Pros and celebrities tee up for China's young golfers

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 April, 1997, 12:00am


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CHINA'S drive to increase golf's popularity stands to benefit to the tune of $1 million following today's Pro-Celebrity curtain-raiser to the third Volvo China Tour, writes Spencer Robinson.

Hosted by the Eric Tsang Golf Fund, the event at the Shenzhen Golf Club will feature sport and entertainment celebrities as well as mainland Chinese officials and businessmen.

All money raised will go towards junior golf development in China and Hong Kong.

At a similar event at the inaugural Volvo China Tour, more than $750,000 was raised. 'This year we expect to beat the figure,' said television personality Tsang.

Consisting of four 36-hole tournaments, the Tour tees off on Tuesday with the Volvo Open, to be followed by the Hugo Boss Open, both at the Shenzhen Golf Club. From there the players will head to the Luhu Golf Club in Guangzhou for the Coca-Cola Open before moving on to the Sichuan International Golf Club for the Founder Open. All four tournaments have prize funds of US$75,000.

The players and officials will then fly to the Chinese capital for the US$400,000 Volvo China Open at the Beijing International Golf Club.