The inaugural Mission Hills Star Trophy teed off here on Thursday with the participation of several biggest names in entertainment and sports.
The gound-breaking celebrity golf pro-am tournament, being held from October 28-31, includes eight-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Hollywood movie star Catherine Zeta-Jones, British actor Hugh Grant, as well as local stars, such as movie director Feng Xiaogang and actor Chen Daoming.
The superstar participants will be part of a field that includes 20 celebrities, 20 professionals and 120 amateurs. A total of 18 groups consisting of a celebrity, a professional golfer and three amateurs in each, will compete in pro-am format during the first two days.
The weekend play will then be in four-ball stroke play format among 18 teams, consisting of a celebrity and a professional, with a 36-hole individual professional event running simultaneously on the Blackstone Course.
The pro event offers a $1.28 million champion prize, the richest individual prize in Asian golf.
The Mission Hills Star Trophy will be broadcasted live to over 150 countries and regions across the world. It is one of the first major events supporting a government-led initiative to make Hainan a leading international tourism destination in the coming years.
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