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Korea’s Han wins Inaugural Asian Amateur

Posted on: November 2, 2009

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Chang-Won Han of Korea Wins Inaugural Asian Amateur

Chang-Won Han of the Korean National Team won the Inaugural Asian Amateur Championship this past Sunday Nov. 1st, 2009. With this monumental win and a place in history, Han also earns an invitation to the 2010 Masters at Augusta National on the PGA Tour.  He also earned a spot in the International Final Qualifying Field for the 2010 British Open which is being played at the historic Old Course @ St. Andrews. Han shot a final round 2 under par 70 to post a 4 day 12 under-par 276 total to win by 5 shots over Northwestern University standout Eric Chun. Although he bogeyed three of his last five holes, he had built such a commanding lead that he still won by 5. With this win, Han has solidified the fact that he is one of the best amateur players in the world and the best in the Asia-Pacific Region which also includes Australia and New Zealand.

The tournament was played at the world famous Mission Hills Golf Club’s World Cup Course in Shenzhen, China. It is considered the world’s largest golf facility with over 10 18 hole golf courses, all designed by world famous golfers and designers. The field was comprised of the best amateurs from countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Just last month, Han had also won the individual title at the Nomura Cup, which is the Asia-Pacific Team Amateur Championship. Han has become the third Korean and third teenager to be in the 2010 Masters Field. This is the first time 3 Koreans have been entered and includes PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang and US Amateur Champ Byeong-Hun An of Bradenton Prep.

This tournament is a catalyst behind the rise of golf dominance in Asia. It was established with the Augusta National Executive Committee and the R&A’s backing. Next year, it will be played at the prestigious Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan.

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