Suzann Pettersen Wins Mission Hills World Ladies' Championship
Inbee Park and Ha Neul Kim today claimed victory for South Korea in the Team Competition at the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills Haikou in China. The pair finished the four day tournament with a combined score of 560, 16 under par.
Pettersen fired a bogey-free six under 66 on the Sandbelt Trails Course on a hot and sunny final day at Mission Hills Haikou in tropical Hainan, southern China.
“I felt like there was a 64 out there today and I got off to a good start. My goal was to get it to 20 under par. I said if I get beat at 20, I can live with it. I know Inbee is in there and if she just gets one look at a putt, it’s in, so I had to bring my best and the putter was hot today,” Pettersen said. “I’m very happy with how the game is and I’m just very happy to see the work that the China Golf Association does with the kids and how they grow the game.”
Pettersen saved her best golf of the week until the final day and she said: “I knew it would take the best to get this trophy but I was really keen on winning this tournament and it sets me up for a good start for this new year.”
Park fell behind early in the round and rallied with four birdies in five holes around the turn, however the 24-year-old World No.4 from Seoul stalled with a bogey on 15 which gave Pettersen a two stroke advantage.
Although Park birdied the par-5 18th, after hitting her second shot into a bunker short of the green, she couldn’t close the gap.
Pettersen chipped from the side of the 18th green and took two putts to claim her 16th worldwide tournament victory and her sixth Ladies European Tour title.
She added: “I’ve been really enjoying myself here and I feel comfortable. I like coming back and playing on the European Tour.”
Park said: “I don’t really worry about the team competition because we had a big lead for the last three days. I think we are pretty comfortable for the team event. So I just focus on the game as an individual today because I wanted to win this tournament. I didn’t play great today but Suzann played great so she did it. I am happy that we won as a team. It was a great experience.”
The 2012 event champion Shanshan Feng finished third on 11 under par and was the leading Chinese player. World No.5 Feng said: “I think I played pretty well today. I had four birdies in the first eight holes, even though I was kind of having a little too much thinking in my head, so I didn’t make birdie on seven or eight, but I made two birdies in the last three, so I’m really happy about today’s play and I would say 11 under is not a bad score.”
Her younger namesake Simin Feng, aged 17, took the leading amateur prize, ending in a share of 35th place at three over and one stroke clear of nearest rival Michelle Cheung.
Meanwhile, Ha Neul Kim took another honour by being voted the best dressed player on course as voted for by the public, with an incredible 1,016,191 votes cast in her favour during the tournament. She beats last year’s winner Danielle Montgomery of England into second place, who garnered an equally impressive 902,672 votes. The annual competition was launched on Wednesday evening at the official Opening Ceremony which saw the players trade golf gear for cocktail dresses and has steadily grown as voters from China and around the world have had their say on the outfits spotted on course.
Speaking of the accolade, the striking South Korean, dressed in blue and white to match team-mate Park on Sunday, said: “I like to dress pretty on the course and then I can focus on the game.”
