Date: January 15, 2009

APGC Open Amateur underway

Click here for APGC Open Amateur Championship LIVE SCORING The 2009 Mission Hills Asia-Pacific Open Amateur Championship will tee off at the Mission Hills Golf Club World Cup Course, China today with 88 of the world s leading amateur golfers from 18 countries. Included in the field are national level players from England, Scotland, Wales and France and players from most of Asia s leading golf nations. The Championship is co-sponsored by Mission Hills and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the official amateur golf body in the Asia-Pacific region. It is the third occasion that it has been played and this year sees a record field of both players and countries. APGC Chairman, Dato Tommy Lee from Malaysia, said we are delighted that the championship has attracted such a strong field and that so many our regions best amateur golfers are participating. It is also pleasing to see that a number of Europe s leading golfing nations have sent their best players. Mr Tenniel Chu, Executive Director, Mission Hills Golf Club, said: We re excited to host the third edition of this important championship. It’s only been 3 years since Mission Hills and the APGC joined forces to give rise to the Mission Hills Asia-Pacific Open Amateur Championship, and we are extremely proud of how far we have already come with this tournament. The strong field, from an eclectic collection of countries on three continents, exemplifies the ever-increasing popularity of golf and the crucial place Asia and China now hold on the global amateur circuit. In addition to winning the championship, the winner will also receive an invitation to participate in the 2009 Australian Open Championship which will be held later in the year at the New South Wales Golf Club in Sydney. Both the APGC and Mission Hills acknowledge and thank Golf Australia for providing this exemption.