The R&A and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) have announced that the first ever Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship will be played at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore from 21-24 February 2018.
The inaugural event will take place at the New Tanjong course and will provide the most talented women’s amateur golfers in the region with the opportunity to earn an invitation to play in two major championships: the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the ANA Inspiration.
The winner of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific will be invited by HSBC, which supports women’s golf around the world, to play in the eleventh staging of the HSBC Women’s Championship, the region’s leading women’s golf tournament, being played the following week on the same course at Sentosa next year.
It was also announced that the Royal Golf Club in Japan will be the venue for the championship in 2019 and 2020.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A said,
“One of our overriding objectives is to identify opportunities to further develop and grow women’s amateur golf in key regions around the world.''
“The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific offers the chance for the region’s best amateur golfers to aspire to compete at the highest level. We have seen how successful the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship has been in providing a springboard for the elite men’s amateurs and we look forward to replicating this success in unearthing the emerging talents of the women’s game in future.”
Currently, there are 20 players from Asia-Pacific ranked in the WAGR™ Top 100, including Korea’s Hye-jin Choi (2) and Eun-jeong Seong (9), China’s Wenbo Liu (12), and Thailand’s Pimnipa Panthong (31) and Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (32).
A total of 86 players will make up the field and it is expected that around 20 countries will be represented. A maximum number of six players from any country other than the host will be able to enter. The host country will receive an additional four invitations.
For more information visit www.RandA.org
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