The Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Match and The R&A right now introduced that the 12th Asia-Pacific Newbie Championship (AAC) is ready to be held 3-6 November 2021 at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Membership (Championship Course) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Created in 2009, the AAC was established to additional develop novice golf within the Asia-Pacific area. The champion receives an invite to compete within the Masters Match and The Open, whereas the runner(s)-up acquire a spot in Remaining Qualifying for The Open.
The 2020 AAC was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 championship will mark the primary version held within the UAE, one of many APGC’s 42 member international locations, and can be a part of the quite a few skilled and novice occasions Dubai hosts yearly, together with the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Traditional and DP World Tour Championship.
Taimur Hassan Amin, Chairman of the APGC, Fred Ridley, Chairman of the Masters Match, and Martin Slumbers, Chief Govt of The R&A, stated in a joint assertion:
“This 12 months’s historic win on the Masters Match by Hideki Matsuyama, a two-time Asia-Pacific Newbie champion, underscored the significance of this occasion as a platform for the sport’s improvement and rising expertise within the area. We’re grateful for the assist of the Emirates Golf Federation and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Membership, and we’re dedicated to working intently with all concerned to stage this 12 months’s championship with accountable protocols in place so we will present this life-changing alternative safely to those deserving gamers. Dubai Creek’s Championship Course will improve the custom of world-class venues which have hosted this championship, and we stay up for showcasing the Asia-Pacific’s top-ranked amateurs this fall.”
Opened in 1993, Dubai Creek’s Championship Course options an 18-hole, par-71 format initially designed by Karl Litten earlier than its redesign in 2004, led by Thomas Bjorn. The course has beforehand hosted the 1999 and 2000 Dubai Desert Traditional and the Mena Tour’s Dubai Creek Open, the place 2018 AAC runner-up Rayhan Thomas shot a course-record 61 in 2017. Most just lately, Dubai Creek hosted The Dubai Championship on the World Newbie Tour final December.
“After being a part of the AAC for a few years as a member of the APGC, we’re excited to welcome this prestigious championship to the UAE for the primary time,” stated His Excellency Shaikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation. “This chance means a fantastic deal to the Asia-Pacific’s many gifted amateurs. We’re honoured to assist the APGC, the Masters Match and The R&A of their efforts to conduct a secure occasion and advance our shared mission of spurring golf’s progress and improvement.”
“The AAC yearly brings collectively the main amateurs from throughout the area, and the world, and we’re proud to be chosen by the Founding Companions because the host of this 12 months’s occasion,” stated Christopher Could, Chief Govt Officer of Dubai Golf. “Our Championship Course will current each a difficult and galvanizing check for the gamers, and we stay up for highlighting their expertise and contributing to the AAC’s affect on the sport.”
Over the AAC’s 12-year historical past, the championship has served as a springboard to among the world’s high gamers right now, together with Matsuyama, a two-time AAC winner and 2021 Masters champion.
Contemporary from making the half-way lower in The 149th Open at Royal St George’s, China’s Lin Yuxin, winner of the AAC in 2017 and 2019, will probably be aiming to turn into the primary three-time winner of the championship. “It’s an exquisite match that has given me the chance to play in each the Masters and The Open, for which I’m very grateful,” stated the left-hander, sixteenth within the World Newbie Golf Rating.
For extra details about the AAC, please go to AACgolf.com.