China’s Dominance at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
October 30, 2017
Team Singapore was represented by six of our best male golfers to compete at the 9th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship held at the Royal Wellington Golf Club, New Zealand this year. A major event for amateurs in the Asia-Pacific region, where invitations for the championship are sent to the leading players from the 41 Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) affiliated organizations.
China dominated this year with Lin Yuxin crowned the winner with a total of 14-under par 270 (69, 67, 69, 65) while his compatriot Andy Zhang and Yuan Yechun finished 11-under 273 (69, 70, 67, 67) and 7-under 277 (7, 66, 69, 68) respectively to take second and tied third. This win also secured Lin a spot in the 2018 Masters Tournament as well as The 147th Open at Carnoustie while Zhang’s efforts was rewarded with a place in The Open Qualifying Series.
Team Singapore saw only Abdul Hadi and Gregory Foo made the cut after two days (top 60 including ties) while Joshua Shou, Jesse Yap, Low Wee Jin and Joshua Ho missing the cut by a hair. Singapore’s top finish was by Abdul Hadi with an impressive 66 on the final day to wrap up the event even par 284 (71, 74, 73, 66) that shot him up by 22 spots to settle at T17th. Gregory Foo finished with 7-over 291 (74, 70, 73, 74) to place T41st.
The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship is an annual amateur golf tournament, a major of amateur golf in the region. Every player would gun for the ultimate prize of getting a start at the Masters Tournament and now also The Open Championship. It is indeed a life-changing tournament and is played at various locations throughout Asia-Pacific. Organized by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) in conjunction with the Masters Tournament and The R&A, organizers of The Open Championship.
Singapore will be the main host for next year’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship 2018. It will be a historical 10th year anniversary for the Men’s event in October. Singapore will also be the first host of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Golf Championship in Feb 2018. Both tournaments will be held at Sentosa Golf Club, New Tanjong Course.