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PGA TOUR China Series

Set for another Clearwater Bay Open spectacle 


For the third consecutive year the Club is set to host top-quality international golfing action, with the latest edition of the PGA TOUR Series – China “Clearwater Bay Open 2018”, which features 120 players in a 72-hole stroke play format from 11 to 14 October.


The Clearwater Bay Open has been part of the prestigious PGA TOUR Series - China since the tournament’s inception; this year, though, it assumes extra importance as the final stop on the tour. There’s certainly plenty riding on the result. The five players who finish the season at the top of the Order of Merit will be rewarded with places on the 2019 Web.com Tour, the “Path to the PGA TOUR”, a route that has already been taken by mainland Chinese players Marty Dou and Xin-jun Zhang. The stakes have been raised even higher this year as the Club has made an additional contribution to bring the total prize money from RMB 1.5 million to RMB 2 million for this year's event.


The Clearwater Bay Open has also quickly become the players’ favourite event on the Tour, hotly anticipated for many of the same reasons that the Club was chosen to host the first Tour event outside mainland China in the first place: the spectacular scenery and views from the course, the challenges of the course itself, and the quality of the Club’s hospitality and facilities.


According to Golf Committee Chairman Mark Chan, who is also a former [RP1] President of the Hong Kong Golf Association, the continued success of the tournament both reflects and encourages the growth of golf in Hong Kong and mainland China.


“After starting by hosting the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2015, this October the Club will host the third Clearwater Bay Open, as well as the Nomura Cup next year, and the World Amateur Team Championships with Hong Kong Golf Club in 2020,” says Mark. “We believe that these international championships can provide valuable opportunities for local players to accumulate experience and broaden their exposure. They can also demonstrate the beautiful scenery at Clearwater Bay to the world, directly promoting Hong Kong golf.”


The PGA TOUR shares the Club’s commitment to working for the less fortunate members of society, and the Clearwater Bay Open will this year again be preceded by the World Vision Peace for Every Child Charity Walk on 6 October. The 4km walk will raise funds for charity World Vision’s Syrian Refugee Response, which provides food to families and education to children in Syria, alongside an exhibition and activity booths about the situation in the war-torn country.


This year’s Clearwater Bay Open is gearing up to host leading players on the PGA TOUR Series - China. James Marchesani of Australia returns to defend his title, while among the other favourites to take the title will be current Order of Merit leader Charlie Saxon of the US, who boasts four Tour wins, and finished third at Clearwater Bay in 2016. Also in attendance will be Callum Tarren of England, who lies second on the Order of Merit and was runner-up in last year’s tournament – one of the six times he has finished second in Tour events.


Hong Kong will be represented by Club ambassadors Jason Hak and Motin Yeung, the former a crowd favourite who has carried local hopes at the event in the past, the latter a rising star who became the first Hongkonger to win a Tour event at the Kunming Championship in June. China’s hopes, meanwhile, will rest on the likes of Cao Yi, who won the Chongqing Championship in March, and Carl Yuan, who became only the second amateur to win a tour event at the Qingdao Championship in July.


For talented golfers who are not quite in the superstar category yet, there is also a chance to perform alongside the top players, with the top 10 finishers from the Monday qualifier on 8 October rewarded with places in the main event. Other events before the tournament include a Par-3 Contest on the Tuesday afternoon, the Welcome Party on the Tuesday evening and a Pro-Am on the Wednesday, while there is also an Am-Am on the Monday after the tournament. With all that going on and the eyes of the world on the Club, a strong turnout of members is expected to cheer on the players in their endeavours.


Email to memberrelations@cwbgolf.org or phone 2335 3700 for enquiries.

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