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Wife of the Japanese PM plays in Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

The latest stage of the 2014 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, one of the sport’s largest and most exciting amateur tournaments, took place at Morinaga Takataki Golf Club in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday May 28th.

Turkish Airlines were delighted to welcome special guest Akie Abe; wife to the prime minister of Japan. We would like to personally thank Mrs Abe for her attendance and also for her speech to the 124 guests at the awards ceremony.

In her speech, Akie Abe stated that Turkey has a very special place for her. “Since Shimonoseki that is my husband’s election district is the sister city of Istanbul, there is a special bond between us. Moreover, I also would like to express my gratitude to Turkish Airlines who enabled the rescue of Japanese citizens who were held in Iran during the Iran-Iraq War. Turkish Airlines has a very special place for all Japanese people. Because of these reasons; I immediately accepted the invitation for the Turkish Airlines’ tournament. I feel very happy to take part in this big organization which is held in different parts of the World. And from now on, my wish is to see Turkey and Turkish Airlines which form a bridge between the two countries in better places.” She said.

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Toshihide Maeda and Toshi Haru Itami, finished first in category 1 and 2 respectively in the individual strokeplay competition with scores of Nett 67 and Nett 65 respectively and therefore will progress to the Grand Final in Antalya, Turkey, this November. Tatsuo Miyazaka and Keiko Inou, meanwhile, won the nearest-the-pin prizes.

“We would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier in Tokyo,” said Ziya Ozturk, General Manager for Turkish Airlines Japan. “It was a brilliant day and well done to our winners, Toshihide Maeda and Toshi Itami - we look forward to seeing you in Antalya in November.”

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It was also a memorable day for Miyoko Oohashi and Hiromi Miyahara, who won two business class flights and a seven-night stay at the five-star Maxx Royal Hotel in Antalya after their scorecards were chosen in the free prize draw, with every player who took part in the qualifier having been entered.

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The first qualifier got under way in India in March, with dates scheduled to take place in countries all over the world, including South Africa, Great Britain, China, Spain, the United States, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, Argentina, Brazil and Turkey.

The overall winners of the Grand Final will play in the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open pro-am, while all finalists are to enjoy a seven-night stay in an all-inclusive hotel, two rounds of golf and VIP passes to the Turkish Airlines Open, the $7,000,000 European Tour event, from Thursday to Sunday.

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