ASIAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP ADDS JAPAN AIRLINES, SAMSUNG AS EVENT SPONSORS

Asian Amateur Championship

For Immediate Release
19 May 2010

ASIAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP ADDS JAPAN AIRLINES, SAMSUNG AS EVENT SPONSORS
Two additional proud partners join IBM, KFC, Rolex and Zurich in support of amateur golf event

TOKYO – Japan Airlines (JAL) and Samsung Electronics have agreed to sponsor the Asian Amateur Championship, event officials have announced. The agreement with Samsung was confirmed at a signing ceremony earlier today in Tokyo. The support of Samsung and JAL will now be added to that of IBM, KFC, Rolex and Zurich, all of which backed the inaugural championship in 2009.

The 2010 Asian Amateur Championship is scheduled to take place on the West Course at Kasumigaseki Country Club on 7 – 10 October. It is the second edition in an ongoing initiative to grow the game by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A.

“Our valuable partnership with JAL and Samsung will provide the event greater strength as we make every effort to inspire this game’s growth throughout Asia,” said Kwang-soo Hur, President of the APGC. “Our vision is to nurture the future golfing heroes in this region, and this dream will someday be realised thanks, in part, to all of our valuable partners.”

The Asian Amateur Championship provides the winner an invitation to play in the following year’s Masters Tournament, while both the winner and the runner-up earn a spot in International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for The Open Championship.

Korean Chang-won Han was the victor of the inaugural Asian Amateur Championship. He then competed in the 2010 Masters. Although he missed the cut, he made an impressive debut at Augusta by posting a 79-76—155 two-day total. Fellow countryman Eric Chun, the 2009 Asian Amateur Championship runner-up, took full advantage of the invitation to The Open Championship’s IFQ. He qualified in Malaysia and will compete at St Andrews in July.

The 120-player Asian Amateur Championship field will again be comprised of the top male amateurs representing the 33 member countries of the APGC. Play will consist of 72 holes of stroke play with a cut coming after 36 holes.

For more information on the Asian Amateur Championship, please visit www.asianamateurchampionship.com.

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