2014

Local Hero, Antonio Murdaca, Wins AAC by Record Margin

Antonio Murdaca of Australia celebrates in front of the crowd after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on October 26, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Brett Crockford/AAC)

Antonio Murdaca of Australia celebrates in front of the crowd after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on October 26, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Brett Crockford/AAC)

Date                 23 – 26 October 2014
Venue             The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Composite Course), Melbourne, Australia
Par                   35-37-72
Length            6,453 metres / 7,059 yards
Designer        Alister MacKenzie
Opened           1891

Antonio Murdaca, of Adelaide, Australia, was crowned champion of the sixth annual Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Murdaca became the first Australian to win the AAC since its inaugural event in 2009. He closed with a final-round 1-under-par 71 that left him seven shots clear of the field, the largest winning margin in event history.

The 19-year-old’s win clinched him a spot in the 2015 Masters Tournament, in addition to the Open Qualifying Series for The Open, where runner-up Mikumu Horikawa of Japan would join him.

After posting strong rounds of 69, 68, and 67, Murdaca saw his lead shrink to five shots through the front nine in the final round, with Horikawa gaining on him. It was the only time he felt any pressure, but Murdaca immediately responded with a 20-foot birdie on the par-4 10th. Two perfectly struck shots at the par-5 14th set up another birdie to get his advantage back to seven.

Murdaca, joined by his coach Gareth Jones on the bag as his caddie, made a string of pars to finish his round. By the time he hit the green in regulation on No. 18, he was prepared to acknowledge that he had won, and waved to the large crowd surrounding the green. Murdaca finished at 13-under-par 275 for the championship.

“When I hit that shot, I felt some tingles down my spine,” Murdaca said of his final approach shot. “It’s a dream that’s come true for me now. I always wanted to play in the Masters and it’s so exciting now knowing I’ve got a spot in there, and also in the Qualifying Series for The Open at St Andrews.”

Venue Information

Established in 1891, Royal Melbourne is Australia’s oldest golf club and is one of the country’s premier golf venues. It has hosted prestigious events such as the Presidents Cup (1998, 2011), the World Cup (1959, 1970) and the Women’s Australian Open since 2012. The AAC was contested over Royal Melbourne’s original Composite Course, which was created in 1959 for the Canada Cup (now the World Cup). This setup consists of 12 holes from the West Course and six holes from the East Course.

Weather

No weather delays occurred throughout the week. The mornings were cool and windy with lows around 13 degrees Celsius and up to 18 mph winds. Sunday was warm for the final round, with a high temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.

