May 25th, 2016
Wentworth announce new Global Ambassador
And it’s last year’s sensational winner Ben An
Words: John Dean Photography: Wentworth
Wentworth Club has announce the appointment of 2015 BMW PGA Champion, Byeong-Hun An, as its Global Ambassador until 2019.
The ambassadorial role will see An represent Wentworth Club all around the world, with the aim of introducing and promoting the Club to global audiences and, most particularly, young aspiring golfers.
An’s appointment comes on the eve of the 2016 BMW PGA Championship that he so spectacularly won last year.
Aged only 23, he became the first Asian winner in the tournament’s history, with his 21 under par tournament score setting a new Championship record, beating the previous record of 19 under par by Anders Hansen in 2002 and Scott Drummond in 2004.
An is currently ranked 26th in the world and his whole career has been marked by record-breaking successes. In 2009, aged 17, he was the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship. Turning pro in 2011, he became the first South Korean to win the Rolex Trophy in 2014.
Commenting on his appointment, An said, “Wentworth is a special place for me after winning here last year kick-started my career. I am proud and excited to be taking my association further as an ambassador for this prestigious Club and will be telling golfers wherever I play around the world about Wentworth.”
Wentworth Club Chief Executive Stephen Gibson said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ben into the Wentworth family. He is an incredible young talent and a wonderful, passionate ambassador for golf. His sportsmanship and global outlook reflect the values and vision for our Club, and he’ll be a fantastic guiding influence for our young members. We cannot wait to start working with him over the next three years.”