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The R&A and Asia-Pa­cific Golf Con­fed­er­a­tion (APGC) have an­nounced that the first ever Women’s Ama­teur Asia-Pa­cific golf cham­pi­onship will be played at Sen­tosa Golf Club in Sin­ga­pore from 21st to 24th Fe­bru­ary 2018. The in­au­gu­ral event will take place at the New Tan­jong course and will pro­vide the most tal­ented women ama­teur golfers in the re­gion with the op­por­tu­nity to earn an in­vi­ta­tion to play in two ma­jor cham­pi­onships: the Ri­coh Women’s Bri­tish Open and the ANA In­spi­ra­tion. The win­ner of the Women’s Ama­teur Asia-Pa­cific will be in­vited by HSBC to play in the 11th HSBC Women’s Cham­pi­onship, the re­gion’s lead­ing women’s golf tour­na­ment, on the same course at Sen­tosa next year. It was also an­nounced that the Royal Golf Club in Ja­pan will be the venue for the cham­pi­onship in 2019 and 2020.

The for­mat for the cham­pi­onship will be 72 holes of stroke play and play­ers will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate from mem­ber coun­tries of the APGC based on the WORLD AMA­TEUR GOLF RANK­ING (WAGR). A to­tal of 86 play­ers will make up the field and it is ex­pected that around 20 coun­tries will be rep­re­sented. A max­i­mum num­ber of six play­ers from any coun­try other than the host will be able to en­ter, the host coun­try will re­ceive an ad­di­tional four in­vi­ta­tions. Kabaya Ohayo Group and Rolex will be the cham­pi­onship’s prin­ci­pal spon­sors, while IMG have been en­gaged to as­sist with tour­na­ment stag­ing and TV broad­cast­ing, which will in­clude live cov­er­age and high­lights pack­ages.

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