2015

Chinese No. 1-Ranked Amateur Jin Cheng Crowned 2015 AAC Champion

Jin Cheng of China puts the ball on the 18th hole during round one of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club on October 01, 2015, in Hong Kong. (Photo by Alex Liew/AAC)

Jin Cheng of China puts the ball on the 18th hole during round one of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club on October 01, 2015, in Hong Kong. (Photo by Alex Liew/AAC)

Date                       1-4 October 2015
Venue                    The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club Hong Kong
Par                         35-35-70
Length                   5,956 metres/6,513 yards
Designer               Thomson Perret Design
Opened                  1982

Chinese No. 1-ranked amateur golfer Jin Cheng, of Beijing, was crowned champion of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship after high winds and heavy rainfall from a nearby typhoon forced the cancellation of the final round at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong.

The first group teed off as scheduled at 6:40 a.m. with nine groups making it on course for the start of round four. Play was subsequently suspended at 7:41 a.m. With conditions not improving by midday, Cheng, the 54-hole leader, became the winner over joint runners-up, Ryan Ruffels and Cameron Davis of Australia.

Cheng opened the championship with a course-record 8-under 62 in the first round, followed by rounds of 68 and 69 to finish at 11-under 199 to earn an invitation to the 2016 Masters Tournament. His victory also secured his place in The Open Qualifying Series for The Open Championship along with Davis and Ruffels, who each finished at 10 under par.

At 17 years old, Cheng managed to retain his place at the top of the leader board at the end of round three thanks to a superbly judged chip at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club’s par-5 closing hole, from which he went on to secure a decisive birdie. With his win, Cheng became the second player from China to lift the AAC trophy following the triumph of Guan Tianlang in 2012.

“This win just came so fast and so sudden,” said Cheng. “I was ready for the round today, and unfortunately the weather didn’t work out, [but] it’s my pleasure to win this week. Going there [Augusta National Golf Club] next year is just amazing for me. I’m so excited and looking forward to it.”

Venue Information

The 2015 AAC marked the first time the championship was held in Hong Kong. The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club is located in the New Territories and situated on a peninsula with stunning views of the South China Sea and Hong Kong. The golf course is divided into two parts: the Highland Nine and the Ocean Nine.

Weather

Inclement weather caused delays in play throughout the week – during the morning of the first round and briefly in the late afternoon of the third round. High winds and heavy rainfall due to a nearby typhoon also resulted in suspended play in the morning of the final round. When conditions did not improve by midday, the fourth round was ultimately cancelled.

