Dubai is home to the prestigious Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (ACC) after the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) won the right to host the postponed 12th Elite Amateur Tournament.
The news was confirmed today when Masters Tournament, R&A and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation announced that the tournament will take place from November 3-6 at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
The 2020 AAC, which was due to take place at Royal Melbourne in Australia last year, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held in the UAE for the first time and will join numerous professional and amateur events that Dubai hosts annually, including the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic European Tour and the DP World Tour Championship.
The Asia Pacific Amateur Championship was established in 2009 to further develop amateur golf in the Asia Pacific region. The champion is invited to compete in the Masters and The Open, while the runners get a spot in the final qualifier for The Open.
Taimur Hassan Amin, Chairman of the APGC, Fred Ridley, Chairman of the Masters Tournament, and Martin Snumbers, Chief Executive Officer of R&A, said in a joint statement, “Hideki Matsuyama’s historic Masters win this year is two-fold. The Asia Pacific Amateur Champion highlighted the importance of this event as a platform for the development of the game and the growth of talent in the region. We are grateful for the support of the Emirates Golf Federation and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, and we are committed to working closely with all participants to host this year’s championship with appropriate protocols so that we can safely deliver this life-changing opportunity for these worthy players.
“The Dubai Creek Championship Course will reinforce the tradition of the world-class venues that hosted the Championship, and we look forward to showcasing the best amateurs in the Asia-Pacific region this fall.”
The Dubai Creek Championships Course, opened in 1993, is an 18-hole par-71 course originally designed by Karl Litten prior to its 2004 modernization under the direction of Thomas Bjorn. The track previously hosted the 1999 and 2000 Dubai Desert Classic and the Dubai Creek Open as part of the Mena Tour, in which Rayhan Thomas, second-place AAC in 2018, set a track record of 61 in 2017.
Most recently, Dubai Creek hosted the Dubai Championship as part of the World Amateur Tour last December.
“After being part of the AAC for many years as a member of the APGC, we are delighted to welcome this prestigious championship to the UAE for the first time,” said Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the EGF. “This opportunity means a lot to many talented hobbyists in the Asia Pacific region. We are honored to support APGC, Masters Tournament and R&A in their efforts to deliver a safe event and advance our shared mission to drive the growth and development of golf. ”
Chris May, CEO of Dubai Golf, added: “AAC brings together top amateurs from across the region and the world every year, and we are proud to be the host of this year’s event by the founding partners. Our championship course presents a challenging and inspiring challenge for players, and we look forward to highlighting their talent and contributing to AAC’s impact on the game. ”