The 11th edition of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will be held from September 26-29, 2019, at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China.
The 2019 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) will have a maximum field of 120 male amateur players. The field will be selected by the following criteria:
- Asia-Pacific Amateur Champions 2009-2018. Past Champions will be exempt for a five-year period from the year of their win provided they maintain their Amateur Status.
- The first five and anyone tying for fifth place from the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will receive an automatic exemption into the 2019 AAC, provided they maintain their Amateur Status.
- The top two ranked amateur players from each Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) Member Association, plus the top four ranked players from the host country, as ranked on the World Amateur Rankings (WAGR) on 27 June 2019. If there is not a sufficient number of players ranked from a Member Association, that association may nominate a player(s) from their association with an established handicap of less than 5.4, subject to AAC approval, to fill up to two positions.
- The remainder of the field will be filled by taking the next highest ranked players from APGC Member Associations from the WAGR on the 27 of June, 2019. The maximum number of eligible players from any APGC Member Association will be six. The only exception is the host nation, which may have up to ten participants.
- If players from Conditions 1 and 2 above do not qualify under Conditions 3 and 4, these players will be included in the field in addition to the maximum number of eligible players from their country. If, however, they fall within the WAGR players from their country that qualifies under Conditions 3 and 4, their country will not receive additional invitations.
- The AAC reserves the right, at its discretion, to invite additional players, or withdraw an invitation if the APGC is made aware of disciplinary matters or anti-doping sanctions concerning any player.
- The Conditions Form must be signed and returned to AAC at Player Registration.
72-holes, stroke play. A cut takes place after 36 holes for the leading 60 players plus ties. In the event of a tie after 72 holes, the winner is decided by a sudden-death playoff.
The champion receives the following:
- An invitation to compete in the 2020 Masters Tournament.
- Direct entry into The 149th Open at Royal St. George’s in 2020, conducted by The R&A.
The runner(s)-up receive the following:
- A place in The Open Qualifying Series with the opportunity to qualify for The 149th Open at Royal St. George’s in 2020.
About the Championship
The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship was created in February 2009 as a joint initiative to develop the game by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A. An invitation to play in the Masters Tournament and The Open is given to the winner, while the runner(s)-up gain a place in The Open Qualifying Series for The Open.
The 120-player field is annually comprised of the top male amateurs in the Asia-Pacific region representing the 42 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation member organisations.
Korean Han Chang-won triumphed at the inaugural event in China in 2009, before Hideki Matsuyama won in his native Japan in 2010 and successfully defended his title in Singapore the following year.
At 14 years old, Guan Tianlang of China won the fourth edition of the event in 2012, while Lee Chang-woo from South Korea claimed the title the next year in China.
Australian Antonio Murdaca became the next champion in 2014 at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
In 2015, Chinese No. 1-ranked amateur golfer Jin Cheng fired a course-record eight-under 62 en route to winning the AAC at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong.
Australia’s Curtis Luck, then the world’s second-ranked amateur, overcame a seven-stroke deficit to secure a one-shot victory over compatriot Brett Coletta at the eighth Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship held at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea.
Yuxin Lin, at 17, became the third AAC champion from China after finishing with a birdie and eagle in the final round to win by three strokes at Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand.
In 2018, Japan’s Takumi Kanaya won the 10th Edition of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship with a 13-under-par 267 at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.