GIV­ING BACK UBS Hong Kong Open launched first ever “Com­mu­nity Open Day”

Open Day deep­ens grass­roots and part­ner­ships with ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions and char­i­ties. 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.

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Hong Kong, 21 Oc­to­ber: One day ahead of the 57th Hong Kong Open when the world’s lead­ing golfers com­peted 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, ropeskip­ping 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 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.”

“As we wel­come a new gen­er­a­tion of fans, we are de­lighted to open the Club to the pub­lic on Com­mu­nity Day and for Free Thurs­day,” said Ken­neth Lam, Cap­tain of the Hong Kong Golf Club. He added. “Th­ese are part of the on­go­ing pro­grams high­light­ing our com­mit­ment to the devel­op­ment of golf in Hong Kong, the main goal of which is to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers in golf.”

To­day also saw the launch the GOLF In­spires! by In­spire HK Sport Foun­da­tion. Sup­ported by Friends of Asia, Hong Kong Golf As­so­ci­a­tion and the Hong Kong Golf Club, or­gan­is­ers launched the golf ed­u­ca­tion program for un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents that are taught by pro­fes­sional coaches. Par­tic­i­pants also par­took com­pe­ti­tions for free, and prac­ticed and com­peted with free pro­fes­sional equip­ment.

With sup­port from the Hong Kong Gov­ern­ment’s Mega Events Fund (MEF) and the re­turn of long-time sup­porter UBS as ti­tle spon­sor in 2015, the UBS Hong Kong Open has ex­panded its out­reach and cre­ated new part­ner­ships with a num­ber of ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions and char­i­ties. To­gether with key part­ners and spon­sors, the Or­gan­is­ers have im­ple­mented a se­ries of new com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives:

Free Thurs­day: A new scheme of­fers free ad­mis­sion to the tour­na­ment on the event’s open­ing day, giv­ing vis­i­tors, lo­cal golf en­thu­si­asts and new fans an op­por­tu­nity to watch some of the

world’s great­est golfers and ex­pe­ri­ence the unique at­mos­phere of the beau­ti­fully tra­di­tional Hong Kong Golf Club at no cost on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 22nd.

UBS Hong Kong Char­ity Cup: Work­ing with Friends of Asia, the of­fi­cial char­ity of the Cham­pi­onship, Or­ga­niz­ers has cre­ated a new post-event char­ity tour­na­ment to raise funds for its com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives. The 2015 UBS Hong Kong Char­ity Cup took place at the Hong Kong Golf Club, Fan­ling on Oc­to­ber, 28th.

HK Spe­cial Olympics Golf Clinic: Chil­dren with spe­cial needs had an hour of golf clin­ics with star golfers Li Hao Tong and Padraig Har­ring­ton, on Thurs­day af­ter­noon and this pro­vided ev­ery­one with the op­por­tu­nity to be a “Gift to the World.”

Blind Sport Fed­er­a­tion Fun Day: A out­reach program en­sur­ing the un­der­served groups, had a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the sports and en­joy a day of fun at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

Ed­u­ca­tion Tour for Hong Kong Polytech­nic Univer­sity Stu­dents: 22 mar­ket­ing stu­dents had an ed­u­ca­tion tour of Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day morn­ing cov­er­ing the Club, the Vil­lage, Tour­na­ment Op­er­a­tions, Me­dia Cen­tre, Mar­quee and Struc­tures. De­signed and cus­tom­ized for the as­pir­ing sports man­age­ment stu­dents, the be­hind the scene tour is first of its kind in the City to give the lo­cal stu­dents one-of-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ence to a ma­jor sports events.

Stu­dents Re­porters Day for Hong Kong Bap­tist Univer­sity Stu­dents: 15 stu­dents from School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions had a chance to prac­tice their jour­nal­ism skills at the City’s pres­ti­gious sport­ing events. Web­site:www.ub­shkopen.com - UBS Group AG

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This year, the “UBS Hong Kong Open” is spon­sored by the Mega Events Fund (MEF) of the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Gov­ern­ment. The Fund was set up in 2009 to sup­port mega arts, cul­tural, sports and en­ter­tain­ment events to be staged in Hong Kong. With the ap­proval from the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee of the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil, the oper­a­tion of the Fund has been ex­tended for five years till end March 2017 with a view to at­tract­ing more in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed mega events to Hong Kong and re­in­forc­ing Hong Kong’s po­si­tion as the events cap­i­tal of Asia.

Left: The Hong Kong Rope Skip­ping Club staged an ex­cit­ing per­for­mance for the au­di­ence.

Above: The kids en­joyed a fun day out at the in­au­gu­ral “Com­mu­nity Open Day” of UBS Hong Kong Open 2015.

Above: Un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents 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 en­joyed ShortGolf with Star Play­ers Vic­tor Dubuis­son and Miguel An­gel Jimenez.

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