The R&A, one of three founding partners of the Asian Amateur Championship, has backed the inaugural event to be a great success and has promised a bold future ahead of play on Thursday. 
Together with the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and the Masters Tournament, The R&A has spoken about the opportunities that they believe the tournament will offer the region.
A 116-player field that includes the top male amateur golfers from 30 APGC member nations has gathered at the World Cup Course at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China for the landmark 72-hole event.
An invitation to play in the 2010 Masters awaits the winner, while both the winner and the runner(s)-up will earn a place in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship being played next year at St Andrews.
R&A Chairman Allan Gormly, said: “The R&A, like our partners the APGC and the Masters, celebrates its historical influence on the game, but maintains a focus on the future. Through this alliance we believe we have sent a positive message to hundreds of thousands of new and established Asian golfers.
“We are delighted that our champion and runners-up will join the field for International Final Qualifying and the chance to play at The Open Championship in St Andrews in its 150th anniversary,” he added.

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