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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 165
* Fathers Day Special * *Offer valid to the 30th November Swing like a BOSS SEE THE SWING BOSS IN ACTION AMATEURS EYE MASTERS START SIX Australians, including defending champion Antonio Murdaca, will contest the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club this week. Joining Murdaca are Cameron Davis, Jarryd Felton, Lucas Herbert, Ryan Ruffels [pictured] and Travis Smyth for a young but prestigious event offering a coveted invitation to the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), taking place from October 1 to 4, is played annually at a different venue throughout the Asia-Pacific. Organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, Masters Tournament and the R&A, the champion and runner-up also gain entry to The Open Qualifying Series for The Open at Royal Troon. Ruffels, the region’s No.1 ranked player, is expected to be a major threat. He is the only golfer from the Asia-Pacific to occupy a top-10 spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 17-year-old finished three places behind Murdaca at the AAC last year. Murdaca is one of two former winners in the field in Hong Kong. The Adelaide amateur won by an impressive seven strokes a year ago in front of his home crowd at Royal Melbourne Golf Club to become the first AAC winner from Australia. His form has been solid this season, recording a win at the South Australia Amateur Classic and an 11th place finish at the St Andrews Links Trophy. Since its inauguration in 2009, the AAC has produced an impressive list of winners, including two-time champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who has recorded top-20 finishes across all four majors since turning professional in 2013. Continuing under its banner of ‘Creating Future Heroes’, the AAC will feature 120 players from the APGC’s member associations and will be played over 72 holes of strokeplay, with a cut for the leading 60 players plus ties after 36 holes. TRAPS AROUND the
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