Thailand to host 2012 Asian Amateur Championship

At a ceremony held during the second round of the Asian Amateur Championship at The Singapore Island Country Club it was announced that Thailand will host next year’s event.

Officials also confirmed the fourth playing of the championship will be staged at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, southeast of Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, from November 1 – 4, 2012.

In addition to the champion’s 2013 Masters Tournament invitation, the winner and the runner(s)-up of the event will receive positions in International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for the Open Championship, which will provide the opportunity to become eligible for the Championship’s 142nd edition being held at Muirfield that year.

Tommy Lee, Chairman of the APGC Executive Committee, Billy Payne, Chairman of the Masters Tournament, and Allan Gormly, Chairman of The R&A, were joined by Andrew Yau, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Amata Spring Country Club, and Rungsrid Luxsitanonda, President of the Thailand Golf Association, for the ceremony that took place at SICC’s New Course.

Lee said: “Today, the Thailand Golf Association and Amata Spring Country Club join an impressive list of partners essential to the stability and growth of the Asian Amateur Championship. We are confident that their support will help multiply our efforts to grow the game, increase its exposure throughout Asia-Pacific and provide the premier competitive platform for the region’s elite amateur players.”

“We’re honoured to be supporting such a significant golfing event, both in terms of present-day stature and long-term golf development in the region,” Yau said. “As hosts, we are confident the first-class facilities at Amata Spring Country Club will be a fitting venue for this championship.”

“It is a tremendous privilege for the country of Thailand and our golf association to act as hosts to this event,” Luxsitanonda said. “This opportunity will allow our representative players to test their games on familiar ground  against the very best, which may serve as a platform to inspire greater participation at home and abroad.”

Since it opened in 2005, Amata Spring Country Club has hosted several international events and boasts Asia’s only floating green at the club’s 145-yard, par-3 17th.  Last year, the club was the venue for International Final Qualifying for the 2011 Open Championship, which it will again stage in January for the 2012 Open. Amata Spring Country Club also recently announced the establishment of the Thailand Golf Championship. Earlier this week, the Asian Tour extended a special invitation to this week’s winner of the Asian Amateur Championship to compete in this season-ending tournament, which will take place December 15-18, 2011.

“We’re obviously excited to work alongside the APGC, Masters Tournament and The R&A in making this event a success,” said Amata Spring Executive Director Sarath Ratanavadi, who couldn’t attend on Friday. “We take our responsibility seriously to provide a world-class experience for the players and look forward to hosting a wonderful championship next November.”