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Mission Hills World Ladies Championship
Sandbelt Trails Course, Mission Hills Haikou Resort, Hainan, China
7-10 March 2013
Individual Strokeplay Event Final Scores:
270 - Suzann Pettersen (NOR) 70 67 67 66
271 - Inbee Park (KOR) 68 65 69 69
277 - Shanshan Feng (CHN) 70 69 72 66
278 - Soo Jin Yang (KOR) 69 69 68 72, Bo-Mi Suh (KOR) 68 69 72 69
279 - Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 70 67 72 70
280 - Dewi Claire Schreefel (NLD) 71 71 68 70
281 - Hyo-Joo Kim (KOR) 68 70 71 72, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 67 74 69 71, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 71 63 74 73, Xi Yu Lin (CHN) 72 67 71 71
282 - Trish Johnson (ENG) 70 69 74 69, Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) 69 71 69 73, Beth Allen (USA) 72 73 67 70, Bree Arthur (AUS) 70 74 69 69
284 - Kristie Smith (AUS) 69 70 75 70, Karen Lunn (AUS) 72 71 70 71
285 - Stefania Croce (ITA) 70 75 67 73, Nikki Campbell (AUS) 72 72 73 68
286 - Sophie Walker (ENG) 67 75 70 74
287 - Sophie Giquel-Bettan (FRA) 73 69 72 73
288 - Stacy Lee Bregman (ZAF) 70 72 74 72, Nontaya Srisawang (THA) 74 69 73 72, Holly Aitchison (ENG) 69 73 73 73
289 - Felicity Johnson (ENG) 72 72 75 70, Caroline Afonso (FRA) 72 73 74 70, Ha-Neul Kim (KOR) 69 72 71 77, Stephanie Na (AUS) 70 72 75 72, Valentine Derrey (FRA) 68 72 79 70
290 - Linda Wessberg (SWE) 67 77 71 75, Laura Davies (ENG) 70 74 73 73, Joanna Klatten (FRA) 76 69 73 72, Lydia Hall (WAL) 73 72 78 67, Stacey Keating (AUS) 73 72 74 71
291 - Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) 76 71 73 71, Elizabeth Bennett (ENG) 73 72 72 74, Simin Feng (CHN) 72 71 69 79
292 - Michelle Cheung (HKG) 72 73 73 74, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 72 71 76 73, Kylie Walker (SCO) 71 70 75 76, Carly Booth (SCO) 74 72 74 72
293 - Jia Yun Li (CHN) 76 69 77 71, Klara Spilkova (CZE) 71 71 76 75, Melissa Reid (ENG) 72 72 73 76
294 - Yoon Kyung Heo (KOR) 73 70 72 79, Hannah Jun (USA) 71 76 74 73
295 - Florentyna Parker (ENG) 71 74 76 74, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 72 72 76 75, Russamee Gulyanamitta (THA) 72 70 78 75, Na Zhang (CHN) 74 70 73 78, Mikaela Parmlid (SWE) 74 67 73 81
296 - Jaruporn Palakawong Na Ayutthaya (THA) 70 71 75 80, Lee-Anne Pace (ZAF) 72 72 75 77
297 - Becky Brewerton (WAL) 72 72 75 78, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 70 77 76 74
298 - Li Ying Ye (CHN) 73 71 78 76
299 - Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 76 75 70 78
300 - Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 79 73 70 78, Narisara Kerdrit (THA) 69 74 80 77, Marjet Van Der Graaff (NLD) 74 81 72 73
301 - Yue Xia Lu (CHN) 73 72 77 79
302 - Steffi Kirchmayr (GER) 78 75 73 76
305 - Leigh Whittaker (GER) 74 77 74 80
306 - Miyari Honda (JPN) 75 77 76 78
307 - Diana Luna (ITA) 78 79 76 74
311 - Carin Koch (SWE) 81 79 75 76
314 - Mikado Kanemiya (JPN) 76 73 80 85
Mission Hills World Ladies Championship
Sandbelt Trails Course, Mission Hills Haikou Resort, Hainan, China
7-10 March 2013
Team Event Final Scores (aggregate competition by country team):
560 – Korea (Inbee Park and Ha Neul Kim)
565 – Norway (Suzann Pettersen and Marianne Skarpnord)
570 – Thailand (Nontaya Srisawang and Ariya Jutanugarn)
572 – England (Laura Davies and Trish Johnson)
573 – France (Gwladys Nocera and Anne-Lise Caudal)
574 – Australia (Karen Lunn and Stacey Keating)
574 – China 2 (Xiyu Lin and Jia Yun Li)
575 – China (Shanshan Feng and Li Ying Ye)
576 – USA (Beth Allen and Hannah Jun)
578 – Spain (Carlota Ciganda and Tania Elosegui)
580 – Netherlands (Dewi-Claire Schreefel and Marjet Van der Graaff)
584 – Scotland (Carly Booth and Kylie Walker)
584 – South Africa (Lee-Anne Pace and Stacy Lee Bregman)
586 – Italy (Diana Luna and Veronica Zorzi)
587 – Wales (Lydia Hall and Becky Brewerton)
599 – Finland (Minea Blomqvist and Ursula Wikstrom)
602 – Sweden (Pernilla Lindberg and Carin Koch)
607 – Germany (Steffi Kirchmayr and Leigh Whittaker)
620 – Japan (Miyari Honda and Mikado Kanemiya)
About Mission Hills Group
Mission Hills Group (www.missionhillschina.com), owner and operator of Mission Hills Shenzhen, Mission Hills Dongguan and Mission Hills Hainan, is the pioneer in China’s fledgling hospitality, sports and leisure industry.
