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10 Year Old Wins Mission Hills Grand Final
October 18 , 2011

After five months of heated competition, the 8th Mission Hills Golfathon, Shenzhen division, came to an end over the weekend with a 10 years old boy, Chen Guangshi besting the field of 100 players to score his first Golfathon Championship trophy with a round of 69.

By virtue of this title, the Grand Champion, Chen Guangshi will receive a seven-night holiday for two at Mission Hills’ affiliated club Palazzo Arzaga Spa Resort in Italy, with unlimited rounds of golf, deluxe room accommodation and romantic candlelight dinners for two.

Furthermore, in November, he will be invited to the Omega Mission Hills World Cup Pro-Am at Mission Hills • Haikou to play alongside stars like Rory Mcllory, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

Commenting on his victory, the ten-year old boy said: "If there was an opportunity, I hope to group with Rory Mcllory for my World Cup Pro-am this year. Rory has very beautiful swing which I am trying to learn now. "

In addition to Chen being crowned overall champion, winners of other categories were Won-Yong Li, Meng Yi, Liu Rui Xing and Wu Qu Ming won the Men’s Senior, Men’s, Ladies’, and Juniors’ Divisions respectively. The winners and first runners-up of each division will receive complimentary Mission Hills • Haikou packages worth RMB12,308 respectively.

At the start of the event, Mission Hills Golf Club, Executive Director Iain Roberts, welcomed the arrival of players and guests, as well as expressing his heartfelt thanks to those supporting the event, saying: "This year's competition has jumped from 2700 to 5000 participants, almost double that of last year. We have participating golfers from 20 different countries and regions and with an age range from 6 to over 80 years old. I hope everyone will continue to support this event.”

“We had very effective change for the tournament format this year. It is the first time the Golfathon played in Pete Dye course which is only opened for our Charter Diamond Member. Together with Zhang Lianwei course, 12 courses in Shenzhen and Dongguan are all opened for Golfathon players. We hope to offer the best experience to the players.” Said Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Golf Club.

This year, the Golfathon was also extended to Mission Hills • Haikou, where their 100 finalist players will compete for the Champion’s title on 23 October.

The Shenzhen Grand Final also received the support from the Artiste Golf Association of Hong Kong. President actor Vivian Lai, Vice President Gilbert Lam and members Stephanie Che, Eyvonne Lam and Cindy Lee all participated in the Grand Final, providing the event with a wonderful climax.

Already in its 8th consecutive year, the tournament’s unique scoring system has been one of the highlights that distinguish this tournament from others. Most golf tournaments calculate scores from the one single golf course, with the round score determining the winner. However, the Mission Hills Golfathon adds scores from 10 different courses across several months for players of all ages and levels.

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