2015 Results

POS NAME NAT R1 R2 R3 TOT
1 Jin Cheng CHN 62 68 69 -11
2 Ryan Ruffels AUS 69 64 67 -10
2 Cameron Davis AUS 69 64 67 -10
4 Chun-An Yu TPE 66 69 67 -8
4 Tae Ho Kim KOR 66 68 68 -8
6 Antonio Murdaca AUS 69 70 64 -7
7 Sangchai Keawcharoen THA 67 70 67 -6
8 Lloyd Jefferson Go PHI 70 68 67 -5
8 Joshua Munn NZL 69 69 67 -5
8 Tae Koh NZL 71 67 67 -5
11 Sungho Yun KOR 69 69 68 -4
12 Atiruj Winaicharoenchai THA 68 71 68 -3
12 Lucas Herbert AUS 69 73 65 -3
12 Travis Smyth AUS 66 69 72 -3
12 Shohei Hasegawa JPN 69 65 73 -3
12 Zihan She CHN 67 66 74 -3
17 Han Ting Chiu TPE 71 69 68 -2
17 Ekpharit Wu THA 67 67 74 -2
19 James Leow SIN 70 69 70 -1
19 Gregory Foo SIN 64 74 71 -1
19 Chi Huang TPE 69 68 72 -1
19 Wocheng Ye CHN 70 70 69 -1
19 Tirto Tamardi INA 69 68 72 -1
19 Jarryd Felton AUS 67 70 72 -1
19 Yuan-Wei Lin TPE 69 67 73 -1
19 Nick Voke NZL 64 71 74 -1
27 Naoyuki Kataoka JPN 68 71 71 E
27 Kenta Konishi JPN 68 69 73 E
27 Young Woong Kim KOR 73 68 69 E
27 Won Jun Lee KOR 66 71 73 E
27 Tuck Soon Chan MAS 66 71 73 E
27 Devin Hua GUM 65 70 75 E
27 Rongjian Tang CHN 65 69 76 E
27 Takashi Ogiso JPN 67 65 78 E
35 Ryan Chisnall NZL 67 72 72 1
35 Ruperto Zaragosa III PHI 72 68 71 1
35 Gunn Yang KOR 69 72 70 1
35 Sadom Kaewkanjana THA 71 64 76 1
39 Kk Limbhasut THA 69 70 73 2
39 Luke Toomey NZL 71 71 70 2
39 Matthew Cheung HKG 71 64 77 2
42 Samarth Dwivedi IND 67 73 73 3
42 Abdul Hadi SIN 67 73 73 3
42 Toshiki Ishitoku JPN 74 67 72 3
42 Sarit Suwannarut THA 69 65 79 3
46 Leon Philip D’souza HKG 71 71 72 4
47 Clement Kurniawan INA 67 73 75 5
47 Tianlang Guan CHN 68 73 74 5
47 Aman Raj IND 70 72 73 5
47 Khaled Attieh KSA 72 71 72 5
51 Khai Jei Low MAS 71 65 80 6
51 Jerome Ng SIN 70 72 74 6
51 Joshua Ho SIN 70 73 73 6
54 William Howard COK 66 75 76 7
54 Wei Lin TPE 68 75 74 7
56 Phetnoy Siboupha LAO 72 70 76 8
57 Ren Okazaki JPN 73 70 76 9
58 Quan Truong VIE 68 75 77 10
58 Joshua Shou SIN 71 72 77 10
60 Motin Yeung HKG 70 72 79 11
60 Kevin Caesario Akbar INA 71 72 78 11
62 Daeng Rahman MAS 71 72 83 16
MC Karandeep Kochar IND 69 75
MC Michael Regan Wong HKG 69 75
MC Priyanshu Singh IND 70 74
MC Viraj Madappa IND 70 74
MC Md. Akbar BAN 70 74
MC Oliver Roberts HKG 70 75
MC Ervin Chang MAS 71 75
MC Md. Rasel BAN 72 74
MC Sithu Ye Yint MYA 70 76
MC Nicholas Coxon NZL 70 77
MC Van Wright SAM 72 75
MC Jobim Carlos PHI 75 72
MC Brian Taikiri PNG 73 74
MC Isaac Lam HKG 73 75
MC Yongxuan Yin CHN 69 79
MC Jae-Kyeoung Lee KOR 75 73
MC Taimoor Khan PAK 75 73
MC Maung Maung Oo MYA 75 73
MC G M Pradeep Kumara SRI 75 74
MC Yu-Chen Yeh TPE 72 77
MC Olaf Allen FIJ 73 78
MC Roneel Prakash FIJ 75 76
MC Galven Kendall Green MAS 74 77
MC Ghazanfar Mehmood PAK 74 79
MC Ali Abdulla Ali Shahrani QAT 76 77
MC Afif Razif MAS 74 80
MC Saud Al Sharif KSA 77 77
MC Veer Ahlawat IND 75 79
MC Saleh Al Alkaabi QAT 76 78
MC Sisira Kumara SRI 80 75
MC Naveenda Ranga SRI 78 77
MC N Amarapadma SRI 80 75
MC Karimian Noshah Hassan IRI 79 77
MC Naraajie Ramadan INA 76 80
MC Vanseiha Seng CAM 78 80
MC Dondovtseveen Luvsandondov MGL 82 76
MC Masanam Arumugam SRI 82 76
MC Daryl Poe GUM 77 81
MC Azaan Al Rumhi OMA 79 79
MC Soti Dinki PNG 77 81
MC Tshendra Dorji BHU 78 81
MC Sihuang Yan MAC 82 77
MC Malase Maifea ASA 78 82
MC Vasin Manibanseng LAO 82 78
MC Priya Hemantha SRI 79 83
MC Rachid Akl LIB 86 77
MC Alick Dalo SOL 80 84
MC George Rukabo SOL 79 88
MC Tanka B. Karki NEP 84 83
MC Mendsaikham Gangaa MGL 83 85
MC Chak Hou Tang MAC 90 78
MC Jozi Seyed Mahmoud IRI 86 83
MC Robert Aipopo Faaaliga SAM 84 86
MC Ugen Dorji BHU 89 82
MC Arun Tamang NEP 84 90
MC Sokhamony Thong CAM 91 85
MC James Herman COK 92 90
MC Aidarali Asanov KGZ 103 89