Two more international amateur championships have been cancelled due to COVID-19 as the R&A announced that the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) and the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) won’t be played in 2020.

The WAAP, organised by the R&A in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), originally had been postponed from February to October 7-10, when it was to be played at Siam Country Club in Thailand. The event will now be held from February 4-7, 2021.

The AAC, fun by the R&A, APGC and the Masters, was to take place from October 29 to November 1 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in our backyard. The winner receives an invitation to the Masters and the Open Championship. No dates for future championships have been set.

“Our highest priority is the health and safety of our players, officials and everyone throughout the world involved in running these great championships,” said Taimur Amin, chairman of the APGC. Given the ongoing concerns and global impacts of this pandemic, we determined with our respective partners that these events unfortunately could not proceed as planned this year.

“My sympathies are with all the players who were looking forward to participating. They can rest assured that, together with our partners, we will continue to provide these life-changing opportunities when it is safe to do so. We are grateful to everyone involved in the staging of both championships for their understanding and shared dedication to our mission, and we look forward to continuing our work together to advance the game throughout the Asia-Pacific.”