The inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship will be televised in over 70 countries and reach millions of homes around the world, the Founding Partners – the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and The R&A – announced today.
From 21 – 24 February, an 84-player field will compete in the new and exciting 72-hole stroke play event at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, where it will receive the support of three Patrons in Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings, Rolex, and Taiwanese non-profit organisation, Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation.
The winner will receive an invitation to play in two major championships in 2018 – the RICOH Women’s British Open and the ANA Inspiration – as well as a place in the starting field of the prestigious HSBC Women’s World Championship on the same course, the following week.
The high definition TV broadcast will be produced by Asian Tour Media and will include three hours of live coverage for each of the final two rounds. A highlights package will also be broadcast for the first two rounds, providing a total of 112 hours of coverage with a potential reach of 363,106,978 homes around the world.
The English-speaking commentary team will be led by 2003 US Women’s Amateur Champion Virada Nirapathpongporn, the Asian Tour’s Dom Boulet and Sky Sports’ Richard Kaufman, with former tour professional Timothy Low providing additional on-course commentary.
With a host of broadcast partners around the globe, golf fans can follow the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship through TV channels covering key markets on five continents.
Fox Sports will provide live coverage of the event throughout the region, including Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Pacific Islands. JTBC will provide coverage in South Korea, TV Asahi in Japan, and Travel Channel in China. Other broadcast partners include Supersport (South Africa), Viasat Golf (Northern Europe & Russia), Golf + (France), Sky (Germany and United Kingdom) Go Sport (Italy) and Golf Channel (Canada, USA).
Speaking about the importance of the international broadcast platform for the inaugural event, Dominic Wall, Director – Asia-Pacific at The R&A, said, “We expect the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship to deliver an international broadcast reach exceeding any other women’s amateur event in Asia to date and we look forward to showcasing this exciting new championship to golf fans around the world. We are extremely grateful to all our partners for the support that they continue to lend in growing the game of golf throughout the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.”
Kyungjae Lee Lee, General Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, said, “Asia-Pacific has some of the leading female golfers at both professional and amateur level, and the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific will showcase the region’s elite female amateurs in a spectacular setting in Singapore. We look forward to great coverage and media support across the region and crowning a great champion. It promises to be an exciting week at Sentosa Golf Club.”
Motohiro Nozu, CEO of Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc. added, “Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc. is a proud partner of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, and we are delighted to support the vision of the R&A and Asia Pacific Golf Confederation in creating this exciting opportunity for the best young female amateur golfers across the region. We are looking forward to staging next year’s championship at our course, The Royal Golf Club in Tokyo.”
The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship has been developed by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and The R&A to nurture talent and provide a pathway for Asia’s elite female amateurs to the international stage. The championship will be contested over four rounds of stroke play from 21-24 February 2018.
Spectators are encouraged to watch the drama unfold at Sentosa Golf Club. Entry to the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship is free of charge.
For more information on the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, visit randa.org/WAAP