Hong Kong, December 20: OneAsia’s ascendency will continue in 2012 with an expanded schedule featuring at least 14 events, three of them new tournaments, and an overall purse of nearly US$16 million.
An impressive line-up of million dollar events, including five national Opens, will be staged starting with the US$1 million Indonesia Open, to be played from March 15 to 18.
OneAsia will also welcome on board for the first time, the China Classic, the Guangzhou Open and the PGA Championship of Malaysia.
The Guangzhou event will be the final tournament of the season and be staged from December 13 to 16.
Returning to the schedule having successfully been staged in 2011 are Korea’s three leading events the Kolon Korea Open, the GS Caltex Maekyung Open and the SK Telecom Open.
The Nanshan China Masters, the Thailand Open and the Volvo China Open, joint sanctioned with The European Tour, will also be back in 2012.
OneAsia will once again head to Australia for the Emirates Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
The dates for the two Australian events, the Kolon Korea Open and the Nanshan tournament will be confirmed shortly.
The High 1 Resort Open in Korea, which had to be cancelled this year due to inclement weather, will also be held next season as will the Dongfeng Nissan Cup, a team event between Asia Pacific and China.
This exciting new team tournament was inaugurated at the weekend and saw Asia Pacific beat China by a single point at Tycoon Golf Club in Shenzhen.
“We have been able to increase our number of events and prize money in 2012 which is something we have done every season since we started OneAsia in 2009. We had five events in that first year, held 10 tournaments in 2010, and featured 11 this season. It has been a rapid growth which provides endless opportunities to our members,” said Sang Y. Chun, Commissioner and Chairman, OneAsia.
Added Chun: “OneAsia was founded by the PGA of Australia, the China Golf Association, the Korea Golf Tour and the Korea Golf Association and we are delighted that our schedule features tournaments spread across all of the respective regions. It is also extremely rewarding to stage events in places like Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and we are confident that further additions will be made to the schedule in 2012.”
The 2011 OneAsia season came to an exciting conclusion earlier this month when Australian Greg Chalmers won the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola. The lefthander also won the Emirates
Australian Open to become the first player to win back-to-back titles on OneAsia.
American Tiger Woods competed in the Emirates Australian Open contributing to record television ratings and the attendance of nearly 70,000 spectators during the week.
Andre Stolz from Australia claimed the OneAsia Order of Merit title. He earned US$464,811 in nine events, including victories in the Indonesia PGA Championship and Thailand Open, with Korean Kim Kyung-tae in second place after banking US$327,178.
With an exciting and lucrative year of tournament golf ahead in 2012 the OneAsia Qualifying School has been inundated with entrants.
The Qualifying School’s First Stages are taking place this month and in January in Melbourne, Australia, and in the States of Johor and Sabah, Malaysia.
Competitors will head to the Final Stage which will be held at the prestigious Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
A total of 144 players will compete for over 20 OneAsia cards through four rounds of golf from January 10 to 13.
2012 OneAsia Schedule:
Qualifying School, Final Stage, Sutera Harbour G&CC, Malaysia, January 10 to 13
Indonesia Open, Venue TBC, March 15 to 18, US$1 million
Volvo China Open, Binhai Lake GC, Tianjin, China, April 19 to 22, RMB 20,000,000 (Joint sanctioned with The European Tour)
GS Caltex Maekyung Open, Namseoul G&CC, Korea, May 10 to 13, KRW 1,000,000,000
SK Telecom Open, Pinx GC, Korea, May 17 to 20, KRW 900,000,000
Thailand Open, Suwon G&CC, August 16 to 19, US$1 million
High1 Resort Open, High 1 CC, Korea, August 23 to 26, KRW 1,000,000,000
PGA Championship of Malaysia, Venue TBC, September 13 to 16, Prize money TBA
China Classic, Venue TBC, October 11 to 14, US$1 million
Guangzhou Open, Venue TBC, December 13 to 16, US$1 million
Nanshan China Masters, Nanshan International GC, China, Date TBC, US$1 million
Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, Hyatt Regency GC, Coolum, Date TBC, AUS$1.5 million
Emirates Australian Open, The Lakes GC, Date TBC, AUS$1.5 million
Kolon Korea Open, Woo Jeong Hills CC, Date TBC, KRW 1,000,000,000
Dongfeng Nissan Cup, Venue TBC, China, Date TBC (Specially approved team event sanctioned by OneAsia and China Golf Association.)
*Dates subject to change.