THE opportunity to see some of the world’s best up and coming golfing talent is on offer for free at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship from October 23-26 on the Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s Composite Course.
Players from 38 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation nations will contest for this year’s title and the chance to win a spot in the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National.
Not only is entry to the event free, but the first 100 patrons through the gates on each day will receive a tournament cap.
A 10 strong contingent of young Aussie golfers has been confirmed for the event, including three members of the four-player Australian team which won the 2013 Ten Nations Cup in South Africa.
Among that trio is 16 year old Ryan Ruffels, the reigning Australian junior champion, who won his age group at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in the United States this year.
Ruffels commented on qualifying for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship: “It’s pretty special to be playing a tournament here in Australia, where if you happen to play well for one week you’ve got a trip to the Masters secured. It’s a huge incentive. Augusta is a place you dream of playing as a kid growing up.”
Ruffels is ranked at number 33 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings, with the other Australians playing including Lucas Herbert (9), Taylor MacDonald (18), Geoff Drakeford (25), Todd Sinnott (65), Jarryd Felton (72), Curtis Luck (117), Cory Crawford (145), Ben Eccles (159) and Anthony Murdaca (156).
The week will culminate on Sunday October 26 with a Dads ‘n’ Lads day out.
Fathers bring your sons, boys bring your dads, or if you’re a bit brave, your father in-law.
Entry into The Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will be free. For more information, visit www.aacgolf.com.