The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), the region’s premier amateur golf tournament, will be televised across 160 countries and reach millions of homes around the world, the event’s Founding Partners – the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A – announced today.
From 26–29 October, a 120-player field will compete in the 72-hole stroke play event at Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand. In addition to the contributions of the Founding Partners, the Championship is supported by six Proud Partners – AT&T, 3M, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, Zurich and UPS – and two Scoring Partners, Rolex and IBM.
Asian Tour Media will produce the high-definition broadcast, which includes three hours of live coverage on each of the four competition days. A 30-minute highlight show will also be created after the conclusion of the event, all of which makes the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship the most televised amateur golf tournament in the world.
For the ninth year, the AAC will gather the top male amateur players from across the Asia-Pacific region. The champion will receive an invitation to compete in the 2018 Masters Tournament and The 147th Open at Carnoustie, while the runner(s)-up gain a place in The Open Qualifying Series for The Open. Hosted in New Zealand for the first time, this year’s AAC will continue efforts to raise the visibility of the game in the region and give the players the opportunity to compete on the world stage.
“The relationship with our broadcast partners has always been imperative to our mission of advancing the game of golf throughout the region,” said David Cherry, Chairman of the APGC. “This year is no exception, and we are very thankful for their continued support along with our Proud Partners and Scoring Partners, who help make this endeavour and its success possible. As the most televised amateur golf tournament, the AAC will once again showcase the bright talent in this region, and we look forward to bringing the action at Royal Wellington Golf Club to viewers around the world.”
The English-speaking commentary team will include Bill Macatee, a regular member of the Masters Tournament television broadcast, who will now be announcing his eighth Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. Frank Nobilo, one of New Zealand’s most successful golfers and CBS analyst in the United States, will return for the sixth consecutive year and will be joined by Fox Sports Australia broadcaster Paul Gow. Gow and golf journalist Bruce Young will handle player interviews and on-course reporting duties.
With a host of broadcast partners around the globe, golf fans can follow the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship through TV channels covering key markets on five continents. Live coverage will be broadcast on 26 and 27 October between 4 – 7 p.m. and from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on 28 and 29 October (Auckland time) across Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North and South America.
Sky will broadcast the AAC live across New Zealand via a dedicated AAC channel. Fox Sports will provide live coverage of the event throughout the region, including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Tokyo Broadcasting System and iQiyi will also provide live coverage for their territories in Japan and China, respectively. Eurosport will deliver coverage live across continental Europe. Other broadcasters include ESPN2 (United States), ESPN (Latin America), TSN (Canada), SuperSport (Southern Africa) and OSN (Middle East). The championship will also be distributed via extended highlights on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. The entirety of the live coverage will be streamed on the official event website, www.AACgolf.com.
Spectators are encouraged to watch the drama unfold at Royal Wellington Golf Club. Entry to the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship is free of charge.