2009

Korean Han Chang-Won’s Dream Comes True in China

Han Chang-Won of South Korea poses with the trophy after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club on November 1, 2009, in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Han Chang-Won of South Korea poses with the trophy after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club on November 1, 2009, in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Date                 29 October – 1 November 2009
Venue             World Cup Course, Mission Hills Golf Club, Shenzhen, China
Par                   36-36-72
Length           6,539 metres/7,149 yards
Designer       Jack Nicklaus
Opened          1994

Han Chang-won of Korea enjoyed the finest moment of his young golfing career when he booked a place at the 2010 Masters Tournament and International Final Qualifying for the 150th anniversary Open Championship at St Andrews with a dominant victory in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in China.

Leading by two shots overnight, the 17-year-old earned a trip to Augusta National by crushing the competition with a final-round 2-under-par 70 at Mission Hills Golf Club’s World Cup Course, located about 90 minutes north of Hong Kong.

Han finished with a 72-hole total of 276 (-12), five shots in front of compatriot and playing partner Eric Chun, who could only manage a 73. Chun would join his countryman in the final qualifying stage for the 2010 Open Championship.

Three players – Korea’s Kim Meen-whee, Peter Spearman-Burn of New Zealand and Jordan Sherratt from Australia – shared third at 282, with Australia’s Matthew Giles sixth, one shot further back at 5-under-par 283.

In an indication of the depth of the field, seven different APGC member nations were represented in the top-10 places at the championship’s conclusion.

Understandably, Han was thrilled with the victory. “I knew I was leading by five or six after the first nine holes, but I was trying not to think about the result.

“Anything can happen in a round of golf and I was very nervous towards the end. I have to admit that it was the thought of playing in the Masters that made me nervous. I had never even thought it would be possible for me to be playing in the Masters as an amateur,” said Han.

Venue Information

The inaugural Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship was held at Mission Hills Golf Club’s World Cup Course in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is located in southern China’s Guangdong province, approximately 90 minutes north of Hong Kong.

Weather

No weather delays. Sunny and humid with highs each day reaching approximately 31 degrees Celsius.

