Strong Indian contingent for Asian amateur golf championship


Singapore : India is fielding a strong six-member team for the Asian Amateur Golf Championship to be held at the New Course at the Singapore Island Country Club from Sep 29 to Oct 2.

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The championship is considered to be one of the most prestigious events in Asia with a berth available for the Masters the following year.

The six Indians in the field are Abhijit Chadha, a member of the silver medal-winning Indian team at Asian Games 2010 and winner of last year’s Faldo Series Asia, National champion S. Chikkarangappa, Trishul Chinappa, Angad Cheema, Honey Baisoya and Khalin Joshi.

The championship will have a maximum field of 120 players.

The Asian Amateur Championship, organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and supported by the Masters Tournament and The R&A, will determine the region’s top golfer of 2011.

The winners get an invitation to play in the 2012 Masters Tournament. The winner and the runners-up will also get a berth in next year’s International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship.

Present at the event will be Nick Faldo, a three-time winner at the Masters and the Open, who will speak at a private dinner for players and officials. Each year, the organisers invite a top player to inspire the young champions. In 2009, it was Gary Player and in 2010, when the event was held in Japan, young superstar Ryo Ishikawa met the players.