Chief executive of OneAsia tour resigns

Ben Sellenger

OneAsia chief executive Ben Sellenger, who oversaw the creation of the upstart tour in the Far East, has resigned.

Since taking the post in 2008, Sellenger primarily was responsible for building the tour’s schedule from scratch to one that now features 12 events, including absorbing five national opens and offering total prize money of more than $11 million. OneAsia’s rapid growth, in turn, has led to a heated turf war with the more established Asian Tour, which staged 36 tournaments this year.

Sellenger provided little explanation for his exit other than to say he wanted to pursue other opportunities. The tour announced his departure Nov. 28.

“I notified the board I wanted to move on and do something new,” Sellenger told The Australian newspaper. “I think they’re still repositioning and looking for someone who can fill the void.”

Speaking about OneAsia, he added: “I do consider it to be my baby a little bit. Moving on is always difficult, but I just think it’s about time.”

Meanwhile, OneAsia officials announced the pro circuit was consolidating its operations in Hong Kong and closing its Singapore office. According to the tour, the move “will allow OneAsia to shift resources closer to key growth markets in North Asia, including China and South Korea.”

Sang Y. Chun, OneAsia’s commissioner and chairman, has been based in Hong Kong for the past year; he will be joined by Rob Neal, chief business officer; David Parkin, director of tour operations; and Tina Lee, director of business affairs.

“This is an important strategic decision for OneAsia that will facilitate our plans for development and further expansion. It will be a huge advantage to have everyone working together in Hong Kong, which is such a key location,” Chun said.

“We fully understand Ben Sellenger’s wish to pursue other challenges at this time. He has done an outstanding job for us, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

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