Pan Jie-Hong and Zhuo Tian-Wei will fly the flag for China in Las Vegas this summer after the teenage golfers secured victory in the 2018 Mission Hills World Stars of Junior Golf Championship at the Mission Hills Haikou resort in Hainan.
14-year-old Pan was crowned overall girls’ champion with a 215 total, including a brilliant second-round 69 on the Sandbelt Trails Course. One of three top-10 ranked Chinese juniors in the field, she closed with a 73 to finish on one under par for three rounds, 11 shots ahead of her nearest female challenger, Sophie Han.
Zhuo finished two shots behind Pan on 217 to take the overall boys’ title. A student at the Mission Hills Golf Academy in Shenzhen, the 16-year-old closed with a level-par 72 to finish one over for the tournament, one ahead of final round leader Liu En-Hua.
Pan and Zhou receive free exemptions into the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf Championship in Las Vegas this July, a tournament ranked by The R&A, the NJGS, Golfweek and the AJGA. The other age-group winners will also be invited: Liu (Boys’ 11-14), Song Guan-Lin (Boys’ 9-10), Lai Si-Jia (Girls’ 15-17) and Han (Girls’ 9-10), all from China.
With R&A and CGA ranking points on offer, more than 100 juniors aged nine to 17 from 10 different countries competed over three days on the highly-acclaimed Sandbelt Trails Course in Haikou – one of 22 courses across two luxury resorts at Mission Hills, the world’s largest golf facility as recognised by the Guinness World Records.
Leading final scores: Boys’ 15-17: 217 – Zhuo Tian-Wei (CHN) 72 73 72; 224 – Jerry Song (NZL) 69 80 75. Boys’ 11-14: 218 – Liu En-Hua (CHN) 73 71 74; 231 – Zhao Jun-Lin (CHN) 76 81 74. Boys’ 9-10: 257 – Song Guan-Lin (CHN) 85 91 81; 280 – Wang Zi-Ang (CHN) 90 98 92. Girls’ 15-17: 235 – Lai Si-Jia (CHN) 76 82 77; 236 – Lu Jia-Yang (CHN) 77 82 77. Girls’ 11-14: 215 – Pan Jie-Hong (CHN) 73 69 73; 243 – Zhang Jun-Yuan (CHN) 76 86 81. Girls’ 9-10: 226 – Sophie Han (CHN) 74 82 70; 274 – Liu Ying-Yuan (CHN) 92 88 94.
Photo 1 – Chinese golfers Pan Jie-Hong (left) and Zhuo Tian-Wei celebrate victory in the 2018 Mission Hills World Stars of Junior Golf Championship at the Mission Hills Haikou resort in Hainan.
Photo 2 – Chinese golfer Pan Jie-Hong is congratulated by teammates after winning the 2018 Mission Hills World Stars of Junior Golf Championship at the Mission Hills Haikou resort in Hainan.
Photo 3 – Winners from the 2018 Mission Hills World Stars of Junior Golf Championship at the Mission Hills Haikou resort in Hainan.
ABOUT MISSION HILLS GROUP
Mission Hills Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills resorts in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and on the tropical island of Hainan, is synonymous with leisure, wellness, entertainment and luxury.
Founded in 1992, Mission Hills is recognized as one of the world’s leading golf brands and a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry. The world-class integrated leisure and wellness resort destinations have hosted more than 100 international tournaments, dating back to the World Cup of Golf in 1995, the first international golf tournament in China. Mission Hills has also been accredited by the Guinness World Records as the “World’s Largest Golf Club” and the “World’s Largest Mineral Springs and Spa Resort”.
Mission Hills’ properties sprawl over 40 square kilometres. They include 22 championship courses designed by renowned players and architects from five continents, five-star resorts, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, international convention centres, state-of-the-art golf academies, a 20-pitch football training base, Asia’s largest basketball school and Asia’s biggest tennis facility. Mission Hills is also the official training headquarters for China’s Tennis, Football and Golf Associations.
The Group’s ‘golf and more’ leisure philosophy has catalysed its tourism-related business expansion into a leisure hub for multi-generational families. Mission Hills Centreville in Shenzhen and Haikou provides integrated shopping, recreational, business, education, entertainment, leisure and cultural experiences, including Bromsgrove School Mission Hills in Shenzhen in collaboration with the historic British boarding school. Mission Hills has also extended its foray into the hospitality industry by partnering with world-renowned hotel brands such as Hard Rock, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton. These collaborations have seen the opening of Ritz-Carlton’s first golf resort hotel in China and China’s first Hard Rock Hotel in Shenzhen.
Other significant projects include Movie Town in Haikou in partnership with China’s largest film production company, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation and award-winning director, Feng Xiaogang and China’s first Wet’n’Wild water park in collaboration with Australia’s leading entertainment group and largest theme park operator, Village Roadshow Limited.
Mission Hills has also announced ground-breaking partnerships with FC Barcelona and the NBA to bring the world’s most famous football club and the world’s largest professional basketball league to its Haikou resort, making Hainan island a leading hub for football and basketball development in China.
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