July 29, 2008: Chengdu-born golfer Huang Mingjie says the inaugural Luxehills Golf Championship, the sixth stop on this year’s Omega China Tour, will provide a morale-boosting sporting event for Sichuan Province as it recovers from the devastation of the May 12 earthquake.
The RMB800,000 event will be held from September 4-7 at the Luxehills International Country Club, which will later play host to the Ninth National Golf Clubs General Managers Conference from October 13-16.
“Hosting an event on the Omega China Tour after the earthquake is very important for Chengdu and will have a good effect for local people and on tourism. Chengdu people are very optimistic and positive after the earthquake,” said the 27-year-old Huang, who has finished fourth and fifth in the Omega Order of Merit in the last two years.
“Sichuan is a beautiful province and Chengdu people know how to enjoy life and live happily. Golf is a very leisurely sport, so it fits the rhythm of Chengdu people's lives. I think many local people will go to watch the tournament and I know they will warmly welcome all the visitors.”
The Luxehills Golf Championship had originally been scheduled for June 5-8 when it was set to conclude the first part of the Tour before the three-month break for the Olympics. However, it was postponed in the aftermath of the tragic Sichuan Earthquake and now tees off the last four events of the revised nine-event schedule.