Mexican professional golfer Lorena Ochoa holds the champion cup of the Mission Hills Star Trophy in Haikou, south China’s Hainan Province, Oct. 31, 2010. Lorena Ochoa won the prize in a total of 1.28 million US dollars for the trophy. The Mission Hills Star Trophy ended here today.
Former women’s world No.1 golfer Lorena Ochoa captured the individual professional title by downing 2010 Ryder Cup Europe captain Colin Montgomerie at the inaugural Mission Hills Star Trophy here on Sunday.
Golf legends and some big names in entertainment and sports played in the celebrity pro-am tournament.
The weekend play was in four-ball format between 18 pairs consisting of a celebrity and a professional, with a 36-hole mixed-gender individual professional event running simultaneously on the Blackstone (NYSE:BSL) Course.
The first-round leader Ochoa fired a sound 2-under in the second round to upset Montgomerie with a total score of 4-under 142, earning 1.28 million U.S. dollars, the richest individual prize in Asian golf.
The 29-year-old Mexican girl, who announced retirement in April, was also awarded the title of "Haikou golf tourism ambassador" by the local government.
The galaxy of stars competing at the new luxury golf Mission Hills resort on Hainan Island includes A-list celebrities such as Hollywood actors Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant.
Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang and Chinese Taipei’s golfer Candie Kung won the pro-am competition with a prize money of 100,000 dollars.
The Mission Hills Star Trophy, beamed to over 150 counties and regions and draws near 120,000 audiences, is one of the first major events supporting a government-led plan to build the tropical island Hainan into an international tourism island.
"Since the founding of Mission Hills in 1992, we have led the way in the development of China’s golf and lifestyle culture. The creation of the truly unique Mission Hills Star Trophy at our new Hainan development is the logical extension of that commitment and expertise," Tenniel Chu, executive director of the Mission Hills Group, said here on Sunday.
"Bringing together the stars in Asia’s premier golf event is another indication of our determination to help grow Hainan into an exciting tourism destination," added Chu.
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