The World Friendship was a professional golf tournament held in Japan in the early 1970s. The event was held at the Horyuji Country Club in Ikaruga, Nara.[1]

World Friendship
Tournament information
LocationIkaruga, Nara, Japan
Course(s)Horyuji Country Club
Tour(s)Japan Golf Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund¥10,000,000
Month playedMay/June
Final year1973
Tournament record score
Aggregate276 Isao Aoki (1973)
276 Lu Liang-Huan (1973)
276 Graham Marsh (1973)
To par−12 as above
Final champion
Taiwan Lu Liang-Huan
Location map
Horyuji Country Club is located in Japan
Horyuji Country Club
Horyuji Country Club
Location in Japan
Horyuji Country Club is located in Nara Prefecture
Horyuji Country Club
Horyuji Country Club
Location in the Nara Prefecture

The second tournament was won by Taiwan's Hsieh Yung-yo,[2] who came from a stroke behind 54-hole leader, New Zealand's Terry Kendall,[1] to claim first prize.

In its final year, the event was part of the inaugural season of the Japan Golf Tour.[3] Another Taiwanese, Lu Liang-Huan ("Mr. Lu"), won the event. He defeated Australia's Graham Marsh and Japan's Isao Aoki in a playoff.[4]


Year Winner Score To par Margin of
Runners-up Ref.
1973   Lu Liang-Huan 276 −12 Playoff   Isao Aoki
  Graham Marsh
1972   Hsieh Yung-yo 279 −9 1 stroke   Terry Kendall
  Haruo Yasuda


  1. ^ a b c "Kendall Leads Japan Golf". The New York Times. Associated Press. 4 June 1972. p. S-6. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Yung-Yo pips Kendall. Yasuda for title". The Straits Times. Singapore. 5 June 1972. p. 27. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Laing-Huan Lu – Career Record". Japan Golf Tour Organization. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Golf". The Canberra Times. AAP-Reuter. 4 June 1973. p. 14. Retrieved 18 February 2020.