Message from the chairman

This is my first report as Chairman of the APGC. Before being elected last October during the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) at Royal Wellington Golf Club, I had served on the Executive Board for eight years. It was the year the AAC started at Mission Hills and we had two international championships and the Bonallack Trophy then. Now we have six international championships and two Trophies, a lot owing to the unification of Ladies Associations in 2015. By having the new women’s championship, Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific (WAAP), at Sentosa, Singapore, in February next year, the APGC almost has full calendar of international events.
First of all, I have to thank my predecessor, Dr David Cherry, now our Honorary Chairman, for his supreme leadership and personal commitment to accomplish these. I am extremely delighted to report that KJ Lee from Korea, our exceptional General Secretary will continue to stay in the position while Philip Hassall from New Zealand remains as Treasurer. Taimur Amin from Pakistan, our new Vice Chairman, I am sure, will add significant values with his long-time experiences to us in addition to his superb golf skill. Three lady board members, Rae-Vadee Suwan from Thailand, Raby Abbas from Malaysia and Nicki Hirayama from Japan, are the frontrunners for our growing women’s games. Mohammed Al Naimi from Qatar is working hard for the forthcoming Bonallack Trophy and Patsy Hankins Trophy at Doha Golf Club. Ishwar Achanta from India and Wang LiWei from China, representing two most populated countries in the world, will play an important role to further enhance our activities in the world of golf. It is also good news that John Hopkins from Australia joins the board and chairs our Championship Committee.
For the players’ side, it is also amazing. We have both defending champions, Australia for the Eisenhower Trophy and Korea for the Espirito Santo Trophy. SI Ngai from Macau won the individual title of the APGC Junior Championship at Hong Kong G.C. and played in the Asia-Pacific Open Championship in Japan. Lin Yuxin from China, winner of the AAC at Royal Wellington, is going to play at The Masters next April and the Open at Carnoustie in July. Hye-jin Choi from Korea, individual winner of Queen Sirikit at Shuangshan G.C., China, became runner-up in the US Women’s Open in July and turned professional soon afterwards. In the Nomura Cup last month, at Sungai Long Golf & Country Club, Malaysia, Team Thailand won for the first time with record breaking 56 under par in 54 years of history.
Our geographic coverage is huge – from American Samoa to Lebanon and from Mongolia to New Zealand. Furthermore we are highly diversified in language, religion, colour, culture, food and climate. In my part of the region, Japan, there are few golf activities and almost no championship game during February and March (we call “winter”), but the 2018 APGC calendar begins with our inaugural event, the Women’s Amateur (WAAP) in February in Singapore and the Bonallack/Patsy Hankins Trophy in March in Qatar. But no need to worry. We are connected well thanks to the irresistible attraction of golf in the innermost part of our mind. Undoubtedly the singularity of its rules helps. The French poet Paul Geraldy said: “We must resemble each other a little in order to understand each other, but we must be a little different to love each other.”
Through golfing we can know each other more. We continue to provide opportunities in the best possible way for many players in our region to compete for their future career and create mutual friendship.
Finally we are truly thankful to our great partners, the R&A and The Masters and our sponsors Rolex and Mitsubishi Corporation who made our achievements possible and will be indispensable for our future growth.
I hope we can look outward together in the same direction.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

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