(Melbourne, Australia) – The R&A, Masters Tournament, and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) are ready for the 2023 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) which is taking place at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia on October 26-29. Ahmad Skaik, the highest-ranked United Arab Emirates (UAE) amateur will be competing against the best amateur golfers in the Asia-Pacific region.
The AAC was created in February 2009 as a common idea to grow the game in the Asia-Pacific area by the AAC, the Masters Tournament, and the R&A. Each year, the winner gets an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament and The Open and the runner(s)-up can go directly in The Open Qualifying Series. The field of 120 players is drawn annually from the best men’s amateurs in the Asia-Pacific region, invited from the 42 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation member organizations.
Ahmad Skaik, UAE’s best amateur golfer, made the headlines a few years ago, after becoming only the second Emirati to make the cut at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. He just finished representing the UAE in the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) in Abu Dhabi after competing against the best nations in the world.
“I had a very busy summer playing the Challenge Tour events, Pan-Arab Championship, and 1st Arab Professional Championship but the work is not over. I felt so good playing team competition and representing my country at the 33rd Eisenhower Trophy in the World Amateur Team Championship and I am ready for the windy and rainy weather in Melbourne.” Skaik said.
Founded in 1891, the 36-hole Royal Melbourne Golf Club is one of Australia’s oldest golf clubs and it has been ranked number one in Australia for a long time and among the top 10 golf courses in the world. The AAC will be played on the Composite Course which comprises twelve holes from the West and six holes from the East Course. The West Course was designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the same architect who shaped Augusta National Golf Club. Royal Melbourne has hosted numerous national and international events: Men’s Australian Opens, Women’s Australian Opens, Presidents Cups, and the AAC in 2014.
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By: Cristina Petrovici