China’s Next Golfing Stars to Compete in Volvo Championship

Volvo will stage  the official junior match play championship in China, at Lion Lake Country Club, 2nd-5th October. Innovative changes both to the format and the qualification process will attract a field of world-class youngsters.

Just as the game of golf is growing so quickly throughout the nation, some of its bright new stars are emerging onto the sport’s global stage. In April this year, Guan Tian Lang became the youngest-ever player in a European Tour event when he competed in the Volvo China Open at the age of just 13. Two months later, Andy Zhang from Beijing attracted a huge amount of attention as he teed off in the US Open. The future of Chinese golf looks to be in safe hands, and Volvo is proud to play a leading role in helping to move this forward.

The Volvo China Junior Match Play Championshipis the new name for what has been the Volvo China Junior Championship since 2005, and it reflects both a change in the format and in the qualification criteria. The official championship is adopting the innovative 'champions league' style which has been in place for some time in the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the European Tour.

There will be four categories of players; Boys and Girls aged 15 to 17, and Boys and Girls from 11 to 14.

Format wise, each of the four categories has 12 players that will be drawn into 4 groups of 3. Each group will play match play round-robin and after that, there will be knock-out matches to determine positions 1-12.

The qualification process has also progressed and will be based on the R & A's World Amateur Golf Rankings as well as the China Golf Association's rankings, allowing entry for the best-possible quality field.

The senior boys' champion will receive an invitation to play in the 2013 Volvo China Open, and the senior girls’ winner will be invited to play in the Pro-Am at the same event where she will be able to watch and learn from playing alongside one of the top professionals.

The venue for the tournament reflects the first-class quality for which Volvo always strives. The beautiful Moon Course at Lion Lake Country Club has been recognised as a top-10 layout by Golf Digest magazine, and it also has a proven track record having previously hosted qualifying events for the Volvo China Open. It will provide a challenging test for the young stars of tomorrow.

Volvo became the first western brand to engage with golf in China via the first Volvo China Open in 1995. Since then, working closely with the China Golf Association, the relationship with golf in this key market has gone from strength to strength.

The Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship will take place at Lion Lake Country Club in Guangdong Province, Southern China, from October 2nd to October 5th, 2012. The 19th staging of the Volvo China Open will take place from May 2nd to May 5th 2013, returning to the Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club in North-east China.

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