27 Jul 2018

Media Release: Australia has sent many strong teams to the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, but never statistically a better one than this year’s contingent.

The green and gold will be sported entirely by men within the top 55 of the world amateur rankings, a feat of which Golf Australia high performance director Brad James is both proud and wary.

“We are thrilled to see all our guys go in to arguably the most important tournament of their young careers in such great form,” James said.

“Some of our recent teams have been loaded with talent, too, but they’ve never held such high world rankings positions across the board – our depth is something we’re very proud of because there are some great young athletes who didn’t quite make the cut, too.

“But in saying that, for all the great athletes who’ve represented us before at this magnificent tournament, we’ve only won it twice (Antonio Murdaca and Curtis Luck) and the rankings are no guarantees of success.”

The six top-ranked Australian players at the 12 July cut-off were chosen to play at the famous Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore from 4-7 October.

By world rankings today, the Australian contingent is Min Woo Lee (No.9), David Micheluzzi (11), Dylan Perry (23), Shae Wools-Cobb (31), Zach Murray (34) and Blake Windred (54).

“It’s a great bunch of athletes,” James said.

“They’ve each done some great things domestically and internationally in the past 18 months and Min Woo, Dylan and Shae were all prominent in this event at Royal Wellington last year, so they know what it takes.

“We’ve been close a couple of times, so it would be nice to notch a third win in Singapore.”

All six Australian players have been playing in Britain and North America for much of the past two months, showing good form in the world’s leading amateur events.

They’re all desperate to repeat the success of good mate Luck and take advantage of one of the greatest prizes in amateur golf – starts at the Masters and The Open.

The winner of the Asia-Pacific’s most prestigious amateur title earns automatic starts at Augusta National and Royal Portrush in 2019, with the runner(s)-up being exempt into an Open Qualifying Series event to try to make The Open field.

In the nine previous editions of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, China has won three, with Australia, Japan and Korea two each.

 

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