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14-YEAR-OLD HUANG WINS ANNIKA INVITATIONAL AT MISSION HILLS IN CHINA

News Archive|2019-03-01
The top three finishers overall, Huang, Inagaki and Yin earn exemptions into the prestigious 2020 ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. “I was really nervous today, especially on the last three holes with Annika watching, but I’m so happy now,” said a smiling Huang, who was playing in her third ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills and won her age group in last year’s IMG Junior World Championship. More than 80 girls from eight different countries and territories competed over 54 holes of stroke play on the par-72 Annika Course, one of 22 courses across two locations at Mission Hills.  Players can now look forward to the tenth ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in 2020 following this week’s announcement that the annual event will return to the world’s largest golf facility in southern China until at least 2023. The first all-girls international event in China, the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills was launched in 2011 and has established itself as the pre-eminent female junior event in Asia.  Since its inception, the event has hosted over 1,000 players, many of whom have gone on to play Division I collegiate golf in the United States and several have succeeded at the professional level.  The ANNIKA Invitational is a highlight of the Mission Hills Junior Golf Program, which provides access to golf for tens of thousands of juniors each year – from beginners through to elite amateurs – through more than 50 junior tournaments, coaching, camps and clinics, a schools’ initiative, a golf scholarship programme with The R&A, free access for juniors to three of its courses, and free entry into the Dr. David Chu Golf Museum at Mission Hills, the first in China. Since 2005, Mission Hills has invested more than six million US dollars into its junior program; and more than 100,000 competitive rounds have been played by juniors at Mission Hills.  It was voted Best Youth Development Program in Asia in 2018 and EFG Bank was unveiled this week as an Official Partner. Each year, the ANNIKA Foundation conducts five other major golf events for juniors: the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex, ANNIKA Invitational Europe, ANNIKA Cup, ANNIKA Invitational Latin America and ANNIKA Invitational Australasia. They are complemented by the ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M and the ANNIKA Award presented by 3M, which is annually bestowed to the most outstanding female Division I golfer. Since the inaugural Foundation tournament – the 2009 ANNIKA Invitational USA – 45 ANNIKA event alumnae have earned LPGA cards, with more than 600 playing golf at the collegiate level. Leading final scores: Girls’ 13-18: 204 – Huang Ting-Hsuan (TPE) 69 64 71; 206 – Nanako Inagaki (JPN) 69 66 71; 208 – Yin Ruo-Ning (CHN) 67 71 70.  Girls’ 10-12: 233 – Sophie Han (HKG) 80 75 78; 244 – Chen Pin-Hsi (TPE) 87 79 78, Wang Xin-Yu (CHN) 79 81 84.  Girls’ 8-9: 235 – Liu Yu-Jie (CHN) 79 78 78; 245 – Leung Hei-Tung (HKG) 83 82 80; 257 – Wang Xi Zi Lin (HKG) 84 89 84 Photos: Photo 1 – 2019 ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills Champion, Huang Ting-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei at Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen, China Photo 2 – Huang Ting-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei receives an exemption into the 2019 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open from golfing legend Annika Sorenstam and Tenniel Chu, Group Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills China Photo 3 – Winners and officials at the 2019 ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, held at Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen, ChinaAbout the Mission Hills Junior Golf Program:

ANNIKA Invitational and Mission Hills China Extend Agreement to 2023

News Archive|2019-03-01
The Mission Hills Group and ANNIKA Foundation Agree to Five-year Contract Extension to Continue Partnership in Hosting ANNIKA Invitational in China (ORLANDO, Fla.) – The ANNIKA Foundation – golf Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization – and the Mission Hills Group are proud to announce a five-year extension to host the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills through 2023. The first all-girls international event to come to China, the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills was first hosted in 2011 and has established itself as the preeminent female junior event in Asia. Since its inception, the event has hosted over 1,000 players, many of whom have gone on to play Division I collegiate golf in the United States, and succeeded at the professional level. “The ANNIKA Invitational is one of the highlights of our annual junior golf program at Mission Hills, which features more than 50 tournaments for tens of thousands of young Chinese golfers each year,” says Tenniel Chu, Group Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills. “We look forward to continuing our mission together with Annika to grow girls’ golf in China and across the region for many more years to come.” “I’m so proud of what this event has become over the years and I’m always so inspired by the talent that we see each year,” adds Annika, who designed the host Annika Course and annually attends the tournament. “The ANNIKA Foundation is proud of its partnership with Mission Hills and looks forward to a bright future with this event.” The Mission Hills Junior Golf Program provides access to golf for tens of thousands of juniors each year, from beginners through to elite amateurs, through 50+ junior tournaments plus coaching, camps & clinics, schools’ initiative, free access for juniors to three courses and free entry into China’s first golf museum. Since 2005, Mission Hills has invested more than $6 million into its junior programming; and more than 100,000 competitive rounds have been played by juniors at Mission Hills. It was voted Best Youth Development Program in Asia in 2018 and EFG Bank was recently unveiled as an Official Partner. Each year, the ANNIKA Foundation conducts five other major golf events for juniors: the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex, ANNIKA Invitational Europe, ANNIKA Cup, ANNIKA Invitational Latin America and ANNIKA Invitational Australasia. They are complemented by the ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M and the ANNIKA Award presented by 3M, which is annually bestowed to the most outstanding female Division I golfer. Since the inaugural Foundation tournament – the 2009 ANNIKA Invitational USA – 45 ANNIKA event alumnae have earned LPGA cards, with more than 600 playing golf at the collegiate level. For more information, please visit www.annikafoundation.org Photo 1: Tenniel Chu (left), Group Vice Chairman of Mission Hills and golfing legend Annika Sorenstam (right) announce a five-year extension to the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China Photos 2-4: Annika Sorenstam gives one of her famous ‘Share My Passion’ clinics to competitors at the 2019 ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China

