Aadil Bedi to represent India at Australian Master of the Amateur Championship
Melbourne, January 4: Aadil Bedi, who grew up playing at the scenic Panchkula Golf course, situated on the Shivalik foothill on the right bank of river Ghagar, is all set to represent India at the Australian Master of the Amateur Championship at the historic Royal Melbourne Golf Club from January 9-12, 2018.
Aadil, who won the Indian Sports Honour Award 2017 by Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF), reached Melbourne early to play practice rounds and get acclimatized to the fast greens at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Aadil, who is coached by Jesse Grewal, has had a successful year and he will be hoping for a strong finish in the tournament. He won two international matches in Singapore and USA in May and July 2017. He also finished 3rd runner-up in True Vision Golf Championship in Thailand in March 2017. He clinched the Western India Amateur Championship in Mumbai in February 2017 and finished runners-up at Telangana Amateur Championship in November 2017.
“I am really excited to rub shoulders with the best amateur golfers from the world. The tournament places you on centre stage with Australian and International top Amateur Golfers, amongst the lights, cameras, and action. It’s just great that 77 of the top world amateurs will be competing with me at Royal Melbourne and great to be part of a high-class event in Australia at the start of the New Year,” said Aadil.
Aadil will join an elite list of golfers who have played this tournament. Noted past players include the likes of Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Victor Dubuisson, Andy Sullivan, Tommy Fleetwood, Bryson DeChambeau to name a few.
The tournament is held the week before the Australian Amateur Championship in Perth, Western Australia from January 16 – 20. Aadil will also compete at the Victoria Junior Masters at the Churchill and Waverly Park Golf Club, Melbourne from January 22-25.
Aadil will receive advance golf training at the Butch Harmon Academy, Dubai in July 2018 courtesy Virat Kohli Foundation. The foundation will also provide advance fitness training and nutrition support to Aadil Bedi for the next five years. Aadil’s father Harry Bedi said, “The Main purpose is to play international events and get World Amateur Golf Ranking points in order to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in August 2018.”
The Australian Master of the Amateurs is the highest ranked Category A event in Australia, and is ranked by the R&A as the highest ranked Amateur Championship in Australia.
For the first time, The Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship will introduce a women’s tournament with 24 of the top elite female National and International Golfers.
The 24 elite female golfers will join the 78 National and International elite male amateur golfers, in a separate Championship, under the same title of the Australian Master of the Amateurs.
The Australian Master of the Amateurs heads into its 21st successful year and its 8th
consecutive year at the world recognised Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Australian Master of the Amateurs 72-hole Championship is considered by many of the worlds leading amateur golfers to be the finest Amateur Golf Championship in the world.
The 2018 Men’s Australian Master of the Amateurs Green Jacket Champion shall receive an exemption into the 2018 Amateur Championship (UK), Porter Cup (USA), The Players Amateur (USA), and The Dogwood Invitational (USA).
The 2018 Women’s Australian Master of the Amateurs Green Jacket Champion shall receive an exemption into the 2018 Women’s Western Amateur Championship (USA), the 2018 Women’s Porter Cup Championship (USA) and the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship (USA).
Amateurs, Angela & Peter Mann stated:“This will see the best female amateur golfers from around the world compete for a second “Coveted Green Jacket” and the honour of being the first female Australian Master of the Amateurs Champion.”
Warwick Hill-Rennie, General Manager, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, said “Royal Melbourne Golf Club is delighted to see the inclusion of an elite field of women golfers to contest the 2018 Australian Masters of the Amateurs tournament to be held on the east course at Royal Melbourne from the 9th January 2018.
“With the world’s top-ranked international players arriving to compete in both events, it provides a unique opportunity for Australia’s amateur women to compete against the very best in the world on home soil. The Royal Melbourne Golf Club is committed to amateur golf and looks forward to welcoming the world’s best women golfers to Victoria.”
Alizza Hetherington, Member, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, said “I am really excited to have been asked to play in the first-ever women’s “Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship” being held here at The Royal Melbourne in January 2018.”