Date: November 01, 2012
Author: Golf Australia

Asia Pacific Amateur: Scores, TV Schedule

AUSTRALIAN TV SCHEDULE (Times are AEDST, Check Local Guides) Thursday 1 November: 7.00pm-9.00pm LIVE (FOX SPORTS 2) Friday 2 November: 7.00pm-9.00pm LIVE (FOX SPORTS 2) Saturday 3 November: 7.00pm-9.00pm LIVE (FOX SPORTS 2) Sunday 4 November: 7.00pm-9.00pm LIVE (FOX SPORTS 2) LIVE SCORES: Six Australians are in action in today s opening round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Amata Spring Golf Club in Thailand. Brett Drewitt (NSW), Oliver Goss (WA) Nathan Holman (VIC), Ricky Kato (NSW), James McMillan (VIC) and Cameron Smith (QLD) are all hunting a victory which carries with it an invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The champion and runner(s)-up also earn places in International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for The Open Championship in 2013. Goss starts in Thailand on the back of his impressive play-off victory at the WA Open last week and Smith represented Australia recently at the Eisenhower Trophy in Turkey. Smith is the only player in this year s Australian contingent to have played the championship before. Drewitt, Holman, Kato and McMillan have also recorded consistent results this year, culminating in their qualification for the event via the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Each year, invitations for the championship are sent to the leading players from the APGC-member countries. Each country is automatically provided with two positions, which are to be filled by their highest-ranked players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). If there is only one or no players from a member country in the rankings, they are able to nominate one or two players accordingly provided the player/s have a handicap of 5.4 or less. The remainder of the field is filled by taking the next highest ranked players from the WAGR with the maximum number of players allowed from a country being six. The only exception is for the host country, which is allowed to nominate an additional four players. Today s start follows the announcement that Royal Melbourne Golf Club will be the first Australian club to host the championship in 2014. Nanshan International Golf Club in China will host the 2013 championship. The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship features 120 players from the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation s (APGC) 36 member associations.