IBM, KFC, Rolex and Zurich Financial Services Group have agreed to become sponsors of the groundbreaking amateur golf event, the Asian Amateur Championship, event officials have announced.

The inaugural championship, which will take place at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, October 29 – November 1, 2009, was announced in February as a joint initiative to grow the game by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The Royal & Ancient Golf Club.

An invitation to play in the 2010 Masters Tournament awaits the winner, while both the winner and the runner-up will gain a place in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship being played next year at St Andrews.

“Valuable partners are integral in fulfilling our mission and ensuring the event’s success,” said Tommy Lee, Chairman of the APGC, the governing body of the Asian Amateur Championship.

“Our goal is to create heroes throughout Asia that will, in turn, inspire others to take up this great game. IBM, KFC, Rolex and Zurich share this vision and will help make it possible for our objective to be achieved.”

The 120-player field will be comprised of the top male amateurs in the region representing 34 countries. Play will consist of 72 holes of stroke play on Mission Hills Golf Club’s World Cup Course with a cut coming after 36 holes.

For more information on the Asian Amateur Championship, visit asianamateurchampionship.com.

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