Six of Malaysia’s best amateurs will compete in the seventh edition of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Hong Kong this October 1-4.
Low Khai Jei, Ervin Chang, Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz, Galven Kendall Green, Mohd Afif Mohd Razif and Chan Tuck Soon will each look to become the first winner from Malaysia of the prestigious tournament at the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.
Organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation in conjunction with the Masters Tournament and The R&A, the AAC is played annually at a different venue throughout Asia-Pacific. The champion receives an invitation to the Masters Tournament and, along with the runner-up, gains entry to The Open Qualifying Series.
Since its inauguration in 2009, the AAC has produced an impressive list of winners, including two-time champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who has recorded top-20 finishes across all four Majors since turning professional in 2013, and 2012 champion Guan Tianlang, who made headlines in 2013 when he became the youngest player ever to make the cut at the Masters.
The AAC will feature 120 players from the APGC’s 39 member associations and will be played over 72 holes, with a halfway cut for the leading 60 players plus ties. The event is taking place in Hong Kong for the very first time.
Low Khai Jei Low – Age 19 / World Amateur Golf Ranking 183
Ervin Chang – Age 18 / World Amateur Golf Ranking 460
Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz – Age 15 / World Amateur Golf Ranking 580
Galven Kendall Green – Age 17 / World Amateur Golf Ranking 905
Mohd Afif Mohd Razif – Age 20 / World Amateur Golf Ranking 1004
Chan Tuck Soon – Age 21 /World Amateur Golf Ranking 1103
Note: Invitations for the championship are sent to the leading players from the 39 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) affiliated organizations, with each organization automatically provided with two positions to be filled by their highest-ranked players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of 6 August 2015. If there is only one or no players from a member organization in the Ranking, a member organization is able to nominate one or two players accordingly, provided the player/s have a handicap of 5.4 or less.
The remainder of the field is filled by taking the next highest ranked players from the WAGR with the maximum number of players allowed from any organization being six. The only exception is for the host country, which is allowed to nominate an additional four players.