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New Zealand to host Asia Pacific Amateur

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At a press conference today during the first round of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), organisers from the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, Masters Tournament and The R&A confirmed Royal Wellington Golf Club and New Zealand Golf as hosts of the 2017 event.

The AAC offers the winner an invitation to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The champion and runner(s)-up earn spots in The Open Qualifying Series for The Open.

The 2017 event is scheduled for 26 – 29 October and will mark the first time it has been held in New Zealand. As the event moves throughout the region, it has now been held in China (2009,
2013), Japan (2010), Singapore (2011), Thailand (2012), Australia (2014) and Hong Kong (2015). Officials today also named Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea as the 2016 host venue.

Royal Wellington was founded in 1895. The course is situated outside New Zealand’s capital city on a parkland site adjacent to the Hutt River. The club has hosted seven New Zealand Open
Championships since 1912, and in 2004 became the first golf club in the country to receive Royal status.

The course recently underwent a complete redesign, which included the creation of 13 new holes and new greens, tees and bunkers. The new routing resulted in a par-72 course measuring
7,219 yards.

Andrew Meehan, Club Captain of Royal Wellington Golf Club, commented: “We are truly honoured to be chosen as the host venue for the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. The event
showcases the best in amateur golf in the region and provides a platform for the top talents to compete and motivate one another. Our planning will begin now and we look forward to welcoming all the players to our club and putting on a great event for competitors and spectators alike.”

New Zealand Golf Chairman Paul Fyfe added: “It is wonderful news that the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will be making its debut in New Zealand in 2017. The event is the perfect opportunity for golf fans to witness the future champions of the game, and we believe the excitement it creates will inspire more youngsters in New Zealand to try the sport. It would be wonderful if we see a home talent hold aloft the trophy in Wellington. We look forward to working with the Founding Partners and the Royal Wellington Golf Club to continue the fine traditions of this very special event.”

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