Hong Kong: The countdown to the seventh staging of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) is underway.
To be staged at Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club from October 1-4, the event will feature the region’s top amateur golfers – all vying for a coveted starting spot in next year’s Masters Tournament.
Created by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A the championship promises to deliver a first-class experience for players and spectators alike.
Launched in 2009 to encourage and promote the development of golf in the Asia-Pacific region, the event has been held in China (2009, 2013), Japan (2010), Singapore (2011), Thailand (2012) and Australia’s Royal Melbourne Golf Club (2014).
Dominic Wall, Director – Asia Pacific at The R&A, said: “The Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A look forward to bringing the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship to Hong Kong.
“Hong Kong has an impressive track record of staging world-class international sporting events and we have no doubt that this year’s event at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club will be another example of that.
“The quality of the course and facilities, combined with its accessibility from the city centre, were important factors in the decision to stage the event at Clearwater Bay. We strongly encourage Hong Kong’s golf and sporting community to come and enjoy this unique occasion.”
Last year’s championship was won by Australian Antonio Murdaca who received an invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The champion and runner(s)-up also earn spots in The Open Qualifying Series for The Open Championship.
Continuing under its banner of ‘Creating Heroes’, the AAC will feature 120 players from the APGC’s 39 member associations and will be played over 72 holes of stroke play with a cut for the leading 60 players plus ties after 36 holes.