Asia-Pacific Am to be played at Royal Melbourne in '14

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan stands with the trophy after winning the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan stands with the trophy after winning the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

The Asia-Pacific Amateur will leave the Asian continent for the first time in 2014, and for good reason. The tournament, conducted by Augusta National Golf Club, the R&A and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, is headed to historic Royal Melbourne in Australia.

Royal Melbourne, designed by Alister Mackenzie, is considered one of the world’s top courses. It hosted the 1998 and 2011 Presidents Cups.

“The 2014 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will mark a new chapter for the event as it visits our region for the first time,” said John Hopkins, chairman of Golf Australia. “Australia has a proud history of hosting amateur and professional events, and Australians will come out in force to watch the top golfers from all across the Asia-Pacific region. The players can be assured of playing at one of the country’s best and most famous golf clubs.”

China’s Nanshan International Golf Club, a 279-hole complex in Longkou City, near Yantai in Shandong Province, will host next year’s Asian Amateur Championship. The event will be played on the Danling Garden Course, which staged the OneAsia Tour’s China Nanshan Masters earlier this month. China hosted the inaugural Asian Amateur Championship, at Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen, China.

The Asia-Pacific Amateur offers the winner an invitation to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The champion and runner(s)-up earn spots in International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for The Open Championship.

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