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Antonio Murdaca with trophy and Masters flag

Antonio Murdaca with trophy and Masters flag

 

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club recently hosted the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (APAC), a prestigious event jointly hosted by the Asia-Pacific Golf Federation I(APGF), The R&A and the Masters Tournament. Players as young as 16 from 38 countries in the region competed over 72 holes and the runaway winner was 19 year old Australian Antonio Murdaca with a score of 13 under. As a result of his win, he will now compete in the 2015 US MASTERS at The Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

 

It was announced during the event by Peter Dawson of The R&A, Billy Paine of the Masters Tournament and Dr David Cherry of the APGF that in 2015 the APAC event will move to Hong Kong. The event will be played at the spectacular Clearwater Bay Golf Club which has recently been upgraded by Australian golf course architects Thomson Perrett.

 

Having undergone a major renovation by Thomson Perrett some 8 -10 years ago, the golf club has been on a path of constant improvement ever since. The management at Clearwater Bay has made a number of changes to the course to better position the course for international events. In 2012 Thomson Perrett were engaged to oversee the changes over a 2 year period which involved the construction of new tees on 4 holes, new bunkers on several holes, modifications to 6 greens and the construction of a new Driving Range and short game practice area. The 6th green was altered at the front to eliminate a false front and to create some challenging pin placements. An additional greenside bunker was added to toughen up  the 7th hole, a driveable short par 4. The mowing heights around the green were reduced to allow balls to roll back into the bunkers and the lake, should the green be missed from the tee.

 

 

 

The Thomson Perrett renovated Clearwater Bay Golf Course.

The Thomson Perrett renovated Clearwater Bay Golf Course.

 

 

 

The most significant work was the redesign and construction of a new 9th green complex and the construction of a Driving Range for use during tournaments. The previous green was difficult to see and lacked sufficient pin placements suitable for 6 days of tournament practice and play. The new green was raised and extended to the right and now has a completely new look. The new Driving Range utilizes the land normally used as a dedicated 9 hole executive course located adjacent to the Country Club sporting facilities that are separate from the Golf Club.

 

The Asia Pacific Amateur Championship is now regarded as one of the world’s premier amateur events and it will continue to grow in status whilst quality courses like Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Clearwater Bay Golf Club are selected as venues. It will also showcase how quality golf courses can be created in diverse environments and climates. As golf continues to grow in the emerging markets of the Asia- Pacific Region we can expect to see new venues created to cater for the inevitable growth in golf’s popularity.

 

WRITTEN ON November 4th, 2014 BY Tim AND STORED IN Uncategorized

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