SINGAPORE – For the third time, the Asian Amateur Championship, organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and supported by the Masters Tournament and The R&A, will gather the top amateur players to determine the region’s top golfer of the year. With an invitation to play in the 2012 Masters Tournament awaiting the winner, and a spot for both the winner and the runner(s)-up in next year’s International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship at stake, the Asian Amateur Championship will again aim to motivate players to aspire to play at the game’s highest level.
From 29 September – 2 October, a 120-player field will compete in the 72-hole stroke play event on the New Course at The Singapore Island Country Club. During the Championship, three-time Masters and Open Champion Sir Nick Faldo will speak at a private dinner for players and officials, assuming the inspirational role filled in recent years by Gary Player (China, 2009) and Ryo Ishikawa (Japan, 2010).
“An essential element to developing future generations of golfers is establishing role models,” said Kwangsoo Hur, President of the APGC. “Throughout his career, Sir Nick Faldo has become a fine example of the rewards hard work and dedication provide.”
Although he did not commit to the game of golf until the age of 14, Faldo, who was inspired himself by golfing icon Jack Nicklaus, quickly became one of England’s top amateur players. He then rose to professional prominence through much of the 1980s and 90s, winning the Masters Tournament in 1989, ’90 and ’96 and the Open Championship in 1987, ’90, ’92.
“I am honoured to have been invited to take part in the festivities surrounding the Asian Amateur Championship, which celebrates golf development in this region of the world,” Faldo said. “My support and participation furthers my efforts to re-pay the sport for all it has afforded me throughout my career, and I am eager to share what I have learned along the way with Asia-Pacific’s up-and-coming amateur players.”
Faldo’s efforts also include his Faldo Series events, which began in 1996 to provide a platform to nurture and identify young golfing talent. A total of 35 tournaments now take place each year in 25 countries worldwide, covering the UK, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia.