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The Asian Amateur Championship has landed IBM, KFC, Rolex and Zurich Financial Services as sponsors for the inaugural event that will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen , China .

The formation of the Asian Amateur was announced in February by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters and the R&A as a joint effort to grow the game. The winner of this year’s event will receive an invitation to play in the 2010 Masters and both the winner and runner-up will earn a spot in International Final Qualifying for next year’s British Open.

The 72-hole stroke play event will have a 36-hole cut and the 120-player field will have the top amateurs in the region representing 34 countries.