2014 Results

POS NAME NAT R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT
1 Antonio Murdaca AUS 69 68 67 71 -13
2 Mikumu Horikawa JPN 75 71 67 69 -6
3 Todd Sinnott AUS 67 71 74 71 -5
4 Ryan Ruffels AUS 71 71 75 68 -3
T5 Zecheng Dou CHN 73 72 71 70 -2
T5 Guan Tianlang CHN 68 73 74 71 -2
T5 Cheng-tsung Pan TPE 73 68 71 74 -2
T8 Lucas Herbert AUS 76 70 73 68 -1
T8 Jerome Ng SIN 74 70 73 70 -1
T8 Kazuya Koura JPN 72 72 73 70 -1
T8 Geoffrey Drakeford AUS 73 71 69 74 -1
T12 Jarryd Felton AUS 73 71 74 70 E
T12 Taihei Sato JPN 70 74 73 71 E
T12 Jin Cheng CHN 71 69 72 76 E
T15 Curtis Luck AUS 74 74 72 69 1
T15 Rigel Fernandes IND 74 71 72 72 1
T17 Jonathan Ke-Jun Woo SIN 78 70 72 70 2
T17 Cory Crawford AUS 71 72 74 73 2
T17 Kenta Konishi JPN 73 73 71 73 2
T20 Jordan Bakermans NZL 76 76 70 69 3
T20 Yechun Yuan CHN 73 72 76 70 3
T22 Tae Koh NZL 74 73 72 73 4
T22 Devin Hua GUM 70 76 71 75 4
T22 Joshua Munn NZL 74 67 72 79 4
T25 Marc Ong SIN 73 79 72 69 5
T25 Nam-hun Kim KOR 73 76 70 74 5
27 Tyler Hodge NZL 72 74 75 73 6
28 James Beale NZL 71 75 77 72 7
T29 Suradit Yongcharoenchai THA 77 76 72 71 8
T29 Kasidit Lepkurte THA 73 78 75 70 8
T29 Tawan Phongphun THA 69 71 79 77 8
T29 Yanwei Liu CHN 72 76 70 78 8
T33 Sungho Yun KOR 75 77 72 73 9
T33 Shohei Hasegawa JPN 77 74 74 72 9
T33 Ben Eccles AUS 74 76 76 71 9
T33 Blair Riordan NZL 76 76 74 71 9
T37 Danthai Boonma THA 77 73 71 77 10
T37 Eun-Ho Youm KOR 77 72 77 72 10
T37 Taylor James Macdonald AUS 72 76 79 71 10
T40 Maung Maung Oo MYA 74 74 77 75 12
T40 Kevin Caesario Akbar INA 82 72 71 75 12
T42 Qi Wen Wong SIN 78 74 73 76 13
T42 Gunn Yang KOR 81 73 72 75 13
T42 Seik Joeh KOR 82 71 76 72 13
T45 Muhammad Wafiyu Abdul Manaf MAS 73 74 79 76 14
T45 Matthew Cheung HKG 72 73 83 74 14
T47 Fadhli R. Soetarso INA 76 73 78 76 15
T47 Lloyd Jefferson Go PHI 76 73 78 76 15
T47 Tae-hyun Kong KOR 78 70 80 75 15
T47 Eric Sugimoto JPN 79 74 76 74 15
T51 Shinichi Mizuno HKG 73 75 72 84 16
T51 Chieh-Po Lee TPE 69 78 81 76 16
T51 Aman Raj IND 78 75 74 77 16
T51 Ghazanfar Mehmood PAK 79 75 78 72 16
T55 Udayan Mane IND 72 69 85 79 17
T55 Sarit Suwannarut THA 76 73 80 76 17
T57 Yu-Jui Liu TPE 80 73 80 73 18
58 Olaf Allen FIJ 75 74 82 76 19
T59 Tirto Tamardi INA 75 79 74 81 21
T59 Viraj Madappa IND 75 73 83 78 21
61 Alvin Hiew MAS 78 71 87 78 26
62 Naser Yacoob BRN 75 79 79 82 27
T63 Niko Vui SAM 75 79 84 80 30
T63 Nattawat Suvajanakorn THA 78 76 83 81 30
65 Mohammad Nazim BAN 78 76 82 84 32
66 Mohammad Sajib Ali BAN 77 73 85 86 33
MC Han-Ting Chiu TPE 80 75
MC Thammasack Bouahom LAO 76 79
MC Muhammad Rehman PAK 74 81
MC Teng Kao TPE 78 77
MC Chun-An Yu TPE 73 82
MC Johnson Poh SIN 80 75
MC Syed Saqib Ahmed IND 80 76
MC Oliver Roberts HKG 82 74
MC Brian Taikiri PNG 84 72
MC Gregory Foo SIN 78 78
MC William Howard COK 78 78
MC Quan Truong Chi VIE 83 73
MC Ye Htet Aung MYA 79 77
MC Ruperto Zaragosa III PHI 82 75
MC Saleh Alkaabi QAT 82 75
MC Tuck Soon Chan MAS 78 79
MC Manu Gandas IND 82 76
MC Ervin Chang MAS 83 75
MC Sisira Kumara SRI 81 77
MC Khai Jei Low MAS 81 78
MC Muhd Afif Muhd Razif MAS 87 72
MC Justin Quiban PHI 82 78
MC Jieyu Xiao MAC 83 77
MC Morgan Annato PNG 79 81
MC Nathan Zhao GUM 81 79
MC Ali Al Shahrani QAT 82 78
MC Hassan Karimian Noshahr IRI 82 79
MC Azzan Al Rumhi OMA 87 74
MC Vanseiha Seng CAM 81 80
MC G M Pradeep Kumara SRI 82 79
MC Navinda Ranga SRI 79 83
MC Dondovtseveen Luvsandondov MGL 78 85
MC Dechen Ugyen BHU 84 80
MC Thammalack Bouahom LAO 82 83
MC Mohamed Diab Alnoaimi BRN 80 85
MC Anuresh Chandra FIJ 79 86
MC Alick Dalo SOL 85 81
MC Pulou Faaaliga SAM 87 79
MC Mubariz Ahmad PAK 84 83
MC Kirk Tuaiti COK 88 79
MC Tshendra Dorji BHU 86 83
MC Zulfiqar Ali PAK 88 83
MC Rachid Akl LIB 87 85
MC Tony Ramo SOL 88 86
MC Othman Almulla KSA 86 89
MC Ebrahim Nouri IRI 91 91
MC Hamood Al Harthy OMA 101 85
MC Mendsaikhan Gangaa MGL 103 90
MC Sokhamony Thong CAM 96 99
WD Chawki Harb LIB