Open Day deepens grassroots and partnerships with service organizations and charities.
HONG KONG, 21 Oct 2015, (HK Golfer News Wire) – One day ahead of the 57th Hong Kong Open when the world’s leading golfers will compete for the City’s oldest professional sporting title, hundreds of local fans turned up at 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.
More than 350 youngsters accompanied by their parents took advantage of the UBS Hong Kong Open Community Golf Day at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. Some youngsters are from three of this year’s tournament charity (Friends of Asia) beneficiaries Playright Hospital Play Services, InspiringHK Sports Foundation and the Autism Partnership Foundation’s Aoi Pui School.
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 recorder 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 Championships in the US in 2012.
Giving back to the communities we operate in is in the DNA of all of our sponsorships at UBS. We are excited at the wide array of community activities instituted around this year’s UBS Hong Kong Open and were delighted to see so many excited children on the course today getting their first experience of golf,” said Ms Kathryn Shih, Head of UBS Wealth Management APAC.
Star golfers Victor Dubuisson and Miguel Angel Jimenez were on hand to meet with the children and general public, providing both practical tips and inspiration to the young fans.
“It’s fun and rewarding to see so many kids taking an interest in golf,” said Miguel Angel Jimenez, four-time UBS Hong Kong Open champion. “The most important thing is that they had fun and got to experience the game a little bit. Hopefully we will see many outstanding golfers from this crowd in the near future.”