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Siem Reap to host Masters finale

Asha Lakshme Balakrishnan of Malaysia hits out of a bunker at Siem Reap’s Angkor Golf Resort in the Faldo Series event on September 12, 2012.
Asha Lakshme Balakrishnan of Malaysia hits out of a bunker at Siem Reap’s Angkor Golf Resort in the Faldo Series event on September 12, 2012. The AGR will host the last round of the 2013 Prudential Astro Masters on Tuesday. SRENG MENG SRUN

Siem Reap to host Masters finale

The enchanting city of Siem Reap will host the 2013 Prudential Astro Golf Masters Grand Final at two of the destination’s most popular links on Monday and Tuesday.

The two-round event to be played in stroke play format is exclusively for 37 finalists emerging from a series of preliminary rounds played all over Malaysia since March this year. On offer are attractive prizes and goodies, while a brand new Lexus CT 200h Luxury car with a road value of 202,899 Malaysian ringgit ($63,000) will be given to anyone making a hole-in-one.

The prizes and other awards are courtesy of Prudential Astro Masters partners – AmBank, Panasonic, Bridgestone, The Star, Titoni, Pharmaton, Cross Creek, Maxis, Samsonite, Fred Lenzo, Cinta Sayang Golf Resort, Banana Boat, Schick, AXN, TVB, Astro Arena, Golf Channel, Golf Magazine, Fresh & White, Shokubutsu, Heineken, Gatorade, Sunrise Wines and Jake’s Charbroil Steaks.

Since the Astro Masters began 15 years ago, nearly 37,000 golfers have experienced the joys and pleasures of playing this unique format that offers great challenges and exhilarating pleasures to golfers of any level.

Monday’s opening round of the grand final will be played at the Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club, which is the city’s longest golf links with a course yardage of 7,396. The action for the decisive final round on Tuesday shifts to the multiple award-winning Angkor Golf Resort, designed by Sir Nick Faldo.

Even as this elite competition moves into top gear, a more leisurely event in System 36 Stableford format for sponsors picks, special invitees and VIPs, in all numbering 53, will be rolling along simultaneously. The local organising effort has been handled by PSD Travel, a member of the golf global tourism organisation, IAGTO.

“This is a good opportunity to showcase Siem Reap golfing experience to a global audience. Through this event we do hope to raise Siem Reap’s profile to a higher level as a golfing destination,” PSD Travel general manager Candra Tanpatti told the Post yesterday.

“The mystical Angkor Wat is a great attraction for international golfers to visit Siem Reap,” he added.

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