The third Asian Amateur Championship official got underway tonight with a welcome reception at The Singapore Island Country Club (SICC).
The 120 players representing 35 different countries joined leading figures from both business and golf for an evening of local cuisine and entertainment.
Hosted by ESPN Star Sports commentator Alan Wilkins, the reception gave a flavour of contemporary local dance and music including a performance by Raihan as well as a tribute to Singaporean singer Dick Lee.
Welcoming the players to the event, Tay Joo Soon, President of the Singapore Island Country Club, said: “The AAC is the torch bearer in the transformation and development of amateur golf in Asia. The endorsements from amongst the world’s most prestigious golf associations have definitely taken the sport of golf in Singapore to a higher level. AAC’s focus on young talent, in particular, allows young Asians, including our own Singaporeans, the opportunity to participate in a global event.”
Among the speakers was Tommy Lee, chairman of the Asia Pacific Golf Association, who also stressed the importance of the tournament to the development of amateur golf throughout Asia.
He added: “We once again have gathered the leading amateurs from throughout the region, and we can all look forward to watching an extremely keen contest.”
A highlight of the evening was a pledge of fair play and a toast given by defending champion and Masters Silver Cup winner Hideki Matsuyama.
He said: “I am honoured and delighted to be back again to play in the Asian Amateur Championship as the defending champion.
“I would like to thank everyone who made this wonderful opportunity possible for all of us.
“On behalf of my fellow competitors, it is my privilege to declare and pledge our respect to the Rules of Golf and Good Sportsmanship at all times.”