Mission Hills, recognized as the leading golf brand in the world and synonymous with high-end, luxurious residences of rare and exquisite design, has created two world-class leisure and wellness resorts. It has held more than 100 international tournaments, including the 1995 World Cup of Golf and the Tiger Woods China Challenge in 2001. In 2007, Mission Hills began its role as host of an unprecedented 12 editions of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.
Mission Hills Hainan
Mission Hills Haikou lies in the volcanic region of exotic Hainan Island, China. Nestled amid lush, green gardens, it features 10 acclaimed tournament courses by Schmidt-Curley Design, each one incorporating the native lava rock formations. In US GOLF Magazine, Lava Fields named #1 Best New International Course of 2011 and Blackstone named #2 "Best New International Course of 2010. Lava Fields ranked a World Top 100 course by Golf World in UK and Asian Golf Monthly ranked Blackstone named #1 Course in China, and #1 Championship Course in Asia-Pacific.
Other resort offerings include 518 elegantly designed guest rooms and suites, 29 elegant spa villas, a three-story clubhouse, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, 12 world-class restaurants, a fully-equipped sports and recreation center, Hainan’s only aquatic theme park, therapeutic volcanic mineral springs showcasing centuries-old bathing philosophies from five continents, a grandiose bamboo and volcanic rock constructed spa oasis, shopping arcade and many other facilities. In 2012, The Guinness World Records recognized Mission Hills • Haikou as the "World’s Largest Spa & Mineral Springs".
Construction has begun on a low-carbon-footprint town center. It will be a hub for business, leisure, wellness, entertainment and cultural exchanges. Highlights include Mission Hills Lan Kwai Fong Haikou, a joint project with Hong Kong's Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) Group. It boasts 240,000sqm of shopping, entertainment, cultural and dining attractions. Several hotels will also be featured, among them Marriott International's Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance brands, and Hard Rock Hotel.
The new Mission Hills • Huayi Brothers • Feng Xiaogang Movie-Themed Town with a grand opening scheduled in 2014, is destined to become a major entertainment and commercial district in Haikou. The 930,000 square-meter site will showcase six professional movie studios, as well as numerous dining, entertainment, shopping, cinema, cafe, bar and hotel facilities. The combination of iconic film elements and 24-hour dining and shopping districts will further establish Mission Hills Haikou as a leading business, entertainment, cultural and leisure destination in China.
Mission Hills Haikou has hosted several international profile tournaments including two editions of World Celebrity Pro-Am tournament, a ground-breaking celebrity pro-am golf tournament for Asia, the 56th World Cup of Golf in November 2011 and two editions of World Ladies Championship. A magnificent addition to Hainan’s tropical island paradise, Mission Hills Haikou is poised to become the island’s premier sanctuary, attracting visitors from around the globe.
Getting There: Mission Hills Haikou is 15 minutes from Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK). Flights from major cities throughout Asia — including Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore — to Haikou are available.
For further information, please contact:Kitty Wu
brandRapport, Asia Pacific
Tel: +852 2815 9867
Cell: +86 155 4684 5773
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