Big boost for WAAP

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Atthaya Thitikul, 2018 Amateur champion Asia-Pacific for women.

If there is a wave of depth and interest in amateur talent of women in the Australian wave, this great news is expecting the pot to be further reconciled

The young Women & # 39; s Amateur Asia-Pacific has confirmed today that it will be another important champion start to the winner of the April tournament.

The second edition of the main amateur championship for women from the Asia Pacific region will be played at the Royal Golf Club in Japan from 25-28 April.

The best domestic women of Australia can join our top athletes from the USA to get a legitimate chance at some extraordinary prizes.

The Evian Championship announced today that it would create a special exemption for the winner, which would contribute to a start in the Women's British Open and an invitation to the new Augusta National Women's Amateur.

Defending champion Atthaya Thitikul from Thailand enjoyed a marvelous year and finished as the leading amateur in both Women & # 39; s British Open and the ANA Inspiration. She was also tied for eighth place at the HSBC Women's World Championship.

The Evian Championship is the fourth of the five majors in women's golf and will be played from July 25-28 in the picturesque Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

The Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific championship was developed by the R & A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation to open up emerging talent and provide a route for the elite female amateurs from the region to stand up to the international scenic

Announcement of the exemption, Franck Riboud, chairman of the Evian camp, said: "We are really honored to cooperate with the R & A on this great championship.

"The Evian Championship, the R & A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation share the same goals and values ​​with regard to the rise of young talents, and we are pleased to announce this new tournament grant from 2019.

"We are convinced that the future of the women's wave is connected to the young talents who beat the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific."

The R & A last year had its Women in Golf Charter & # 39; launched and aims to increase the participation of women and girls in sport, in addition to the policy of & # 39; Vision 2025 & # 39; from Golf Australia.

Kei Muratsu, chairman of the Gulf Confederation Asia-Pacific, said: "In recent years we have seen how dominant women have become from our region Since October 27, 2014, the world number 1 according to the Rolex ranking has always come from an Asian- Pacific country.

"So far this has been limited to countries such as Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, China and Japan, but we have enough talent in the other 37 APGC countries and events such as the Women & # 39; s Amateur Asia-Pacific is the perfect launch pad for them.

"We are very grateful to the Evian Championship for giving our champion an exemption, and the fact that two out of five majors have shown this confidence in us is a great pride in the APGC and what we are trying to do here with women's golf."

Invitations for players will be sent next week. The championship has a field of 90 players with a maximum of six players from each of the APGC countries. In addition, host Japan will receive two extra places.

There are currently 25 players from Asia-Pacific ranked in the World Amateur Golf Ranking top 100.

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