Field finalised for Asian Amateur Championship

The Asian Amateur Championship, organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A, today released its final 2011 Championship field, which includes the top male amateur golfers from 35 APGC member nations and territories.

A 120-player field will compete in the 72-hole stroke play event from September 29 – October 2 on the New Course at The Singapore Island Country Club. An invitation to play in the 2012 Masters Tournament awaits the winner, while both the winner and the runner(s)-up will earn a place in International Final Qualifying for The Open next year.

Among the leading contenders for the championship is 2010 Asian Amateur Champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. Currently ranked No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), he returns after a triumphant Masters Tournament that saw him win the coveted Silver Cup as the highest placed amateur who made the cut. His tie for 27th at Augusta National Golf Club left him impressively alongside 2010 Masters champion Phil Mickelson come Tournament’s end.

Making his third appearance at the tournament is 2009 runner-up Eric Chun, who brings a wealth of experience with him after he made it through International Final Qualifying for The Open to earn a place at St Andrews in 2010.

Singapore is well represented in the field with 10 players, including top ranked amateurs Joshua Shou and Lam Zhiqun. Lam won this year’s Singapore National Amateur Championship and Shou goes into the tournament as the Johor Amateur Open champion.

Another player for home fans to watch is 16-year-old Marc Ong, who won last year’s HSBC Youth Golf Challenge. His good form has continued in 2011 with a runner-up spot at the Vietnam Amateur Open and earlier this month he helped Singapore win the Putra Cup at the South-East Asian Amateur Golf Team Championship.

The Singapore squad also includes Johnson Poh, Gregory Foo, Tze Huang Choo, Melvin Chew, Jerome Ng, George Foo and Joshua Ho.

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