Glitz, Glamour and Golf at Mission Hills Hainan

He didn't do his triple back flip, but former Olympic gymnast Li Xiaoshuang was certainly in a celebratory mood today.

Together with his partner, Ryuji Imada, and three amateurs,  he won the Pro-Am Team tournament at the inaugural Mission Hills Star Trophy, now taking place in Haikou, China.  The team will split a back-flip-worthy $100,000 prize for their efforts.

The Pro-Am Team tournament is the first of three segments that make up the Mission Hills Star Trophy event.  It featured teams of one celebrity, one pro and three amateurs, in a scramble format. The improbable celebrity/pro pairings, combined with a collective sense of wonderment at the amazing new venue, made for two magical days of golf.  The final results... and some of those unique parings... are listed here.

The amazing golf event will continue throughout the weekend with the Pro-Celebrity Team (one celebrity, one pro, four-ball stroke play) and the Professional Individual events (20 professionals, male and female, 36-hole individual stroke play).

In additional news from Mission Hills,  precocious New Zealand pro Danny Lee gives good golf tips,  Hugh Grant is contemplating a Chinese girlfriend and Hong Kong pop singer Arron Kwok is adorable (major new Golf Girl Junior Celeb Crush).  

More to come this weekend.

October 27, 2010 - Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images AsiaPac)