WAAP in Pattaya rescheduled for next year

WAAP in Pattaya rescheduled for next year

PATTAYA: The Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) championship has been rescheduled to Sept 30-Oct 3, 2021 due to the continuing uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers announced on Wednesday.

The third editon of the WAAP will be staged at the Siam Country Club's Waterside Course in Pattaya in the championship's first visit to Thailand.

The WAAP is developed by the R&A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) to unearth developing talent and provide a pathway for Asia's elite women amateurs to emerge on the international stage.

The 2021 tournament will be supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Sports Authority of Thailand.

The third WAAP championship was originally scheduled for February this year and was postponed to this month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The tournament began in 2018 in Singapore and was won by Thai prodigy Atthaya Thitikul, who has since turned professional.

Atthaya, now 17, finished second behind Japan's Yuka Yasuda, who won the title on home soil last year.

The winner earns invitations to play in two major championships -- the Women's British Open and Evian Championship -- as well as an exemption for the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

Meanwhile, the LPGA Tour is taking a break after the Drive On Championship in Greensboro, Georgia, which was won by American player Ally McDonald on Sunday.

The tour will resume at the Pelican Women's Championship in Florida from Nov 19-22.

It will be followed by three final events of the season in three successive weeks in December -- the Volunteers of America Classic in Texas (Dec 3-6), the US Women's Open (Dec 10-13) and the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida (Dec 17-20).

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