Atlanta, United States (August 7): A 17-year-old Chinese and a 20-year-old Malaysian will spearhead the Asian challenge at next week’s US Amateur Championship.
While Dou Zecheng will be making his debut in one of the world’s most prestigious amateur events, it will be the third appearance for Gavin Green.
The exploits of Dou and Green are already well documented in Asia.
First round leader at last year’s Asia Pacific Amateur Championship, Dou is the youngest player to have made the cut in the Volvo China Open, achieving the feat in 2013 when aged 16.
Green also has been in the conscience of Asian fans for several years, becoming the youngest player to compete on the Asian Tour when lining up in the Iskandar Johor Open, aged 13.
Dou and Green are among just six Asians in the 312-strong starting field that will tee-off at Atlanta Athletic Club from August 11-17.
Joining them is Chinese Taipei’s Pan Cheng-tsung, a two-time US Amateur quarter-finalist and runner-up in the 2012 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship.
Playing in his seventh US Amateur, Pan is a three-time All-America selection and a rising senior at the University of Washington.
Last month he was one of four amateurs to take part in the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
It is hoped that Dou, Green and Pan will make the trip to Royal Melbourne Golf Club from October 23-26 to compete in the sixth Asia Pacific Amateur Championship.
The Asia Pacific Amateur Championship is organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) in conjunction with The Masters Tournament and The R&A.
The winner of the 2014 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship will receive an invitation to compete in the 2015 Masters Tournament and an exemption into The (British) Amateur Championship, conducted by The R&A.
Meanwhile, the winner and runner(s)-up will earn a place in The Open Qualifying Series with the opportunity to qualify for The Open Championship at St Andrews in 2015.
Hanoi, Vietnam: Le Hoang Phuong, a respected figure in golf in Vietnam, has been appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Asian Golf Industry Federation.