'Shotgun tee-off' at charity event keeps quake relief at the Fore!

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 June, 2008, 12:00am

While Tiger Woods was making a challenge at the US Open, 780 local golfers at Missions Hills banded together for Sichuan on Saturday. In a unique fund-raising event, the Shenzhen golf resort set aside seven of its 12 courses, with all 780 people to start at exactly the same time of 11.30am in a shotgun tee-off - that means groups started at different holes instead of everyone beginning on hole No1.

Originally, organisers planned on only 500 or so golfers, but the response proved overwhelming and a total of HK$6.33 million was raised on the day.

'A bell rang so everyone could start at exactly the same time on all 126 holes,' a rep from Mission Hills explained. 'It was quite a tough task to co-ordinate everything, including getting over a thousand caddies. We're not sure if it's a record, but the organising committee is submitting an application to Guinness World Records for most golfers teeing off at the same time.'

Although China's No1 professional golfer Zhang Liangwei was among the participants, the biggest surprise of the day was that one of the course winners was 10-year-old Wong Wing-tau (pictured with Zhang). Could he be the future Chinese Tiger Woods?