Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open to Return to Ibaraki Country Club

August 21, 2013

The Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open on the Asian Tour will return to the Ibaraki Country Club for US$1.48 million showpiece held from September 26 to 29, abortion 2013.

The Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour for the sixth straight season and the event is poised to attract a stellar field including defending champion Masanori Kobayashi of Japan.

The highly acclaimed Ibaraki Country Club, situated in Osaka, was the first venue for the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open when the event was launched as a co-sanctioned event in 2008. Japan’s Hideto Tanihara won the inaugural tournament.

Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han saluted the support from Panasonic, which is also the title sponsor for the Panasonic Open India that was won by Wade Ormsby of Australia in April.

“On behalf of the Asian Tour, I would like to thank Panasonic for their continued support to grow the game of golf in the region. The Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open has featured prominently on the Asian Tour’s Schedule since 2008 and we are delighted to work closely with the Japan Golf Tour, Japan Golf Association and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation to ensure the event’s success,” said Han.

“The Asian Tour is celebrating our 10th season this year and through the years, the Tour has grown tremendously. Our members have enjoyed success on many levels and we are confident the Asian Tour will achieve more growth in the years to come.”

Japan Golf Tour Chairman Katsuji Ebisawa said: “The Japan Golf Tour is thrilled to work with the Asian Tour to ensure the continued success of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open. I would like to express my gratitude to the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, Japan Golf Association and Panasonic Corporation for hosting this event which will attract the best golfers from Japan and the Asian Tour.”