Gangwon-do, 10 July: After no play was possible on the fourth day of the 2011 The Charity High1 Resort Open presented by SBS, organisers were forced to cancel the US$1 million event following numerous delays this week due to heavy rain and low cloud.
After only three players were able to complete their second rounds of High1 Country Club on Saturday, further low cloud returned to the mountains four hours North-East of Seoul on Sunday morning forcing the decision from OneAsia and Korean Golf Tour officials following discussions with the tournament sponsor.
With only one full round completed, 50% of the total prize money will be distributed evenly amongst the 153 professionals who started the week, although the figure will not count towards the OneAsia Order of Merit.
“Unfortunately because of the weather we have encountered over the four days this week we have made the decision not only to cancel the second round on Sunday, but also to cancel the event. Because it is evident that we are not going to get through 36 holes, the action has been taken after consultation with the sponsor,” said OneAsia Chief Executive Officer Ben Sellenger.
“There will not be an official winner. Only 50% of the total prize money will be paid in accordance with our regulations and the regulations of the Korean Golf Tour and that will be distributed evenly between all of the professional players who played this week.”
The event was added to the OneAsia schedule this year and was set to be the sixth stop of the 2011 season.
“It is a credit to both High1 Resort and the venue that despite the conditions that we have encountered, the players could not speak more highly enough of the course itself, which they have absolutely loved,” added Sellenger.
“And given the fact that most players and officials have been sitting around the hotel and the clubhouse for the last few days, the service has been fantastic. So what should be 156 extremely frustrated players has been made a lot easier by the hospitality we have received from High1.
“It’s a disappointing end to the week, but High1 definitely has a bright future with OneAsia.”
OneAsia continues next week as New Zealand’s Michael Hendry defends the Indonesia Open presented by Enjoy Jakarta title he won last year at Damai Indah Golf Club.
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OneAsia is a non-profit organisation developed to maximize elite tournament opportunities in Asia-Pacific. The Founding members of OneAsia are the China Golf Association, the Korea Golf Tour, the Korea Golf Association and the PGA of Australia. The mission of OneAsia is not just to allow the region's best players to gain access to more events, but to ultimately provide them with an alternative destination to the PGA Tour and the European Tour, thus retaining the best golfing talent in the region without compromising their development.