MISSION HILLS AND EFG BANK ANNOUNCE SPONSORSHIP DEAL TO SUPPORT JUNIOR GOLF IN CHINA

News Archive|2019-02-28
[Shenzhen, China – 28th February 2019] EFG Bank has been unveiled as the first Official Partner of the Mission Hills Junior Golf Program in a deal that sees the Swiss private bank join forces with the Mission Hills Group to extend both parties’ commitment to emerging talent in Greater China. The partnership was announced during the ninth ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills Shenzhen resort in southern China and witnessed by 10-time Major Champion Annika Sorenstam.  The all-girls event is one of more than 50 junior tournaments staged by Mission Hills across its two locations, which span 40 square kilometers and 22 golf courses, making it the world’s largest golf facility. With its regional headquarters in Hong Kong, EFG Bank has a strong track-record of supporting golf in the region.  Hong Kong’s first Olympic golfer, Tiffany Chan – also the first Hong Kong player on the LPGA Tour – is Global Sport Ambassador.  25-year-old Chan has received backing from EFG since her junior days through the EFG Young Athletes’ Foundation, which now supports 15-year-old Chloe Chan, a member of the Hong Kong national golf team, and talented showjumper Vincent Capol, also from Hong Kong, The Swiss private bank is also title sponsor of the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open for the third consecutive year, which returns to the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling on May 10-12.  The winner of the 2019 ANNIKA Invitational will be offered a start in the fifth edition of the professional Tour event. Albert Chiu, Executive Chairman, Asia Pacific, EFG Bank said: “We are delighted to partner with Mission Hills to help develop young golfing talents here in China, adding to our existing efforts to offer aspiring local athletes an opportunity to reach their full potential and hopefully one day represent their nation.  We began our golf journey a decade ago, when we met Tiffany, and I am absolutely thrilled to see her develop into the golfer and young lady she is today.  Through EFG Young Athletes Foundation’s scholarship programme, which is open to all sports, we are pleased to contribute to the development of junior golfer Chloe Chan and showjumper Vincent Capol, who did fantastically at the recent Longines Masters.” Tenniel Chu, Group Vice Chairman of Mission Hills commented:  “Since my late father founded Mission Hills in 1992, it has been our family’s strong desire to grow golf in China and create access to the sport for a new generation of Chinese players.  Along the way we have been blessed with the endorsement of golfing legends like Annika and global bodies such as The R&A and the PGA of America.  Now we are thrilled to welcome EFG Bank as the first commercial partner of our Junior Golf Program, an organization with a proven and like-minded commitment to nurturing talent and whose support will mean more opportunities for more young golfers in China.” World Golf Hall of Fame member Sorenstam said:  “Congratulations to Mission Hills and EFG Bank on this long-term commitment.  We all share a passion for growing this great game, especially here in China, and I am excited that the players in this year’s ANNIKA Invitational have the added incentive of a start in the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open.” Photos: Photo 1: Tenniel Chu (left), Group Vice Chairman, Mission Hills and Albert Chiu (right), Executive Chairman, Asia Pacific, EFG Bank announce EFG’s sponsorship of the Mission Hills Junior Golf Program in China.  The signing ceremony took place during the ninth ANNIKA Invitational all-girls tournament at the Mission Hills Shenzhen resort with golfing legend Annika Sorenstam (centre) also in attendance. Photo 2: Albert Chiu (second from left), Executive Chairman, Asia Pacific, EFG Bank presents an exemption into the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open for the winner of the 2019 ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills to golfing legend, Annika Sorenstam (third from left), Mission Hills Group Vice-Chairman, Tenniel Chu (far left) and Patrick Quernemoen (right), COO of the PGA of America Golf Academies at Mission Hills.  


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