The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship tees off this week at The Royal Golf Club in Japan from April 25-28.

Representing New Zealand in the individual 72-hole stroke play event will be Carmen Lim, Vivian Lu, Brittney Dryland, Caryn Khoo, Jessica Huang and Juliana Hung.

The winner earns invitations to play in two major championships - the AIG Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship, as well as an exemption for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

The current New Zealand Amateur Champion was joined in the press centre by two of Australia’s biggest hopes in Becky Kay and recent ANNIKA Invitational champion Grace Kim who are just two of many hurdles to jump this week.

“Well, it's obviously really good beating the Aussies (laughter) I feel like we have a good chance but they are heaps more strong golfers out there too,” said Lu with a cheeky grin.

“It's really cool being able to play in this event. It's one of the biggest events for amateur golf and it's really fun hanging out with the girls laughing and playing together.”

The Aucklander is very aware of what Wenyung Keh achieved last year in the inaugural event when she made the four-way playoff.

“Yeah, Wenyung, she's like really good and doing really well in the States. It would be like amazing to get to where she did last year.”

This championship has been developed by The R&A and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation to unearth emerging talent and provide a pathway for Asia’s elite female amateurs to the international stage.

The inaugural championship was won by Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul in Singapore. The 15-year-old secured a dramatic wire-to-wire victory following that four-way play-off at Sentosa Golf Club.

Full field here




    1 Kobori, Kazuma 144.73
    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 126.40
    3 Hillier, Daniel 105.14
    4 Brown, Luke 94.17
    5 McLean, Matthew 93.77
    1 Khoo, Caryn 113.33
    2 Lee, Jeong Hyun 103.20
    3 Dryland, Brittney 91.91
    4 Lee, Danika 80.99
    5 Lee, Roun 66.67