “We thank all those who supported this initiative, showing that golf is a lifelong sport.”