2016

Australia’s Curtis Luck Wins the 2016 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Korea

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2016 AAC Tournament winner Curtis Luck with the Asia-Pacific Amateur trophy at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea on October 9th, 2016. (Photo by AAC)

Date                 6-9 October 2016
Venue             Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, Incheon, Korea
Par                   36-36-72
Length           6,457 metres/7,062 yards
Designer       Nicklaus Design
Opened          2010

Australia’s Curtis Luck, 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.

Luck, who has already earned berths in the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale next year after winning the U.S. Amateur in August, carded a bogey-free 67 to finish on 12-under-par (276).

As runner-up, Coletta (75) earned a place in The Open Qualifying Series.

Following Antonio Murdaca’s victory in Melbourne two years ago, Australian players have now won the Championship twice to equal South Korea (2009, 2013), Japan (2010, 2011) and China (2012, 2015).

New Zealand’s Luke Toomey carded a best-of-the-day 66 to finish third at nine under, two ahead of Australia’s Cameron Davis (77), last year’s joint runner-up.

Junya Kameshiro (75), Japan’s top-ranked amateur, finished fifth at five under while Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chun-an (69), Thailand’s KK Limbhasut (73), Korea’s Lee Won-jun (73) and China’s Yuan Yechun (70) finished sixth to ninth, respectively. The defending champion, Jin Cheng from China, finished in a tie for 15th at six over par.

Luck, 20, was seven behind Coletta at the start of the final day and had to shoot his lowest score of the week to clinch the Championship in his second appearance, having made his debut in 2014.

“I’ve had an amazing year and this has topped it off,” said Luck who was part of the Australia team that won the World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico two weeks ago.

“I came here to try my best and win, but I wasn’t expecting to be standing here with the trophy at the end of the week. I’ve had a pretty good year and a couple of big wins in the past couple of months.”

Playing in the penultimate group, Luck birdied Nos. 2, 11, 12 and 15 and was playing the par-five 18th when he realised Coletta had drawn level with him following a chip-in birdie on 17. Luck had hit his second shot into a bunker, but splashed out to 15 feet and drained a curling putt, following it up with an emotional fist pump.

“It was a pretty nerve-racking finish as I knew Brett could make birdie on 18, so fortunately for me he didn’t,” said Luck.

“That bunker shot was probably one of the most nervous shots I’ve ever had to play, and the putt just topped it off. I left myself a bit of a swinging putt, but I had a really good feel for it.”

Luck conceded that he felt for Coletta, who led after rounds two and three. “Brett’s a really close friend of mine and I understand the opportunity he has just missed out on. I do feel a little guilty and sad, but I’m so competitive I couldn’t give up the chance to win an event like this.”

Coletta, 20, started the day at 14-under, but a birdie at three was followed by back-to-back bogeys then double bogeys at nine and 11. He bounced back with birdies at 14 and 17 but was unable to convert a birdie putt on the last and force a playoff.

“It’s really hard to swallow, but you’ve got to look at the positives. I’ve had three good rounds at a tournament I’ve never played before,” said Coletta, last year’s U.S. Amateur stroke play medallist.

“A chip-in on 17 helped and I knew I had to make a birdie at 18, but I had a poor second shot. My chip wasn’t too much better, but that’s golf for you.

“I’m going to look back at the first three rounds and leading this prestigious event. I’ll go back and catch up with family who will be so proud of me. They were just hoping to see me once on TV, never mind seeing me lead after the second and third rounds.”

The ninth Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will be held at Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand from October 26-29, 2017.

The eighth AAC featured 118 players from 38 APGC member associations. Television coverage included three hours of live broadcast on each of the four days and a 30-minute highlights show, and was aired in more than 160 countries, once again making it the world’s most televised amateur golf tournament.

