Adrien Brody, Andy Garcia, Ryan Reynolds, Minka Kelly Highlight Confirmed Participants for Hainan Island Golf Tournament
Shanghai, 11 October 2012 - The 2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am is set to see a host of top Hollywood names exchange the red carpet for green fairways as they gather for the inaugural event at Mission Hills · Haikou on Hainan Island from 19-21 October.
Celebrity participants include Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, Oscar-nominated actor Andy Garcia, Canadian film and television actor Ryan Reynolds, American actress Minka Kelly and Korea’s top male movie star Jeong Woo-Seong. They will join a host of luminaries from Hong Kong and Mainland China in what is being billed as Asia’s biggest entertainment event of the year.
Talent from closer to home includes renowned film directors Feng Xiaogang, He Ping and Zhao Baogang; Chinese actors Wang Zhiwen, Zhang Jiayi and Sun Nan; plus, movie stars Eric Tsang, Simon Yam, Michael Wong, Michael Miu etc. Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen, the greatest action heroine Michelle Yeoh, Leon Lai, Gigi Leung, Charlie Young, Simon Yam, Twins and Jennifer Tse will attend the event activities too.
Mr. Donnie Yen Ji-Dan is Hong Kong's top action star. He is also the event ambassador of the event. He is widely credited for popularizing the traditional martial arts style known as Wing Chun. He played the role of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man in the 2008 film “Ip Man,” which was a box office success. Mr. Yen is very much looking forward to attend the event since it is the first time he went to Mission Hills Haikou and there will be a great line up of Chinese and International talents there.
Dr. Ken Chu, Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group said, “Mission Hills is about more than just golf. What we’re doing is creating general entertainment for people, so whether you’re into film, celebrities, golf, Kung Fu or just sport in general, there’s going to be something for you.”
With an outstanding performance in "The Pianist," the 29-year-old Adrien Brody became the youngest Oscar winner in history. The actor recently cooperated with renowned Chinese director Feng Xiaogang on the Chinese epic, "1942".
For his performance as the third-generation Godfather Vincent Mancini, Andy Garcia was nominated for a “Best Actor” Oscar. In 2011, Garcia played the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament. He said: I am honored to play along such a distinguished group. Golf for me is sublime, and I am positive that the experience in Mission Hills will only elevate that feeling"
The Hollywood stars won’t be alone as the event brings together a field comprising celebrities, actors, sporting legends and renowned golfers, while raising valuable funds for charitable beneficiaries like The Yao Ming Foundation and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Other confirmed star participants include 22-time Olympic medal winner Michael Phelps, former NBA Superstar Yao Ming, Brazilian football hero Ronaldo, former world No.1 tennis player Pat Cash and former world No. 1 snooker player Stephen Hendry.
From the world of golf, the field will boast no less than three major tournament winners in Darren Clarke, Ian Woosnam and Tony Jacklin, as well as four-time PGA TOUR winner and current PLAYERS Champion Matt Kuchar.
The pro-am will feature a number of corporate partners from the world of style and fashion including luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet, the ultimate high-performance sports car brand Porsche and internationally renowned golf and leisure footwear brand ECCO , Belgium Beer Stella Artois,. The list of supporting partners are Ballantine's, Lindt, Simmons, Trane, DAC, the 5100 Tibet glacier Mineral Water, Sunny Estate Wines, Paul & Shark, Visual Culture, Valerdictorian and Waterford.
Commenting on Audemars Piguet’s involvement with Mission Hills, David von Gunten, CEO of Audemars Piguet Mainland China and Hong Kong, said: “There has been a long association between Audemars Piguet and golf. This year, we are proud to be the official timekeeper of the World Celebrity Pro-Am tournament. Not only is the event promoting golf as a sport, it also helps raise fund for charities. We will further offer a wristwatch from our iconic Royal Oak collection as the hole-in-one prize at the par three 11th hole to show our appreciation to the participating golfers. It is our pleasure to co-operate with Mission Hills who shares the same vision and values as Audemars Piguet.”
Chief Executive Officer of Porsche China, Mr. Helmut Broeker, added, “We are delighted to collaborate with Mission Hills, we have a strong affinity with golf – many Porsche enthusiasts share a passion for this timeless sport as both represent performance, power and precision. Since 1948, Porsche has been dedicated to pushing the limit of the ultimate sports car for everyday use through constant innovation: golf has similarly seen continuous advances that challenge players. A key feature of our cooperation is a Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet as the hole-in-one prize on Blackstone’s par three, 15th hole. With innovative design and cutting-edge technologies, this iconic car is lighter, faster and more agile than before and therefore a worthy fit for the players at the World Celebrity Pro-Am.”
ECCO Asia Pacific Regional Director and China General Manager, Mr. George Kahwati commented, “Mission Hills is an important stage for Golf in China. As long term partners of this prestigious golfing destination, ECCO is proud to be part of this important event. Golf is an extremely significant category in our portfolio and ECCO is committed to delivering the best golf shoes by consistently innovating on technology and always using the best materials possible. We believe that this would be yet another world class golf event that will receive many consumers attention.
“Following the successful launch of Stella Artois in China last year, we are now very excited about this new broad and long-term cooperation with the Mission Hills Group. This partnership is a natural extension to our global portfolio of top sports and entertainment collaborations which includes amongst many others the Cannes Film Festival in France, the Sundance Film Festival in the United States and the Palermo Polo Tournament in Argentina. Moreover, spectators will enjoy the best beer and entertainment experience by attending the World Celebrity Pro-Am led by Stella Artois, our global super-premium beer brand,” said by Alexander Lambrecht, Director – Global Brands, Anheuser-Busch InBev Asia Pacific.
“Mission Hills is honored to have so many top-notch global brands as corporate partners for the World Celebrity Pro-Am,” adds Dr. Chu. “Like Mission Hills, they are the luxury brand leaders in their respective industries and stand for the best of the best.”
The internationally acclaimed tournament was first staged in 2010 and has already become one of the region's leading lifestyle and entertainment events. It will adopt a new tournament format to make it more entertaining and fun. The professional golfers will compete for a prize purse of 1 million US dollars.