Professional golf in Hong Kong received a shot in the arm yesterday with the announcement that Fortis Insurance Company (Asia) will sponsor the Hong Kong Professional Golfers' Association championship for the next three years. The championship has not been played since 2004 due to a lack of funding. Although dates for the 54-hole tournament have not been confirmed, the event is expected to take place at Kau Sai Chau in the fourth quarter with prize money of HK$300,000. 'The championship has a long and great history and reviving the tournament will give the Hong Kong PGA a tremendous boost,' said Fortis chief executive Stuart Fraser. Fortis has also committed to sponsoring the HKPGA Order of Merit, which includes three other local events with purses of HK$70,000 each. The Order of Merit champion qualifies to represent Hong Kong in World Cup qualifying. To help increase the championship's exposure, tournament organisers are looking to invite a handful of top players from the region. 'We're talking to a few players. We're hoping to announce some exciting names,' said Dominique Boulet of Impact Golf Management Group, who coincidentally was the last winner of the HKPGA Championship.