It was shortly after the end of the Second World War that the first Singapore Open Amateur Championship was held in 1948. Within a young nation reeling from the effects of the War, the game of golf was beginning to take shape. Since then, the Singapore Open Amateur Championship has grown tremendously in stature and prestige, attracting a host of established amateurs around the region to sunny Singapore.
Spotting names of world-class golfers who were top amateurs at the time, one can find Asian-Tour Order of Merit winners Thaworn Wiranchant and Thongchai Jaidee, as well as Asian Tour winners Rashid Khan and Danthai Boonma. In addition, elite golfers from outside of Asia, like Australia and New Zealand, have also made the trip to the island nation to test their skills. Tim Stewart, then the R&A World Amateur No. 1, won the 2007 edition, while PGA tour player Tim Wilkinson won the 2001 edition. Aside from the winners, other big names have also competed for the title during their amateur days. Prom Messawat, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Angelo Que and Brad Shilton are just some of those who have played in this championship.
Since the re-induction of the Singapore Open in 2005 after a 4-year hiatus, the winner of the Singapore Open Amateur Championship has received a spot in this prestigious and world-class event that has attracted the likes of major champions such as Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Adam Scott and newly minted Masters Champion Sergio Garcia, just to name a few. All of the winners of the Singapore Open Amateur who have gone on to play in the Singapore Open had an unforgettable experience being in the midst of world-class golfers while testing their games on the world-renowned Serapong course.
Possessing such a list of prominent winners and competitors has allowed the Singapore Open Amateur to garner a reputation as an esteemed tournament that is highly regarded around the region. Every winner of this championship has proven to be a worthy champion and it is not a stretch of the imagination to say that future editions will carry this trend.
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