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Last updated 18:00, July 18  2019

A squad of six amateurs have been named to represent New Zealand at the 2019 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship held at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China.

Daniel Hillier (Manor Park), Charlie Hillier (Te Puke), Harry Hillier (Te Puke), Luke Brown (The Pines), Kazuma Kobori (Rangiora), and Kerry Mountcastle (Masterton) make up the six-man strong team to take on Asia-Pacific’s best amateur golfers on September 26th–29th.

These six lucky Kiwi’s have been invited to play by The Masters and the R&A based on their World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The winner of the event will be invited to play in the 2020 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, and the 2020 Open Championship at Royal St Georges Golf Club. The runner(s) up will also receive an invitation to play in The Open Championship qualifying series for a chance to book their own spot in The Open Championship.

The team has a mix of experience and youth, spearheaded by world number 24 Daniel Hillier.

Hillier is fresh off a trip to Pebble Beach where he rubbed shoulders with the world’s best at the US Open and is sure to apply all his learning’s from his maiden major appearance in China.

Kazuma Kobori will be making his debut in the prestigious amateur event after a run of hot form; including a win at the New Zealand PGA Championship.

The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship is an invite only event, showing the high calibre of amateur golfers participating in the event. New Zealand Golf would like to congratulate and wish these exciting young amateurs all the best for the tournament.

The tournament will be broadcast both live and through tape delay through the duration of the event.

Daniel Hillier is recently back from the US Open at Pebble Beach.