SINGAPORE (Oct. 3, 2018) – ETSU sophomore Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) is set to play in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, which gets underway this week from the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.
Go, a 2018 All-Southern Conference and SoCon All-Freshman Team selection, will represent his home country of Japan in this week’s tournament. The Buccaneer sophomore has played in all three tournaments for the Blue and Gold this fall, while generating a stroke average of 71.67, which ranks sixth in the SoCon. Go finished tied for 17th in the fall opener at the Rod Myers Invitational, marking his fifth straight top-20 placement (dating back to last season). As a freshman, Go posted two top-10 finishes in his final three outings en route to registering a stroke average of 72.53.
Go will begin play in the opening round Wednesday night at 8:50 p.m. (EDT) from No. 10. Go will then tee off in the second round on Friday morning at 1:05 a.m. (EDT) from No.10. Go will be paired with India’s Varun Parikh and China’s Han Xue in both rounds.
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The tournament is a 72-hole, stroke play format, which will be held Thursday thru Sunday. A cut takes place after 36 holes for the leading 60 players plus ties. In the event of a tie after 72 holes, the winner is decided by a sudden-death playoff.
A full field of 120 players from 40 countries – up from 32 when the event was first held – will vie for what has often been described as the ‘ultimate prize’ for them. The champion will earn an invitation to the 2019 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club and a place in The 148th Open at Royal Portrush in 2019. The runner(s)-up will gain a spot in The Open Qualifying Series.
The biggest endorsement of the AAC’s success is perhaps the fact that it has now been accorded the ‘Elite’ status by World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) – a privilege enjoyed by just a few other men’s amateur tournaments in the world –The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship, the European Amateur Championship, the NCAA Division I Championship and the World Amateur Team Championship.
There are as many as 12 players in the top 50 including two from China, one from India, Thailand and Chinese Taipei, and 20 players in the top 100.
If the biggest barometer of a championship’s success is the quality of its Roll of Honor, however, the AAC can proudly showcase champions like Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (winner in 2010 and 2011), Guan Tianlang of China (2012, who went on to become the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters at the age of 14 years and five months) and Curtis Luck of Australia (2016). In addition, the current list of top 100 professional players in the world features several past AAC participants, including Matsuyama, Cameron Smith (Australia), Satoshi Kodaira (Japan), Ryan Fox (New Zealand), Si-woo Kim (Korea) and C.T. Pan (Chinese Taipei).
Invitations for the championship are sent to the leading players from the 41 Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) affiliated organizations. Each organization is automatically provided with two positions, which are to be filled by their highest-ranked players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
If there is only one or no players from a member organization in the Ranking, a member organization is able to nominate one or two players accordingly, provided the player/s have a handicap of 5.4 or less.
The remainder of the field is filled by taking the next highest ranked players from the WAGR with the maximum number of players allowed from any organization being six. The only exception is for the host country, which is allowed to nominate an additional four players.
The 120-player field is annually comprised of the top male amateurs in the Asia-Pacific region representing the 41 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation member organizations.
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The 2018 AAC will be broadcast in more than 160 countries, again placing the AAC as the most televised amateur golf tournament in the world. This coverage was produced by Asian Tour Media and included three hours of live coverage all four days. A 30-minute wrap-up highlight was also produced after the conclusion of the final round.
Specific broadcast times for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship are as follows:
2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship – US Broadcast Times
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