The inaugural “Community Open Day”, part of the grassroots program to introduce golf to a broader audience and make the UBS Hong Kong Open more accessible to the public than ever before, was launched at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling, one day before the official UBS Hong Kong Open tournaments started.
More than 350 youngsters accompanied by their parents took advantage of this opportunity to experience their first exposure to golf, including kids from Playright Hospital Play Services, InspiringHK Sports Foundation and the Autism Partnership Foundation’s Aoi Pui School – the 3 designated beneficiaries for this year.
The kids enjoyed a fun day out, with many visiting a golf course and playing golf for the first time. Part of the family-oriented community program included arts & crafts, introductory golf programs, rope-skipping and other interactive games. All registered participants of the Open Day also received two complimentary season passes for the tournament.
The Hong Kong Rope Skipping Club staged an exciting performance for the audience. Among them is the rope-skipping world record holder Mr Timothy Ho Chu Ting, who represented Hong Kong and set a world record of 500 skips in three minutes at the Rope Skipping World Championship in the US in 2012.
Star golfers Victor Dubuisson and Miguel Angel Jimenez were on hand to meet with the children and the general public, providing both practical tips and inspiration to the young fans.
The event also saw the launch of GOLF Inspires! by InspiringHK Sports Foundation. Supported by Friends of Asia Hong Kong, Hong Kong Golf Association and the Hong Kong Golf Club, the organizers will launch the golf education program for underprivileged students that will be taught by professional coaches. Participants will also join competitions for free, and practice and compete with free professional equipment.
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