The global amateur golf competition, where thousands of participants will compete at qualifying events in 100 destinations worldwide, is one of the several international sports organizations backed by Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries than any other.
The 76th of 100 qualifiers for the global event, which in the first year started with 12 events and 700 players, has grown every year since the tournament's inception. Now in the fifth year of staging the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, last year boasted 8,000 players competing globally. This year Colombo featured 103 players.
Hogyun Park won the individual competition with 42 points and progresses to the Grand Final in Antalya, Turkey, this October and November. Ken de Alwes was runner-up, Robert Evans was third and Phillipe Covarel and Niranjali Amarasooriya won the nearest-the-pin prizes. “We would like to offer our congratulations to everyone who made the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier in Colombo such a special day,” said Murat Beydar, General Manager for Turkish Airlines Colombo. “It was a fantastic tournament day and well done to our winner, Mr Park. They still have so much to play for in Antalya but everyone else will be looking forward to coming back again next year.
All finalists are to enjoy a seven-night stay at the five-star luxury Titanic Deluxe Belek hotel in Antalya, Turkey and will be flown there Business Class from their qualifying destination by Turkish Airlines. The overall winners of the two-round Grand Final at the Titanic Golf Club progress to play in the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open pro-am. The Financial Times, National, and Conte of Florence are offering their substantial support to the hugely-anticipated tournament. Turkish Airlines, voted Europe’s best airline for the sixth straight year by Skytrax in 2016, launched the World Golf Cup in 2013, featuring 12 qualifying events. After that initial success, there was a rapid expansion to include 100 events worldwide last year.