2009 Results

POS NAME NAT R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 Han Chang-won KOR 66 69 71 70 -12
2 Eric Chun KOR 74 68 66 73 -7
T3 Kim Meen-Whee KOR 75 68 68 71 -6
T3 Peter Spearman-Burn NZL 69 68 73 72 -6
T3 Jordan Sherratt AUS 68 67 74 73 -6
6 Matthew Giles AUS 71 71 73 68 -5
7 Mohd Iszaimi Ismail MAS 70 72 71 71 -4
T8 Jonathan Woo SIN 70 74 70 71 -3
T8 Tomoya Tokunaga JPN 74 72 68 71 -3
10 Judson Eustaquio PHI 68 76 70 72 -2
T11 Park Il-Hwan KOR 75 72 71 69 -1
T11 Daniel Nisbet AUS 72 72 73 70 -1
T11 Jhonnel Ababa PHI 73 70 73 71 -1
T11 Hu Mu CHN 72 70 73 72 -1
T11 Zhang Xin-Jun CHN 77 72 66 72 -1
T11 Keisuke Otawa JPN 76 68 70 73 -1
T11 Han Ren CHN 65 78 68 76 -1
T18 Lee Kyoung-Hoon KOR 74 75 72 67 E
T18 Song Tae-Hoon KOR 71 69 74 74 E
T18 Rashid Khan IND 71 69 74 74 E
T18 Yoon Jung-Ho KOR 70 72 72 74 E
T22 Matt Jager AUS 72 73 74 70 1
T22 Hung Chien-Yao TPE 70 72 73 74 1
T22 Hsieh Chi-Hsien TPE 72 71 70 76 1
T22 Mhark Fernando PHI 67 71 73 78 1
26 Naoyuki Tamura JPN 70 74 72 74 2
T27 Zhao Xiongyi CHN 73 74 73 71 3
T27 Huang Wenyi CHN 74 67 75 75 3
T27 Yang Fei-Hao TPE 76 73 67 75 3
T30 Huo Wei CHN 74 73 73 72 4
T30 Aung Win MYR 75 71 74 72 4
T30 Steven Lam HKG 71 70 75 76 4
T30 Wasin Sripattranusorn THA 71 71 72 78 4
T34 Thanyakon Khrongpa THA 73 75 74 71 5
T34 Abhishek Jha IND 79 69 73 72 5
T34 Antonio Asistio PHI 69 71 79 74 5
T37 Roderic De Lacy Staunton HKG 71 77 75 71 6
T37 Shingo Ito JPN 74 73 74 73 6
T37 Huang Tao TPE 76 72 72 74 6
T40 Brendan Smith AUS 71 77 71 76 7
T40 Tomohiro Umeyama JPN 77 69 71 78 7
T42 Shakhawat Shohel BAN 75 70 77 74 8
T42 Jamal Hossain Mollah BAN 73 71 77 75 8
T42 Suprato INA 74 70 76 76 8
T45 Hardjito INA 71 76 76 74 9
T45 Yosuke Asaji JPN 74 71 76 76 9
T45 KA Chandradasa SRI 74 72 75 76 9
T48 Wei Wei CHN 72 74 75 77 10
T48 Jerome Ng SIN 73 75 72 78 10
T50 Amrith De Soysa SRI 73 75 80 72 12
T50 Dante Becierra PHI 73 74 78 75 12
T50 Vikram Rana IND 75 74 75 76 12
T50 Poom Saksansin THA 75 71 75 79 12
T50 Daniel Pearce NZL 75 71 74 80 12
T55 Mohd Iylia Jamil MAS 74 75 83 69 13
T55 Kao Teng TPE 75 74 74 78 13
57 Rattanon Wannasrichan THA 74 75 76 79 16
58 Chia Chong Zheng SIN 75 74 79 77 17
59 Thai Duong Nguyen VIE 72 77 82 78 21
60 Hsu Li-Peng TPE 71 76 81 84 24
MC Gagan Verma IND 76 74
MC Zheng Ou-Yang CHN 76 74
MC Benny Kasiadi INA 75 75
MC Zhiqun Lam SIN 74 76
MC Ahmed Al Musharrekh UAE 74 76
MC Mithun Perera SRI 77 74
MC Hak Shun Yat HKG 76 75
MC Xiao Se CHN 75 76
MC Louie Sunga GUM 74 77
MC Dulal Hossain BAN 71 80
MC Bryden Macpherson AUS 79 73
MC Nicholas Fung MAS 74 78
MC Chen Xiao Long CHN 73 79
MC Abel Tam MAS 73 79
MC Liton Hawlader BAN 80 73
MC Arshdeep Tiwana IND 78 75
MC Rupak Prasad Acharya NEP 77 76
MC Gavin Kyle Green MAS 77 76
MC Patrick Fepuleai SAM 76 77
MC Jian Chuan Lin CHN 76 77
MC Ben Wallace NZL 73 80
MC Gregory Foo SIN 78 76
MC Miah Sayum BAN 78 76
MC Tariq Mehmoud PAK 77 77
MC Huang You Yi CHN 82 73
MC Win Soe Moe MMR 79 76
MC Varit Chomchalam THA 78 77
MC Mohd Aali Hai PAK 78 77
MC Phetsamone Seesomwang LAO 78 77
MC Hassan Karimian Noshahar IRN 78 77
MC Moin Malak IND 77 78
MC Lok Tin Liu HKG 77 78
MC Peter Villaber PHI 73 82
MC James Honda GUM 81 75
MC Shinichi Mizuno HKG 80 76
MC Ryan Fox NZL 77 79
MC Nitipat Krobteeranon THA 71 85
MC Mohd Zakiruzzaman BAN 81 76
MC Zoheer Ahmad FIJ 77 80
MC Terrence Ng HKG 81 77
MC Seyed Mahmooud Jozi IRN 80 78
MC Thomas Spearman-Burn NZL 77 81
MC Abdullah Al Musharrekh UAE 84 77
MC Naser Jacob BHR 81 80
MC Abdulla Sultan BHR 85 78
MC Vikrant Chandra FIJ 83 80
MC Ben Taylor NZL 85 80
MC Wongchen Dhondup NEP 82 83
MC Kenneth De Silva MAS 83 83
MC Vanseiha Seng CAM 81 85
MC Malase Maifea SAM 87 80
MC Peter Gumulia INA 86 84
MC Palden Tshering BHU 84 86
MC Jeevan Gurung BHU 83 87
MC Sonny Karati COK 86 87
MC Delgermaa Ulziidelger MGL 93 88