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September 28, 2017

Senior Golf Competition Sumitomo Corporation Summit Cup to Begin on October 5

The PGA Senior Championship Sumitomo Corporation Summit Cup will be held at the Summit Golf Club in Ishioka-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture again this year from October 5 to 8. Sumitomo Corporation has been the presenting sponsor of the competition since 2013. Marking this year's 13th tournament in the men's senior golf tour in Japan, the event is expected to turn into an intense competition featuring displays of seasoned skills by top-tier professional golfers aged 50 or above, including Masahiro Kuramoto, chairman of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of Japan, and Ryoken Kawagishi, a first-time senior tour participant.

Operated by the Sumitomo Corporation Group, the Summit Golf Club is a vast golf course measuring 7,019 yards with a par of 72. In response to feedback from the PGA and senior professionals, the club remodeled the shape of the first-hole green and the fourth-hole course played over a pond, adding to the venue's highlights. "The Summit Cup is always a delightful competition to play in because the course is meticulously well managed," golfer Yutaka Hagawa told a Sumitomo Corporation employee. In an interview for the Company's in-house magazine, he expressed his hope for victory this year in commemoration of his 60th birthday. (The interview can be viewed by clicking on the PDF article on the right.)

The event will also be televised on BS Asahi as well as featured in Tokoton Ichiban Hole Nama-chukei, a popular program on Golf Network, a TV channel dedicated to golf. (See below for major broadcast schedule.) Please also look out for the Company’s TV commercials run during the broadcasts.

Below is the announcement poster for the Sumitomo Corporation Summit Cup. On Day 1 and Day 2 (October 5 & 6), no fee will be charged for spectators, and a complimentary bus service will be offered on October 7 & 8 from Ishioka Station on JR Joban Line to the golf club.

Last year, Prayad Marksaeng (right), a golfer from Thailand, pulled off a wire-to-wire victory. Come and watch the senior tour, where spectators can view the action from a closer distance.

The roundtable discussion held by Yutaka Hagawa and Sumitomo Corporation employees was featured in the Company's in-house magazine, Sumisho Community. (Click to enlarge.) (Available in Japanese)

Schedule of key broadcasts

Broadcast date Broadcast time Channel Content
Oct 5 (Thu) 15:00~15:58 BS Asahi Sumitomo Corporation Summit Cup Day 1
Oct 6 (Fri) 15:00~15:58 BS Asahi Sumitomo Corporation Summit Cup Day 2
Oct 7 (Sat) 7:30~12:00 Golf Network Tokoton Ichiban Hole Nama-chukei:
Summit Cup Day 3
14:00~15:54 BS Asahi Sumitomo Corporation Summit Cup Day 3
Oct 8 (Sun) 7:00~11:30 Golf Network Tokoton Ichiban Hole Nama-chukei:
Summit Cup Final Day
May be extended until
BS Asahi Sumitomo Corporation Summit Cup Final Day

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