A spot at 2015 Masters up for grabs at Royal Melbourne this week

World class golf is at Royal Melbourne this week with the staging of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

Entry is free to watch some of the world’s best up and coming golfers are on show at Royal Melbourne’s composite course this week.

Players from 38 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation nations will contest for this year’s title and the chance to win a spot in the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

This will be the fifth time the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship has been held but the first time it has been hosted in Australia.

The tournament was set up by members of Augusta National and the R&A to showcase the region’s best young golfers and support golf internationally. Up for grabs is a spot in the 2015 Masters Tournament

The event has gained greater interest with each year. In 2012 Guan Tianlang won the event and went on to become not only the youngest player to ever play the Masters but was the only amateur to make the cut in 2013.

The 72-hole tournament tees off at Royal Melbourne composite course this Thursday with 120 players from 27 countries in the field. It includes a strong contingent of 10 Australians that will be right in the mix including Ryan Ruffels, Lucas Herbert and Anthony Murdaca.

“It’s pretty special to be playing a tournament here in Australia, where if you happen to play well for one week you’ve got a trip to the Masters secured.” Ruffels said. “It’s a huge incentive. Augusta is a place you dream of playing as a kid growing up.”

Entry is free.

There are no excuses. This is top class golf with no doubt plenty of green jacket wearing Augusta National members in attendance so get on out to Royal Melbourne to watch.

Not only is entry to the event free, but the first 100 patrons through the gates on each day will receive a tournament cap and the week will culminate on Sunday October 26 with a Dads ‘n’ Lads day out.

Fathers bring your sons, boys bring your dads, or if you’re a bit brave, your father in-law.

Entry into The Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will be free. For more information, visit www.aacgolf.com.

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