The R&A and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) have announced that the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) championship’s fifth edition will be held on The New Course at The Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) from 9-12 March, 2023.
Following the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, The R&A and the APGC are moving the championship back to their preferred March slot in the calendar in 2023.
While the WAAP aims to inspire future generations of women golfers, it also provides the champion with a launchpad into international golf through exemptions into multiple women’s major championships and other elite amateur championships.
The winner will be invited to compete in three major championships – the AIG Women’s Open, the Chevron Championship and Amundi Evian Championship. In addition, they will be invited to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Hana Financial Group Championship.
Pinnacle for amateur golfers
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship is at the pinnacle of the women’s amateur game in the region and we are thrilled to be taking it to such an outstanding venue.
“We established this championship to give the top women’s players the chance to excel and progress toward the professional game. We have undoubtedly succeeded when you look at the success of Yuka Saso, Patty Tavatanakit and world number one Atthaya Thitikul among others.”
APGC Chairman Taimur Hassan Amin said that the WAAP, first played in 2018, had already become a feature on the international amateur calendar and showcases the best golfers and courses in the region.
“There are very few championships that can claim to have had such a profoundly positive impact in such a short space of time, evidenced by the outstanding international performances of so many of the players who have appeared in the WAAP,” said Hassan.