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Sentosa Golf Club to host 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur
Sentosa Golf Club <br>(Asia-Pacific Amateur Photo)
Sentosa Golf Club
(Asia-Pacific Amateur Photo)
INCHEON, South Korea (October 6, 2016) -- Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore has been selected as the host venue for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) in 2018, organisers announced today during the eighth edition of the flagship amateur event in South Korea.

The AAC is currently underway at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club and being conducted in partnership by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A. The champion will receive an invitation to compete in the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club and, along with the runner(s)-up, a spot in The Open Qualifying Series for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

The 2018 AAC, which will mark the 10th staging of the Championship, will take place 4 – 7 October. The event has been hosted in nations and territories across the Asia-Pacific region, including China (2009, 2013), Japan (2010), Thailand (2012), Australia (2014), Hong Kong (2015) and South Korea (2016). With New Zealand as the event’s next destination in 2017, organisers look forward to bringing the Championship back to Singapore in 2018 for the first time since the 2011 AAC at The Singapore Island Country Club.

First opened in 1974, Sentosa Golf Club became the host of the Singapore Open in 2005, which is now the SMBC Singapore Open, as well as the HSBC Women’s Champions since 2012. The club is home to two golf courses and is located on the resort island of Sentosa, surrounded by scenic views of the Singapore Harbour and Singapore Straits. The 2018 AAC will be conducted on The New Tanjong Course. Originally designed by Frank Pennick in 1972 with the help of Singaporeans Dennis Lee and Alan Choe, The New Tanjong was redesigned in 2016 by Andrew Johnston and Matt Swanson and is in its final stages of redevelopment.

Mr. Low Teo Ping, President of Sentosa Golf Club, said:

“We are proud to join the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A in this tremendous endeavour as host of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2018. The opportunities afforded to the amateurs who compete in this event are truly life-changing. It will be an honour to welcome young players from across the region to Sentosa Golf Club, where we believe their talents will be appropriately displayed and challenged.”

Mr. Ross Tan, President of the Singapore Golf Association, said:

“After seeing the 2011 AAC bring more people to the game of golf in Singapore, we are thrilled to welcome back this special championship. The AAC opens doors for amateur golfers throughout our region and inspires others to embrace the sport and grow their skills. We look forward to building upon the development of the game in the years to come by supporting the AAC and its continued impact on golf in the Asia-Pacific.”

Editors Note: Story by Asia-Pacific Amateur

ABOUT THE Asia-Pacific Amateur

The Asian-Pacific Amateur (formerly known as the Asian Amateur) is the first of a series of worldwide championships put together by a between the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A. The event offers the winner an invitation to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The champion and runner(s)-up earn spots in The Open Qualifying Series for The Open. The event has historically moved throughout the region and has now been held in China (2009, 2013), Japan (2010), Singapore (2011), Thailand (2012), Australia (2014) and Hong Kong (2015).

A field, topping out at 120 players, is selected by the following criteria.

The top two ranked amateur players from each of the APGC member countries plus the four top ranked players from the host country. If there is not a sufficient number of players ranked from that member country, the member country may nominate a player(s) from their country, to be approved by the APGC, to fulfill the two positions eligible from that country.

The remainder of the field will be filled taking the next highest ranked players of APGC member countries, not otherwise qualified. The maximum number of eligible players from any APGC member country (with the exception of the host country) is six. Additional players may be offered at the event's discretion.

FUTURE SITES:
The ninth edition of the event will be held in New Zealand where it will be staged by Royal Wellington Golf Club from 26 – 29 October, 2017. It will be the first time the championship is held in New Zealand.

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