Muscat: Experienced Oman golfer Azaan Al Rumhy will be making a record eighth appearance at the 13th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championships (AAC), which will be played at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand from 27-30 October.
As the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) from the Sultanate of Oman, Azaan received his invitation to compete against the region’s top amateur golfers at the 2022 AAC, organised by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A. As part of his preparations for the AAC, Azaan took a trip to Dubai where one of two programmes was organised by the AAC Academy earlier this year.
The AAC Academy programme concept was created following the tenth anniversary of the AAC in 2018. While catering to fit specific player needs, the programme focuses on key areas such as sport psychology, strength and conditioning, swing analysis, short game instruction and technical swing improvement. Besides Dubai, this year the AAC Academy programme was held at Amata Spring Country Club.
Ahead of his participation in the AAC, Azaan said: “I am looking forward to competing in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship once again. Amata Springs is a course where I have played in the past. My goal is to play well and to make the cut. I have been working hard to prepare for the event and thoroughly enjoyed the AAC Academy programme in Dubai in September. I am hoping to have my best display at the AAC and improve my amateur ranking. I must thank Augusta National, The R&A, and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation for giving us this fantastic opportunity.”
Also heading to Thailand are Oman junior team members, Adam Al Barwani and Avi Hamlai. Both will take part in the 88th SINGHA Thailand Junior World Golf Championships, which will be held at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course from 27-30 October.
Adam is in good form, having recently played at the Pan Arab Golf Championships in Tunisia where he finished fourth in individual category and also led the national under-15 side to a fourth-place finish.
Mundhir Al Barwani, Oman Golf Association chairman said: “We wish Azaan, Adam, and Avi all the best for their upcoming trips to Thailand. For Azaan to be competing in his 8th Asia Pacific Amateur Championship is a great achievement. We know that the standard in this event is extremely high, so it is an opportunity for Azaan to measure himself against the best in the wider Asia-Pacific region. For Adam and Avi, the Thai Junior Championships will serve as a fantastic platform to develop their abilities and allow them to experience competing on a bigger stage. They have both been very active in our domestic GOjuniors Tour events.”
“We must thank the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Youth for their ongoing support and also our partners and sponsors, Oman LNG, Sohar Aluminium, Moore Stephens, and Shell, for allowing us to continue to develop junior golf, he further added.”