Australia’s chances of taking out another Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship have been boosted by a team with the best potential yet.
The Australians will consist of a group of players all within the top 55 of the world amateur rankings.
Golf Australia high-performance director Brad James says while the contingent on paper is the best sent to contest one of
the world’s most prestigious amateur
events there will need to be no hint of complacency.
“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 October 4-7.
By recent world rankings the Australian group boasts 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 Luck and take advantage of one of the greatest prizes in amateur golf – starts at the Masters and The Open.
The winner of the 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.– Courtesy Golf Australia