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Chinese award Jack Nicklaus

7.42am 15th April 2008 - People

Mission Hills Golf Club — the world’s largest collection of premier golf courses with 12 layouts designed by many of the greatest golfers and golf course architects from five continents – has announced that Jack Nicklaus will visit on 17th April and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the China Golf Association.

Winner of a record 18 professional major championships and designer of Mission Hills‘ World Cup Course, Nicklaus will also discuss his association with the new Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Masters and conduct a short golf clinic. To commemorate his work on the World Cup Course, Nicklaus will place his handprints in cement near the first tee.

“Jack is revered in China for both his record as a player and his accomplishments as a businessman,” says Tenniel Chu, executive director, Mission Hills Golf Club. “He was one of the first people to recognize the untapped promise that China held for golf.”

Nicklaus has designed 13 courses in China to date, including Mission Hills‘ World Cup Course. Opened in 1994, it has hosted a variety of international events, including the 41st World Cup of Golf in 1995. Known for its large, speedy greens and deep bunkers, it’s widely regarded as one of the finest courses in Asia.

The ‘Golden Bear‘s’ commitment to developing the sport in China continues through his association with the new Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Masters.

“Mission Hills is dedicated to promoting golf among Chinese youth and welcomes Jack’s involvement,” says Chu. “His name is associated with greatness and lends even further credence to our efforts to foster the next generation of major championship contenders.”

Mission Hills Golf Club www.missionhillsgroup.com
Jack Nicklaus www.nicklaus.com

       

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