The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2017
GOLF & LEISURE 47 won back-to-back titles in 2010-11 to help launch a career that now sees him inside the top 10 in the official world rankings. The Royal Wellington Golf Club will host the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in October this year, with 120 players battling it out for a chance to tee it up at the Masters next April. The Latin America Amateur Championship has only been around for three years but it is already proving to be a big motivator for young players from that part of the world to aim for the highest levels of the game. Augusta National is also one of the foundation members of The First Tee, a youth development organisation that impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programmes most sought-after invitations in the game and possibly in all of sport. Those who can expect a letter in the mail the January before each Masters are: the US Amateur champion and runner- up, the British Amateur champion, US Mid Amateur champion (25 years and over), Asia Pacific Amateur champion and the Latin America Amateur champion. The Asia Pacific and Latin America championships are just a small part of the work of the Masters Tournament Foundation. In 2011, chairman Billy Payne formed this charitable arm to invest in the growth of the game and development initiatives around the globe. The Asia Pacific Amateur was established in 2009 and previous winners include Hideki Matsuyama, who to Augusta National on the Sunday before the Masters. The event is broadcast live on the Golf Channel and winners are presented with their trophy by a former Masters champion. The atmosphere is infectious and it’s a great way to nurture the dreams of thousands of young kids across America. All of these initiatives are funded by Augusta National and the Masters Tournament Foundation and it represents a significant investment in young people who play the game. Winning the Masters is, to say the least, a career-changing moment for any golfer, but possibly the greatest legacy of the Masters Tournament is the impact it has on young lives around the world. that build character and promotes values like integrity, honesty, sportsmanship and respect through the game of golf. Although no longer operational in New Zealand, The First Tee targets kids that may not necessarily have the potential to win a major one day but can learn valuable lessons from the game, which they then can apply in other areas of their lives. Then there’s the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, a joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Golf Tournament, US Golf Association and PGA of America. This is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills. Finalists from local and regional qualifying competitions are invited William Porter Payne presents the trophy to leading amateur Hideki Matsuyama at the 2011 Masters Tournament. Bobby Jones never turned pro and retired from golf at 28, but from 1923 to 1930 he won 13 major championships as an amateur.
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