Euro Senior Tour makes inroads into China

Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle at the announcement of the new ISPS Handa Senior World Championship.

Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle at the announcement of the new ISPS Handa Senior World Championship.

SHENZHEN, China – Mission Hills Golf Club’s tournament portfolio is expanding again.

Not content with only hosting the OneAsia Tour Final Qualifying School and the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at its new Hainan complex this year, China’s best-known golf club also will stage its first European Senior Tour event in 2011.

Co-sanctioned with the China Golf Association, the ISPS Handa Senior World Championship will be played March 11-13 on the World Cup Course in Shenzhen.

A new event to the 2011 European Senior Tour schedule, the tournament also marks the tour’s first visit to China.

Organizers expect the US$350,000 event to attract some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle – and further strengthen the importance of China as a golfing destination.

The new tournament is title-sponsored by the International Sports Promotion Society, which is chaired by Japanese businessman and philanthropist Haruhisa Handa.

In a statement, ISPS said it will use the tournament to help promote blind and disabled golf, bringing the sport to a wider audience.

“We have Paralympic ambitions for the sport, which we hope will soon become a reality,” Handa said.

The 2011 European Senior Tour began in November at the Handa Australian Senior Open, where Peter Senior triumphed over Lyle at the Royal Perth Golf Club in Australia.

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