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AAC Academy

The Asia Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) Academy was created by the three Founding Partners, APGC, the Masters Tournament and The R&A, as a legacy project for the tenth anniversary of the Championship held in Singapore last year at Sentosa Golf Club.

The Academy aims to assist players from developing nations in the region with participants from six South East Asian countries involved in the launch. Following on from the initial success, the Academy will expand with players from the Middle East, Northern Asia and the Pacific Islands in addition to South East Asia becoming involved.  

Ranging from 14 to 27 years of age, players from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar Sri Lanka and Vietnam were all involved in the Academy in 2019 with their selection based on ability, WAGR ranking and previous participation in the AAC.

We would like to congratulate the following players on their selection for the AAC Academy:

Md Shomrat Sikder (BAN), Md Shahab Uddin (BAN), Dang Quang Anh (VIE), Bao Long Nguyen (VIE), Pyae Phyo Thu (MYA), Hlaing Min Htet (MYA), Thammalack Bouahom (LAO), Chanaka Perera (SRI), Uchita Ranasinghe (SRI), Vavnseiha Seng (CAM), Pichmeta Peou (CAM) and Chanpasith Ounaphom (LAO) who unfortunately withdrew due to injury.

Held at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore from 3-8 June, the Academy curriculum focussed on sport psychology and mental preparation, strength and conditioning, Trackman swing analysis, Titleist custom fitting, short game coaching, technical swing improvements and tournament preparation skills.

We would like to thank the personnel who assisted in delivering the programme:

John Crampton         - Sport psychologist and programme coordinator

Mark Holland             - Head coach

Dr Micaiah Meuer      - Strength and conditioning coach

Scott Barr                   - Asian Tour player and short game specialist

Andrew Rogers           - Titleist club fitting specialist

Skye Neal                   - Sentosa Head professional

Nick Shan                   - Academy coordinator

The players embraced their time at the Academy with their days beginning at 6.30am with a team breakfast followed by a warm-up and conditioning session. The Academy schedule included a number of individual and group sessions as well as a variety of skills sessions and testing.

The Academy programme covered the following specific areas:

  • Tournament preparation
  • Tournament shot making skills
  • Tournament short game skills
  • Golf specific physical screening
  • Golf body and development programme
  • Titleist club fitting
  • Trackman skills profile
  • Full game principles and applications
  • Golf brain and play systems

The programme was also tailored to ensure the players received skills and knowledge for their possible participation in this year’s AAC which will be played at Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai from 26 - 29 September. Sheshan International Golf Club is also the host of the WGC - HSBC Champions five weeks after the AAC.

With busy and demanding days, the players showed great commitment to their development and applied themselves well. They absorbed an enormous amount of information and learned various new skills which will help them to prepare for tournaments in the future. Importantly, the participants all enjoyed the experience displaying good camaraderie with many new friendships established.

At the end of the week each player received a certificate of merit for attending the Academy while the Academy Short Game Award was presented to Dang Quang Anh from Vietnam while Pyae Phyo Thu from Myanmar and Mohammad Shomrat Sikder from Bangladesh were recognised as the best overall performers.

More than just a six-day programme, the participants have been empowered to continue with their individual development based on the specific recommendations provided by the specialist coaches. To ensure ongoing support for the players, a website has been established with an interface for each player to login so that the coaches can monitor their development and progress.

Singapore proved to be a good location for the Academy with the R&A Asia Pacific office housed on the property. Sentosa Golf Club was specifically chosen for its excellent practice and training facilities, indoor teaching studios equipped with Trackman equipment, a Titleist custom fitting area and two championship level golf courses.

Following the inaugural Academy, a full review is being carried out to enhance the Academy for the 2020 participants.