2021 AMOTA offers a chance for local stars to shine

2020 has not been kind to competitive sport and challenges continue to press tournament organisers with regards to staging events. Peter and Angela Mann have confirmed that the 2021 Men’s & Women’s Australian Master of the Amateurs Championships will be hosted at The Victoria Golf Club, 5th – 8th January 2021.

The Tournament Committee met at the Victorian Golf Club last week to finalise the entry requirements for the Australian Master of the Amateurs field and with International borders closed, a unique opportunity for Australian elite players to gain entry to the field has emerged. The Committee received and considered a number of expressions of interest and granted ‘Wild Card’ entries to those meeting applicable criteria.

“Victoria Victoria GC’s GM Peter Stackpole with AMOTA’s Peter Mann (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“We might not have the international field that we have had in the past, but the tournament is going ahead and presents a unique opportunity for Australian players to play in our nation’s highest ranked amateur event,” said Tournament Founder Peter Mann.

“In 2022 hopefully we will be all open and return to a truely international championship, so this year’s tournament opens up a real opportunity for our own amateurs and we see it as our role to ensure competitive environments continue during this period of isolation not only for the mental health of our players, but ensuring our tournament keeps it’s place as the best in the country.”

The 2021 championships will be played under a COVID-Safe Plan as applicable at the time of the championships. With the Men’s Australian Master of the Amateurs going into its 24th successful year, and ranked number one in Australia, and the Women’s Australian Master of the Amateurs going into its 4th year, the Men’s & Women’s Australian Master of the Amateurs 72-hole Championships are considered by many of the world’s leading amateur golfers to be the finest Amateur Golf Championships in the world.

“We again look forward to hosting these championships which showcase the best amateurs in the country,” said Peter Stackpole, General Manager at Victoria Golf Club.

“Victoria Golf Club is proud to host what is the pinnacle amateur championships, both Men’s and Women’s, in Australia and our layout will again present a stern by fair test for these players.”

Notable past players include Jason Day, who won the title in 2006, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Rodgers, Andy Sullivan, Morgan Hoffman, Tommy Fleetwood, Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Wise.

Last year Alyaa Abdulghany from Malaysia won the Women’s Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship in a three-way play-off while American Sahith Theegala won the 2020 Men’s Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship.