As the last APGC Journal reported on the Bonallack Trophy and Patsy Hankins Trophy in Doha, APGC teams – both men and women – won against European teams. We are truly thankful to 24 players, captains, vice captains and coach Mr Gareth Jones. We expect to perform well, too, in the next matches scheduled to take place in Spain in 2020.
Needless to say, we appreciate very much the assistance of the Qatar Golf Association and the Qatar Olympic Committee in concluding the event with a great success.
The Queen Sirikit Cup ended recently with a thrilling finish.
Korea, Thailand, Japan and Philippines came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th all within four shots. We thank the Thailand Golf Association, Thailand Ladies Golf Association and the Queen Sirikit secretarial team for an excellent administration of the game.
The success of the inaugural WAAP at Sentosa, the APGC’s formidable victory over Europe for the Patsy Hankins Trophy at Doha and recent exciting games of Queen Sirikit Cup at Thana City Country Club,Thailand, assure us a healthy development of women’s golf at the elite level in our region. I want to see many players of APGC members invited to the inaugural Women’s Amateur in Augusta next year.
After busy months of February, March and May the APGC takes a break championship wise until our Junior game in Hong Kong at the end of August.
Meanwhile I have asked the Board members to work on forming a strategy for the future development of the APGC. There are many issues on the table. Rules Modernization, World Handicapping, Olympic Golf, Nine Hole Golf, Women’s Charter, Sustainability, Governance, are the examples of those. The APGC is committed to support the implementation of them.
The world is changing. The world of golf is also changing. We continue to work closely with The R&A and Augusta to further develop this game in our region. Our mission is how to make our golfers feel secure and assist the National Federation of our members to develop golf in their countries.
I hope the Board could present our strategy in the forthcoming Annual Meeting during the 10th Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Singapore.
Wishing you all a cool summer for the North and warm winter for the South.