BUDDING Hong Kong internationals will have to wipe the sleep from their eyes when they tee-off in the Budweiser Classic, one of the world's largest amateur golf tournaments. Featuring more than 400 players in three sections, tomorrow's one-day extravaganza is being staged over the New and Old courses at the Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC). If getting so many golfers around the courses is a mesmerising logistical challenge for tournament organisers, it is going to be tough on the players, too. Indeed, the biggest handicap many will face is getting to the Fanling venue on time. With play due to commence at 6 am, early morning calls for participants will be the order of the day. Although 216 men with handicaps between 15 and 24 will be vying for glory in a Stableford tournament on the venerable Old Course, main attention will be focused on the adjoining New Course where the territory's elite low-handicappers aim to press their Nomura Cup claims. The Asia-Pacific men's amateur team championship for the Nomura title will be held at Fanling in November and several contenders for places in the four-strong Hong Kong team are anxious to enhance their prospects. Among them are national champion Eric Saxvik and fellow American Chip Brewer, teenage HKGC champion Roderick Staunton, South African Stuart Murray and golfing commentator Myles Averns, who won the best gross last year with a 72. A total of 78 women will follow the men on the New Course in their own Stableford event, although the territory's top female players will be conspicuous by their absence. Quite how the early starters will fare on the morning after the night before remains to be seen. But it's unlikely they'll be indulging in the sponsor's product - at least until they've completed their rounds.