The first-ever match of the Africa Amateur Championship will feature 72 of the continent’s most promising amateur men’s golfers when it is held at the prestigious Leopard Creek Country Club from February 21 to 24.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Kruger National Park, the inaugural championship will provide a world-class platform for the region’s emerging talent to compete against each other, with golfers from 24 countries making up the field.
The winner will earn exemptions into the 152nd Open at Royal Troon, The Amateur Championship, the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Waterfall City Tournament of Champions, offering life-changing opportunities for the eventual champion.
This week, 20 elite women’s amateur golfers will also compete over 54 holes in the first match of the Africa Amateur Women’s Invitational. The winner will earn a start in the Women’s Amateur Championship, final qualification for the AIG Women’s Open and the Investec South African Women’s Open in 2024, and the Lalla Meryem Cup and Magical Kenya Ladies Open in 2025.
“The establishment of the Africa Amateur Championship and the Africa Amateur Women’s Invitational reflects our commitment to fostering talent, creating a pathway for aspiring golfers and raising the standard of amateur golf in the region,” said Phil Anderton, Chief Development Officer at The R&A.
“We want to replicate the success we have achieved in Asia Pacific and Latin America, where our international events for both men and women have become proven platforms for discovering the sport’s future stars. A number of these talented golfers have gone on to become major champions and success on the professional tours, inspiring others to pursue their ambitions in golf.
“We are grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Mr Johann Rupert, a dedicated and passionate partner, in organizing these events in beautiful Leopard Creek and we look forward to seeing who emerges from the field to to etch their names in history. as the first winners of these events.”
Rolex is an event partner of the Africa Amateur Championship and the Africa Amateur Women’s Invitational and is committed to supporting The R&A’s professional and amateur championships.
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