SHENZHEN, China – Greg Norman has partnered with Mission Hills Group to help develop Chinese juniors for the return of golf to the Olympics in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The nonprofit Greg Norman Mission Hills Junior Development Program made its debut recently at Mission Hills Shenzhen.
A total of 39 participants, ages 11-15, were selected based on trials and references by China’s provincial golf associations. More will be selected throughout the year.
“For golf to attain its full potential in China, promising juniors must be identified and moulded at an early age,” Norman said in a statement. “This is one of several strategic initiatives we champion to combat golf’s barriers to participation. It’s vital for the sport’s health to provide elite instruction to our gifted young players.”
Norman will serve as a tournament ambassador at the inaugural Mission Hills Star Trophy at Mission Hills Haikou on Oct. 28-31.
The program looks at golf instruction in a holistic way, covering a comprehensive list of topics and training methods, and is under the supervision of Norman and leading instructors from the Greg Norman Golf Foundation.
Mission Hills’ other junior golf initiatives include the club’s role as the official home of the Faldo Series Asia, establishment of the Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship and creation of the Mission Hills Golf Series Junior Tour.