10February

Safwan Sobhan visits Kurmitola Golf Club

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The four-day long Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2016, the second time Asian Tour Golf tournament to be held in the country, is all set to roll onto the ground from today at the prestigious Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) in the capital.

Bashundhara Group, the country’s leading business conglomerate, is the title sponsor of the international golf event involving prizes totalling US$300,000 with local hero Siddikur Rahman headlining the tournament on home soil.

Country’s golf ace Siddikur Rahman aside, a total of 138 professional golfers from 25 nations, including 30 Bangladesh golf representatives (25 professionals and five amateurs), will take part in the four-day world-class golf meet.

Apart from country’s ace golfer Siddikur Rahman, Shakhwat Sohel, Dil Mohammad, Dulal Hossain, Sajib Ali, Nur Jamal, Zamal Hossain, Ismail, Liton Howladar, Sujit, Mazed and Milon are the notable names among Bangladesh participants.

Shakhwat Sohel who impressed everyone in last edition booking 19th spot, the best Bangladesh performer in inaugural Bashundhara Bangladesh Open- 2015, will also take the center stage this year.

The matter is, the inaugural Bashundhara Bangladesh Open champion Mardan Mamat from Singapore, who dominated last season throughout the campaign, will miss the second edition of Bashundhara Bangladesh Open due to his father’s sickness.

The four-day long tournament is anticipated to be one of the biggest professional golf events in Asia with the leading professionals from Europe, Africa and Asia all set to vie in this prestigious International golf tournament.

Most of the leading players on the tour are Asian, but players from other parts of the world also participate. For example, beside the Asian golfers, a good number of Australian, American and European golfers are participating in the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open as well.

Ahead of four-day competition, Bangladesh Golf federation (BGF) organized a warm-up match between professionals and amateurs (Pro-Am) as part of preparation held on Tuesday at KGC, where 20 selected professionals including Siddikur and Dulal teamed up with over 70 local amateurs.

Additional Managing Director of Bashundhara Group Safwan Sobhan witnessed the Pro-Am event in the morning to usher the mood of the tournament. Bashundhara Group adviser Major General (Retd) Mahbub Haider, Bashundhara Group Head of Brand Selim Ullah Selim and Manager Saiful Islam Rubel, Bashundhara Group Adviser (PR) and Head of AHR Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdul Wahed were also present and witnessed the day-long warm-up match.

In the day’s Pro-Am event, Bangladesh golfer Dulal Hossain sealed the first place in professional category while country’s golf ace Siddikur Rahman became second runner-up at the same event. Yikeun Chang of Korea earned the first-runner up spot whereas Brigadier general Md Manzur Qader (retd), Major Khandaker Nurul Afsar (retd) and Brigadier general Tarek became the first second and third winner respectively among the amateur participants.

However, a brief discussion was held yesterday during a media conference about 2nd Bashundhara Bangladesh Open where Bashundhara Group Adviser (PR) and Head of AHR Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdul Wahed, local hero Siddikur Rahman, Secretary General of Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF) Brig. Syed Siddique, Tournament Director, Casey O’Toole of USA and Yikeun Chang of Korea attended the press meet.

“Bashundhara Group always patronizes games and sports across the country especially Bashundhara Group is the chief promoter in Golf. The inaugural Bashundhara Bangladesh Open was held successfully. We are committed into a three-year sponsorship agreement with Bangladesh Golf Federation. This is the second time. Last season an awful weather denied Bangladesh success during May 2015. But this year the weather is pretty good. The condition is well-known to local golfers. Local players from different zones across 19 courses from the country were selected. I hope they will bring some good things for the nation this time,” Khandaker Abdul Wahed said.

“I am really very excited to come back home and play on my home course again. It is a pity I did not get a good result last year. The weather is perfect and I think that is why the course is in a better condition, compared to last year. I was surprised to see how good the course conditions were when I played the pro-am tournament this morning. The fairways, the greens and the way they set up the golf course on perfect I must say,” country’s ace golfer Siddikur Rahman said.

The winner of Asian Tour will secure approximately 18% of the amount totalling US$300,000 as prize money. Over 60 players will receive prize money in siding scale.

The four-day tournament will come to an end in a mega prize giving ceremony on February 13.

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