Chinese great adds to Asia Pacific Am
04 Sep 2013
Liang Wen-chong, China’s most successful professional golfer, has been confirmed as the official Ambassador for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), which will be held at Nanshan International Golf Club 24 – 27 October 2013. As the event’s Ambassador, Liang will help promote the event across the region.
Inaugurated in 2009 as an annual event to help develop golf in the region, the AAC has rapidly become the preeminent amateur golf competition throughout all of Asia-Pacific, attracting the top amateurs from the 35 member organizations of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC). Developed jointly by the APGC, the Masters Tournament and The R&A, the AAC’s winner receives an invitation to the Masters and, along with the runner(s)-up, advances to International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship.
Since turning pro in 1999, Liang has collected 18 career victories and in 2008 made his major championship debut when he played the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. He is well-placed to offer advice to this year’s AAC field having recorded his most recent professional win at the Nanshan China Masters in October last year, played over the same Nanshan International course that will serve as the venue for this year’s AAC.
“I am honoured to be the Ambassador for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship this year,” said the Zhongshan native. “I hope I am able to inspire the competitors to continue improving and reach their full potential in golf. This event provides a great platform for the best amateur golfers in the region as they continue to develop their skills. No such pathway existed until a few years ago, and I hope they are able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to further their golfing career.”
Liang, who is also a Working For Golf Ambassador for The R&A, added, “This is the fifth year of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and competitors who have performed at the tournament are beginning to make a mark on the world stage. Hideki Matsuyama won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship twice. In his rookie season on the Japan Golf Tour he has already won twice this season and is in the world’s top 50. This is a tremendous achievement, and I am sure the world-class competition at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship played a part in his early professional success.”
Teenage sensation Guan Tianlang won the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur last year and took full advantage of his Masters invitation to create history as the youngest golfer ever to make the cut in a major championship. With rounds of 73-75-77-75 at Augusta National, he won the Tournament’s Silver Cup, given to the low amateur in the field. At Nanshan International Golf Club this October, Guan will hope for an advantage in his native China as he defends his 2012 title.
“The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship is the premier amateur competition in our region, and I think it is exciting to have the support of one of my golfing heroes, Liang Wen-chong,” Guan said. “He has been an inspiration to me and all golfers in China and has proven that you can achieve your dreams through hard work and dedication. I know all of us from China competing in the AAC will aim to make him proud.”