China’s first international celebrity pro-am golf tournament, the Mission Hills Star Trophy, will be held October 28-31 in Haikou, a city in China’s tropical Hainan Island at the new five-star Mission Hills Resort.
The tournament, which features pro-golfers and celebrities, has attracted Hollywood stars and celebrity golfers like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christian Slater, Hugh Grant, Michael Phelps and Matthew McConaughey. Asian celebrities going will include Hong Kong actors Aaron Kwok and Eric Tsang, Chinese entrepreneur Li Ning, and Japanese actor Sanma Akashiya.
Golf legends Greg Norman, Annika Sorenstam (coming out of retirement) and Nick Faldo are among the pros.
Tournament participants include 20 professional golfers, 20 celebrities, and 120 amateurs.
The first two days of the four-day tournament, a celebrity or a professional will play with three amateurs. On the final two days, each celebrity will pair with a professional golfer to compete for the $100,000 Pro-Celebrity team prize.
The pro-golfers will compete simultaneously for a “winner takes all” grand prize of US$1.28 million, the richest individual prize in Asian golf.
The celebrity tournament marks the opening of the golf resort and part of the government’s ambitious plan to make Hainan Island a top tourism destination by 2020.
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