POS PLAYER NATIONALITY TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 Curtis LUCK AUS -12 70 69 70 67 276
2 Brett COLETTA AUS -11 67 67 68 75 277
3 Luke TOOMEY NZL -9 71 72 70 66 279
4 Cameron DAVIS AUS -7 65 70 69 77 281
5 Junya KAMESHIRO JPN -5 68 69 71 75 283
6 YU Chun-An TPE -4 71 71 73 69 284
7 KK LIMBHASUT THA -3 68 71 73 73 285
8 LEE Won Jun KOR 0 73 69 73 73 288
9 YUAN Yechun CHN 1 73 72 74 70 289
10 Kazuki HIGA JPN 2 75 70 67 78 290
11 Nick VOKE NZL 3 71 72 71 77 291
12 Andy ZHANG CHN 4 73 69 75 75 292
12 Takumi KANAYA JPN 4 70 70 70 82 292
14 JANG Seung Bo KOR 5 74 74 75 70 293
15 Travis SMYTH AUS 6 74 79 67 74 294
15 Daniel HILLIER NZL 6 73 70 76 75 294
15 Gunn YANG KOR 6 78 73 72 71 294
15 JIN Cheng CHN 6 72 72 74 76 294
15 Gregory FOO SIN 6 72 74 72 76 294
15 Yuwa KOSAIHIRA JPN 6 67 72 76 79 294
21 Luke BROWN NZL 8 72 76 73 75 296
21 Sadom KAEWKANJANA THA 8 74 72 75 75 296
21 Yuxin LIN CHN 8 73 71 75 77 296
21 Kaito ONISHI JPN 8 75 71 70 80 296
21 Witchayanon CHOTHIRUNRUNGRUENG THA 8 75 77 75 69 296
26 Viraj MADAPPA IND 9 76 72 72 77 297
26 YUN Sung Ho KOR 9 74 76 73 74 297
26 Harrison ENDYCOTT AUS 9 72 73 80 72 297
29 William HOWARD COK 11 75 73 73 78 299
29 Rayhan THOMAS IND 11 70 75 76 78 299
29 Jesse YAP SIN 11 79 70 71 79 299
32 Joshua HO SIN 12 71 75 74 80 300
32 LIU Kaiwen CHN 12 75 73 75 77 300
32 Toshiki ISHITOKU JPN 12 77 74 72 77 300
32 YEH Yu-Chen TPE 12 71 79 68 82 300
32 RYU Je Chang KOR 12 75 72 70 83 300
32 LEE Jae-Kyeoung KOR 12 76 75 78 71 300
38 Yuvraj SANDHU IND 13 72 75 74 80 301
38 Nicholas COXON NZL 13 69 71 78 83 301
38 Nathan ZHAO GUM 13 76 72 77 76 301
38 Anthony QUAYLE AUS 13 73 76 76 76 301
42 Rigel FERNANDES IND 15 76 71 73 83 303
42 Kshitij Naveed KAUL IND 15 74 73 77 79 303
42 Daeng RAHMAN MAS 15 74 75 77 77 303
45 Ryan CHISNALL NZL 16 78 72 72 82 304
46 Chi Quan TRUONG VIE 17 74 77 71 83 305
46 Ekpharit WU THA 17 75 75 78 77 305
46 Matthew CHEUNG HKG 17 80 72 77 76 305
49 YE Wocheng CHN 18 73 74 77 82 306
49 CHAN Tuck Soon MAS 18 72 77 85 72 306
49 TSAI Kai-Jen TPE 18 79 74 77 76 306
52 Tae Ho KIM KOR 19 80 71 76 80 307
52 Ruperto ZARAGOSA PHI 19 78 73 78 78 307
54 Danial DURISIC MAS 22 74 74 78 84 310
54 James LEOW SIN 22 76 76 76 82 310
56 Ghazanfar MEHMOOD PAK 23 76 75 83 77 311
57 Zin Aung MIN MYA 24 74 78 74 86 312
58 Han-Ting CHIU TPE 27 74 77 83 81 315
59 Jonathan WIJONO INA 29 72 81 77 87 317
MC Maung Maung OO MYA 10 78 76 154
MC Do Le GIA DAT VIE 10 75 79 154
MC CHOI Hou Kuan MAC 10 75 79 154
MC WANG Wei-Hsiang TPE 10 75 79 154
MC Priyanshu SINGH IND 11 79 76 155
MC Lloyd Jefferson GO PHI 11 79 76 155
MC Thammasack BOUAHOM LAO 11 76 79 155
MC Devin HUA GUM 12 79 77 156
MC Galven GREEN MAS 12 78 78 156
MC Amir Nazrin JAILANI MAS 12 79 77 156
MC Saleh AL KAABI QAT 12 80 76 156
MC Saud AL SHARIF KSA 12 80 76 156
MC Taimoor KHAN PAK 13 79 78 157
MC Khaled ATTIEH KSA 13 77 80 157
MC HA Jin Bo KOR 14 80 78 158
MC Muhd Afif RAZIF MAS 14 78 80 158
MC Mohammad RASEL BAN 14 80 78 158
MC Naraajie EMERALD INA 14 83 75 158
MC Atiruj WINAICHAROENCHAI THA 15 80 79 159
MC GUAN Tianlang CHN 15 82 77 159
MC Leon Philip D’SOUZA HKG 15 82 77 159
MC Behrod KESHTAVAR IRI 16 76 84 160
MC Sangchai KEAWCHAROEN THA 16 78 82 160
MC Ali HAMMOUD LIB 16 80 80 160
MC Tirto TAMARDI INA 16 81 79 160
MC Roneel PRAKASH FIJ 17 78 83 161
MC DELGERMAA Ulziidelger MGL 18 83 79 162
MC LIN Yuan-Wei TPE 18 79 83 162
MC Joseph CHUN KOR 18 83 79 162
MC SENG Vanseiha CAM 19 85 78 163
MC Azzan AL RUMHI OMA 19 84 79 163
MC Akbar HOSSAIN BAN 19 85 78 163
MC Brian TAIKIRI PNG 19 76 87 163
MC Ismael LELAE PNG 20 83 81 164
MC Naveenda RANGA SRI 21 82 83 165
MC George RUKABO SOL 21 80 85 165
MC Sultan AL-HAKAM BRN 21 85 80 165
MC Olaf ALLEN FIJ 22 81 85 166
MC Sukra Bahadur RAI NEP 22 86 80 166
MC YAN Sihuang MAC 22 86 80 166
MC Nasser YACOOB BRN 22 80 86 166
MC Amarapadma NARAHENPITAGE SRI 26 85 85 170
MC J M D INDIKA SRI 26 86 84 170
MC Abdel Ghani ZEIN LIB 26 83 87 170
MC Ugen DORJI BHU 27 87 84 171
MC Hassan KARIMIAN NOSHAHR IRI 27 86 85 171
MC Altynbek IMANALIEV KGZ 27 88 83 171
MC PEOU Pichmeta CAM 31 85 90 175
MC Tanka KARKI NEP 31 87 88 175
MC Thomas FELANI SOL 33 89 88 177
MC Willie TELESO ASA 35 88 91 179
MC Tshendra DORJI BHU 38 88 94 182
MC James HERMAN COK 40 95 89 184
MC GANGAA Mendsaikhan MGL 47 103 88 191
MC Tariq ALGABABSHEH JOR 48 94 98 192
MC Aidarali ASANOV KGZ 49 95 98 193
MC Edward SAMOA ASA 57 100 101 201
WD KANG Tae Young KOR 3 74 73 147
WD Riyad ALMAJALI JOR 14 86 86