Asia’s leading amateur players were given an insight into what it takes to become a multi-major winner by golfing icon Sir Nick Faldo last night.
All 120 players were joined by officials, patrons and guests to hear the six-time major winner talk about his life and career as well as offer advice to the next generation of golfing heroes at a Gala Dinner held at Singapore’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
As a winner of the Masters Tournament in 1989, ’90 and ’96, as well as the Open Championship in 1987, ’90, ’92, he was perfectly placed to give advice to this week’s competitors on what they can expect if they win on Sunday.
Sir Nick, who now works as a television commentator and golf course designer, also gave some tips on how to play the host venue, The Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course, scene of his victory in the 1993 Johnnie Walker Classic.
Guests also heard from Tommy Lee, chairman of the Asia Pacific Golf Association, R&A Chairman Allan Gormly and the Chairman of Augusta National Billy Payne.
Reflecting on the growth of the tournament at the mid-point of its third edition, Mr Payne said: “Not too long ago, our Club’s membership began thinking about additional ways to positively impact golf’s growth around the world. It is a responsibility we all take seriously, and one that has been part of our tradition since the Masters’ earliest days, when Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones organized a gathering of the world’s greatest players designed to inspire others through their magnificent play.
“It should come as no surprise that our thoughts turned to the potential of this region of the world, and we quickly sought the counsel of The R&A and the APGC, who have for so many years been active architects and supporters of the evolving golf landscape throughout Asia-Pacific.
“The resulting partnership led to the creation of something truly ground breaking – The Asian Amateur Championship. An event capable of developing current and future generations of players who, in time, will themselves inspire the game’s growth.”
The third round of the 2011 Asian Amateur Championship will be aired live by most of the event’s broadcasters – including ESPN-Star – from 3 – 5 pm local time in Singapore (UTC/GMT +8 hours) today. For details check local listings.
Bill Macatee, who is part of the Masters Tournament commentator team, and ESPN-Star’s Dom Boulet will act as the on-site, English-speaking announcers, along with Darren Carroll, who will be the on-course commentator.