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Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship

The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship is an annual amateur golf tournament. It is played at various locations throughout Asia-Pacific. It is organized by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and was first played in 2009. It was organized in conjunction with the Masters Tournament and The R&A, organizers of The Open Championship. The winner receives an invitation to the Masters and The Open Championship (beginning in 2018).[1] The winner and runner-up had previously gained entry to International Final Qualifying for the Open from 2009 to 2017.[2] In 2011, the winner also receives an invitation to the Asian Tour's season ending Thailand Golf Championship. It is also considered an "elite" event by the World Amateur Golf Ranking in that any player that makes the cut is eligible to be ranked. Only the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur, and European Amateur have this distinction.[3]

Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
LocationRotates through Asia-Pacific
Established2009
Organized byAsia-Pacific Golf Confederation
FormatStroke play
Month playedOctober
Aggregate269 Hideki Matsuyama (2010)
To par−18 Hideki Matsuyama (2011)
China Lin Yuxin

The winner in 2012, Guan Tianlang went on to play in the 2013 Masters Tournament and so became the youngest player in Masters history at 14.[4]

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Venue
Asia-Pacific Amateur
2019 Lin Yuxin (2)   China 278 (−10) Playoff   Takumi Kanaya Sheshan Golf Club, China
2018 Takumi Kanaya   Japan 267 (−13) 2 strokes   Keita Nakajima
  Rayhan Thomas
Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
2017 Lin Yuxin   China 270 (−14) 3 strokes   Andy Zhang Royal Wellington Golf Club, New Zealand
2016 Curtis Luck   Australia 276 (−12) 1 stroke   Brett Coletta Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, South Korea
2015 Jin Cheng   China 199 (−11)* 1 stroke   Cameron Davis
  Ryan Ruffels
Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, Hong Kong
2014 Antonio Murdaca   Australia 275 (−13) 7 strokes   Mikumu Horikawa Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
2013 Lee Chang-woo   South Korea 281 (−3) 3 strokes   Shohei Hasegawa Nanshan International Golf Club, China
2012 Guan Tianlang   China 273 (−15) 1 stroke   Pan Cheng-tsung Amata Spring Country Club, Thailand
Asian Amateur
2011 Hideki Matsuyama (2)   Japan 270 (−18) 1 stroke   Lee Soo-min Singapore Island Country Club, Singapore
2010 Hideki Matsuyama   Japan 269 (−15) 5 strokes   Tarquin MacManus Kasumigaseki Country Club, Kawagoe, Japan
2009 Han Chang-won   South Korea 276 (−12) 5 strokes   Eric Chun Mission Hills Golf Club, World Cup Course, Shenzhen, China

* Shortened to 54 holes due to poor weather conditions.

Future sitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Winner of Asia Pacific Amateur Championship to earn exemption into The Open". The Open. 18 January 2017.
  2. ^ Masters, R&A open doors for amateurs
  3. ^ World Amateur Golf Ranking - Frequently Asked Questions
  4. ^ "Tiger Woods gives Augusta lesson to Chinese teen". BBC Sport. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.

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