ELITE WOMEN’S AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP LAUNCHED IN ASIA-PACIFIC
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.